Peak District 100,000 Steps Challenge

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Duration: 5 nights
Type: Challenge Walks
Walking Grade: 5

Looking for a serious challenge to push yourself and test your fitness? Try our Peak District Step Challenge where we’ll help you get your counter up to 100,000 in 3 days; we will enjoy a mixture of classic routes in the Dark and White Peak; the mileages are a signifcant daily challenge at around 15-18 miles when all the ups and downs are accounted for.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on this challenge with an experienced leader to discover the stunning limestone dales, rolling pastures and gritstone outcrops high up on Derbyshire’s famous Edges
  • Landscapes full of historic as well as scenic interest
  • Be inspired to keep it up after your short break, by some of the best walking in England
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live each day’s adventure

What’s included

Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and evening activities

Great walking: all the motivation you need to keep going. We’ll cover enough ground to appreciate The Peak District’s remarkable variety.

Accommodation: enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms

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.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Rack up somewhere near 30,000 steps on this walk with two distinct sections. We first head along the Derwent Valley to Grindleford where we ascend onto the Iron Age hill fort of Carl Wark and the wonderful Stanage Edge, one of Britain's most popular sites for rock climbing. The descent is along a bridleway and then country lanes to Yorkshire Bridge – the village built to rehouse residents of Ashopton and Derwent when Ladybower reservoir was built.

13 miles (20.5 km) with 1,800 feet (540m)of ascent

Returning to yesterday’s finish point, we walk across Ladybower Dam then climb to the summit of Win Hill, 1518ft (463m). Down into Edale and then another steep ascent to the summit of Lose Hill and the start of the Great Ridge. The walk follows Back Tor, then Hollins Cross (an ancient track-way through the lowest point of the ridge) and on to Mam Tor. Below us we see the effects of the 'Shivering Mountain' on the old main road and views south towards Winnats Pass and Castleton village to where we drop steadily down.

10 miles (16 km) with 2,450 (740m) feet of ascent

We’ll aim to get our step counters clicking through 100,000 steps somewhere near Thorpe as we head back to base along the Limestone Way from the village of Winster. With sustained interest, visual treats we walk via Wyn’s Tor and Luntor Rocks to Bonsall village, enjoy typical limestone plateau and reach lovely Parwich. With our 100k objective in our sights, we enjoy the delightful village of Tissington and its eponymous Trail, before a celebration back at the Peveril of the Peak.

 15 miles (24.5 km) with 2150 feet (650m) of ascent.

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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