4-Night Peak District Pub Walks Holiday

views from Mam Tor and the great ridge, Castleton, Derbyshire
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Walks with a theme
Walking Grade: 2

This walking holiday is designed to whet your whistle as well as your appetite for scenic hill walking. The routes are moderate and take in some of the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales most enjoyable views as well as some of its best kept secrets. We tuck into a pub lunch each day and we’ve found you some fantastic pubs for a post walk pint too.

Holiday Highlights

  • Fantastic walks exploring the charming Peak District
  • Enjoy a pub lunch each walking day, at some of Derbyshire’s most characterful pubs
  • End your day’s walk with time to sample a pint of two of some of the area's award winning ales

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, plus evening activities
  • Great walking: in the company of an experienced leader
  • Accommodation: our country house is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying rooming for your boots and kit, and comfortable ensuite rooms

Trip Notes

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The walk:

Distance: 8 ½ miles (12.5km)
Ascent: only two short ascents of approx 160 feet (50m) each.

We begin our walk on the village green of picturesque Litton. Pastoral walking takes us into Cressbrook Dale and on to Cressbrook Mill and the Monsal trail – a disused railway line. From the viaduct we enter Headstone Tunnel (don’t worry, it’s well-lit!) and on the other side we walk a little further along the trail. Turning off through the fields we arrive in the pretty hamlet of Little Longstone and the cosy, welcoming Packhorse Inn. After lunch, a short walk along the lane up through the village and we reach Monsal Head, one of the Peak District’s finest viewpoints.

It’s all downhill then through fields and green lanes to the charming village of Ashford. We follow the riverside path then to Lumsford Mill, just outside Bakewell, and visit Thornbridge Brewery. It’s then a short stroll to Bakewell – time to make a quick purchase at the The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, before we meet the coach.

The Pubs:

The Packhorse Inn began life as two miners' cottages and has been welcoming locals and visitors since 1787. Listed in the Good Beer Guide – well known locally but otherwise a well-kept secret. The walk concludes with a Thornbridge Brewery Tour.


The walk:

Distance: 6 ½  miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 1050 feet (320m)

From Castleton we ascend to Mam Tor known locally as the ‘shivering mountain’ due to its relatively frequent landslips. We will then follow the skyline walk along to Lose Hill. From here there are splendid views all around; Kinder Scout is visible to the north, Hope Valley splays out to the south, and the many gritstone edges can also be seen in the east. We descend Lose Hill straight into the pub! After lunch it’s all level walking. From Hope village we traverse through the fields and along the riverside to Castleton in time for a swift half at one of the village pubs.

The Pubs:

Lunch will be at The Cheshire Cheese, a 16th century inn (1578 to be precise!) for ‘jaggers’ following the packhorse route from Cheshire to the east of the country. The pub is so called as payment was made in cheese. The cheese hooks can still be seen. It is a well-known and well-regarded pub locally. The walk will conclude at one of the many great pubs in Castleton.

The walk:

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (280m)

Starting in Ambergate the walk climbs steadily and pleasantly uphill to Crich, home of the Tramway Museum, which should be visible from the viewpoint at the Sherwood Foresters’ memorial. A few field crossings lead to lunch in Lea, at The Jug and Glass and then a pleasant downhill walk passing Florence Nightingale’s family home and ending along the Cromford Canal. The walk concludes in Cromford with a visit to the historic Greyhound hotel.

The pubs:

Half way along the route, we reach the The Jug and Glass in Lea for lunch. It was reputedly built by the uncle of Florence Nightingale and has been serving guests for over 200 years.

The walk will conclude at The Greyhound in Cromford. It was built in 1778 by Richard Arkwright and forms a constituent part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage site. This imposing hotel in Cromford Market Place was built to entertain businessmen and others visiting the mills.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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