Limestone Way

Guided Trail

Code: DVLLL

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Medium
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £669.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

The Limestone Way takes you through the dramatically beautiful backdrop of The Derbyshire Dales, marrying the stunning natural landscape with the historical influences of man’s toil. A journey with sustained interest and visual treats from Castleton in the north to Rocester in the south.

Holiday Highlights

  • The varied limestone landscapes of the Peak District National Park from Castleton to Rocester
  • Traditional villages of Derbyshire’s White Peak including Youlgreave, Monyash and Tissington, famous for its Ascension Day well dressings
  • Walking through patchwork fields and superb valleys including Hay Dale, Peter Dale and Lathkill Dale
  • The unusual gritstone rocks of Robin Hood’s Stride

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
  • Social activities in the evening

Accommodation

The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe, less than a mile from the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the Dove Dale gorge. Named after the novel by Sir 3-star Visit Britain Guest AccommodationWalter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.

Bedrooms

The Peveril of the Peak has 45 en-suite bedrooms, all located in the main building.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

On the ground floor there is a large reception area and lounge, a newly refurbished dining room and a bar.

Upstairs there is a large function room and additional bar. This is a very flexible space that can be used for dancing, or as a very comfortable room for many leisure activity holidays.

Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.  There is also a range of board games and books.

The Peveril of the Peak has extensive grounds with an attractive patio and garden with wide-ranging views of the surrounding countryside.

A footpath leads directly from the car park to the famous stepping stones at the base of Dove Dale, less than a mile away. Also nearby is the Tissington Trail, an old railway line that is now a traffic-free route for walkers and cyclists.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk about the local area from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Castleton to Taddington

The Limestone Way leaves Castleton in the amphitheatre of the Hope Valley via the rocky defile of Cave Dale passing beneath Peveril Castle and rising to the plateau of Old Moor. We then descend through a series of lovely dales reaching the meandering Wye Valley, crossing via Miller’s Dale beneath the imposing twin viaducts of the old Bakewell to Buxton railway line (now The Monsal Trail). Ascending, with panoramic views, to end day 1 at Taddington (one of the highest villages in England). 10¼ miles (16.5km), with 1,900 feet (570m) of ascent.

Taddington to Youlgreave

Over 1000 feet above sea level we traverse a typical White Peak landscape criss-crossed with dry stone walls to reach the village of Monyash, once an important centre of the lead mining industry and the gateway to delightful Lathkil Dale. Upper Lathkil Dale still shows many signs of past industrial activity and is a classic deep and dramatic White Peak dale. We cross the fledgling River Lathkil at Lathkil Head cavetto tackle the steep stone staircase in Cales dale and, again with great views, cross the hillside of Calling Low to drop into Bradford Dale. We discover the story of the Bradford Dams before ascending to finish at Youlgreave. 9¼ miles (15km), with 1000 feet (300m) of ascent.

Rest day

A day with no walks planned and the opportunity to explore the area independently

Youlgreave to Grangemill

The rich variety of scenery and industrial heritage continues on day 3 as we ascend to Harthill Moor and Robin Hood’s Stride following the old packhorse route known as ‘The Portway’. We then pass the old lead mining village of Winster and continue to ascend over Wyn’s Tor and Luntor Rocks with far reaching views along the Derwent Valley. Further historical evidence of lead mining can be seen as we progress through Bonsall and Ible ending the day at Grangemill at the top of the brooding Via Gellia. 9½ miles (15.25km), with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.

Grangemill to Thorpe (Peveril of the Peak)

From Grangemill we pass high above the giant Flourspar and Limestone Quarry at Long Rake to cross the old Cromford and High Peak railway (now The High Peak Trail). This area is characterised by several prominent craggy outcrops, notably Harboro’ Rocks (topping out at 1250 feet) and Rainster Rocks and also evidence of ancient Barrows and Burial Chambers. Down to the village of Parwich and on to Tissington, a Feudal Estate that has stood still in time. After exploring, we leave by The Tissington Trail (our 3rd ex railway line) heading for Thorpe and our Hotel. 8½ miles (13.5km), with 1,170 feet (350m) of ascent

Thorpe to Rocester

The Final Countdown! From Lovely Thorpe village we descend to cross The River Dove over the very long Coldwall Bridge – originally the turnpike linking this area with the Potteries. The route ascends Marten Hill for a fine panorama and once across the main road follows a delightful little ridge affording westerly views to the Weaver Hills and East to the lower Dove Valley. Passing through Ellastone, birthplace of the author George Eliot, we drop beside the River Dove before gradually ascending to the historic little town of Rocester nestling between the Rivers Dove and Churnet. You’ve done it!. 9¼miles (15km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderfully peaceful location in the village of Thorpe, and is surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Derbyshire Dales.

The nearest facilities are in the small town of Ashbourne, about 3 miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of shops plus supermarkets, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.

