Peak District Boundary Walk Guided Trail

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Duration: 8 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3

The Peak District Boundary Walk is a new long distance trail encompassing the entire Peak District National Park. Envisioned by The Friends of The Peak District, the walk is an exhilarating celebration of our First National Park. Throughout its journey it displays a wonderful mix of Peak District landscapes – crags, cloughs, moors and dales together with working landscapes, woodland and heritage.

Holiday Highlights

  • Celebrate walking the boundary of our First National park
  • Glorious views of The Roaches
  • From Thorpe to Buxton 

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
  • All transport on walking days

Trip Notes

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56 miles with 8-11½ miles and up to 1,550 feet of ascent in a day.


Descending to Coldwall Bridge we are at the Southernmost point of the entire Boundary Walk. We turn upstream to the fascinating village of Ilam and cross the Manifold river to ascend the steep flank of Musden Low. Passing through Calton village we descend into the Hamps Valley and follow the trail to the settlement of Waterhouses veering North we end the day in the picturesque hamlet of Waterfall.

8 miles (13km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.


From Waterfall we head North West into the upper Hamps Valley and the hamlet of Ford. On to Onecote and its lovely grade 2 listed Church to gradually ascend for our first taste of the Staffordshire Moorlands on The Morridge. Our elevation gives glorious views across to the Roaches and beyond before descending the moor to reach the reservoir.

11½ miles (18.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent


The 5 clouds of the Roaches escarpment provides a fine backdrop as we pass over the reservoir to Meerbrook village and ascend the slopes of Gun hill. Over the top and in and out of the lovely Dane Valley and into the equally lovely Greasley Hollow. From there we turn North East crossing some undulating moorland to drop into the steep sided Clough Brook Valley and on to finish in Wildboarclough.

10 miles (16km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.


An ascent of Shutlingsloe ‘The Cheshire Matterhorn’ giving fine views to Axe Edge along the summit ridge before descending to the tree lined reservoirs in the Macclesfield Forest. Picking up the Gritstone Trail we enter Tegg's Nose Country Park with it's industrial heritage and sweeping views. Heading North towards Rainow we ascend the splendid little ridge of The Saddle of Kerridge up to the viewpoint of ‘White Nancy’ and dropping quickly to finish in Bollington.

8½ miles (13½ km) with 1,550ft (480m) of ascent.


Leaving Bollington via the beautifully named Pott Shrigley we cross little Bakestonedale Moor and descend briefly to the Macclesfield Canal. Here we ‘turn the corner' of the boundary and enter the stunning Lyme Park with it's centrepiece the magnificent Lyme House. Leaving the park via Whaley Moor we desecend to the historic transport hub of Whaley Bridge ‘Gateway to The Goyt Valley’.

9½ miles (15.5km) with 1,350ft (420m) of ascent.


Our last leg takes us into the Goyt Valley beneath the iconic ridge of Windgather Rocks, Pym’s Chair and Shining Tor. Crossing between the Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs we ascend the glorious Wild Moor accompanied by the cry of the Curlew. Tremendous panoramic views open out as we begin our final long descent to the Victorian splendour of Buxton. (Perchance to the King’s Head Pub – birthplace of The Peak District Boundary Walk).

9 miles (15km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.



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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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 Good and Better 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ 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.

Facilities

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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
8 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
3

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