Christmas Discovery Tour in the Peak District

Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
Type: Festive Breaks

Our Christmas Discovery Tour really gets into the heart of the area surrounding Peveril of the Peak. Enjoy the Christmas festivities in great company on great days out!

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the Peak District's industrial heritage at Cromford Mills
  • Discover the rare Blue John in the Hope Valley
  • Enjoy a fabulous Boxing Day concert in the exquisite Buxton Opera House
  • Take a ride aboard the Santa Special to Matlock, complete with hot chocolate and mince pies

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house, including a celebration meal on Christmas Day
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in good-quality coach transport
  • All admissions costs to places of interest

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

We want to give you a flavour of what you can expect on your Festive Discovery Tour, and while every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative attraction for operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Your Festive Discovery Tour kicks off with a short visit to Bakewell, home of the famous pudding, before we embark on a Christmas journey on the Peak Rail Santa Special service. Mince pies and hot chocolate await on board the train which will take us through to the town of Matlock, and from here we’ll continue on to Cromford Mills. Here, there’ll be time for lunch before we enjoy a guided tour of the site, learning all about the area’s industrial heritage.

Enjoy a day of festivities at our country house or why not take a look at our Discovery Point for a refreshing Christmas self-guided walk to get ready for the festive feast!

Our Boxing Day begins with a visit to the market town of Buxton where there is the option to enjoy the Fairfield Band’s Grand Boxing Day Concert at the Buxton Opera House, which runs for two hours, including an interval. Guests who do not wish to attend this concert will have free time to visit the town. For more information about the concert, please click here. Following our visit to Buxton, we head into the geological heart of the Peak District to explore the Treak Cliff Cavern in the Hope Valley. Formed over 330 million years ago, this is one of the two caves in the world where you’ll find the rare mineral, Blue John.

Please note: the cavern entrance is accessed by a total of 80 steps, split into blocks of four. There are handrails along the whole path, and seats at intervals just in case. If you would like to see more information regarding accessibility to the cavern, please click here to see their risk assessment.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

The Peveril of the Peak

The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.



Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger televisions – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at the Peveril of the Peak is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for The Peveril of the Peak

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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4 nights
Discovery Tours
Festive Breaks

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