During your stay you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Dove Dale
One of the natural wonders of the Peak District, the spectacular limestone valley of Dove Dale is less than 1 mile from The Peveril of the Peak – just follow the footpath signs from the car park.

Chatsworth House
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s most visited stately homes, which sits at the heart of a huge estate. Throughout the house there are fine displays of furniture, silver, tapestries, porcelain and paintings. The formal gardens cover 105 acres and include fountains, sculptures and a maze. Chatsworth is around 50 minutes' drive from The Peveril of the Peak. www.chatsworth.org

Buxton
The Regency spa town of Buxton is about 19 miles from the Peveril of the Peak. Two key attractions are the town’s opera house, and Poole’s Cavern show cave. www.poolescavern.co.uk or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Crich Tramways Village
Located near the village of Crich, about 45 minutes' drive away, the National Tramway Museum has an impressive collection of vintage trams which run on a recreated historic street. www.tramway.co.uk

Castleton
The popular village of Castleton is an excellent starting point for walks in the ‘Dark Peak’; just under an hour's  drive away. Nearby are four extensive show caves: Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. www.castleton.co.uk/caverns

Bakewell
Home to the famous ‘Bakewell Pudding’, this is one of the most attractive small towns in the national park. Bakewell is around 35 minutes' drive away.

Alton Towers
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com

Cromford Mill
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk

Haddon Hall
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away. www.haddonhall.co.uk

Tissington Trail
The Tissington Trail is just half a mile away from The Peveril of the Peak. This offers 13 miles of traffic-free cycling along a disused railway line and connects with the 17 mile High Peak Trail. Cycle hire is available nearby.

Travel

The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW

By train: The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

By taxi: The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.

By car: From the south leave the M1 at junction 24 and head to Ashbourne via the A50 and A515. Continue north on the A515 heading towards Buxton. 1 mile north of Ashbourne turn left, signposted to Thorpe, Dovedale and Ilam. After a further 2 miles the road bends sharply left by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign. 

From Buxton take the A515 south towards Ashbourne. After 17 miles turn right at a crossroads, following signs to Thorpe, Ilam and Dovedale. After 1 mile turn right by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign. 

From the west leave the M6 at junction 15 and head via the A50, Cheadle (A521) and Oakamoor (A5417) to the A52. At the junction of the A52 and the A523 take the minor road signposted to Ilam. After 1½ miles turn left and descend the hill. Cross the bridge at Ilam, turn right and follow the road up a steep hill and onwards through Dovedale and Thorpe village. The Peveril of the Peak is on the left hand side at the end of the village.

A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

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12 Jul 2016, 10:03 a.m.

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Holidays are well organised, planned and led. Have never had a leader who has not been excellent.

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Peveril of the PeK is a work in progress but tremendous improvements have been made since we last visited. The boot room is top not h
11 Jul 2016, 3:56 p.m.

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HF provides an excellent holiday package, with accommodation, guided walks and entertainment for the price. No need to spend another pence once you have arrived!

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The Limestone way was a delight, with excellent walking, marvellous and varied scenery and good walking weather.
11 Jul 2016, 7:17 a.m.

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Location of the centre is very good for access to walking and the communal facilities are now very good.

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The Limestone Way start and end points are closer to the house than on some trails I've been so shorter coach journeys. Some slippery areas and quite a lot of mud but some very nice hay meadows and views from ridges. The last day down into Rocester is a rather low key day compared with the others and has a lot of very poorly maintained stiles.
2 Sep 2015, 7:31 a.m.

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Room, leader and food, especially sandwiches, superb. Manager did a good job and in particular promptly forwarded lost property..

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Two mundane days across farmland and pastures which offered little and not like the excellent vistas of the other days.
3 Jun 2015, 4:43 p.m.

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Staff etc - very good, but plumbing desperately needs an upgrade.

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Limestone Way walk very good.
3 Sep 2014, 9:45 p.m.

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Accommodation always of a good reliable standard

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A wonderful break. Lovely food and room. Enjoyable walking
8 May 2014, 1:47 p.m.

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Taxi pick ups were very poor service

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The holiday was to walk the Limestone Way.But we missed out a nine mile section at The end! There was nothing in the info to tell me this. Had I known I would not have booked!
4 May 2014, 10:48 p.m.

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efficient, friendly and helpful staff

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Wonderful leader - knowledgeable and very personable.
29 Apr 2014, 7:03 p.m.

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Good standard of organisation and accommodation.
29 Apr 2014, 9:16 a.m.

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All good, though it was very noisy in the dining room when there was a full house!

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Good company. First class leader. Enjoyed it all round

Dates & Prices

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1 May 2017 DVLLL - Limestone Way - Dovedale 7 £769.00 £669.00 OFFER £100 off pp Book Now
11 Aug 2017 DVLLL - Limestone Way - Dovedale 7 £839.00 £739.00 OFFER £100 off pp Book Now
22 Sep 2017 DVLLL - Limestone Way - Dovedale 7 £839.00 £739.00 OFFER £100 off pp Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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