Self-guided Walking at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

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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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Holiday overview

Enjoy a break in the Peak District with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-Guided Walking holiday.

Our 3-star Country House, just a few minutes' walk from the limestone gorge of Dove Dale, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, our legendary picnic lunches, and our excellent boot and drying room and secure cycle store. To help you explore the Derbyshire Dales we'll give you a free Ordnance Survey map, plus detailed route notes for our recommended walking and cycle routes. On many holidays our experienced leaders are on hand to offer help and advice.

Great value. What’s included:

  • Full Board accommodation - breakfast, evening meal and an extensive walkers' picnic lunch
  • A free Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map of the local area with every booking
  • Detailed route notes, ranging from short strolls to longer hillwalks
  • Country House Escapes guide – full of information about local attractions, activities and suggested itineraries to help plan your break
  • All the Country House facilities, including our well equipped boot and drying room and designated bike store
  • On many holidays our experienced walking leaders are available to offer help and advice

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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Self-guided walks

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at the Peveril of the Peak - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. 

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

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When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not cycle along the nearby Tissington Trail, discover Chatsworth House, or visit the Alton Towers theme park. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.


During your stay at Dovedale you can enjoy the following recommended routes:

Laid back walks HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

Stroll around Thorpe village - 1 mile

Around Ilam - 1 mile

Dovedale stepping stones - 2 miles

Buxton & Grinlow Tower - 3 miles

A stroll in Chatsworth Park - 3 miles

Castleton's Caverns - 4 miles


Leg stretcher walks HF Holidays walks level 1 easierHF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Some longer walks, generally on good paths.

Tissington Trail & Village - 5 miles  Sample route - Tissington Trail and Village

Ilam Hall and Country Park - 5 miles

Exploring the Chatsworth Estate - 8 miles

A Dovedale circuit - 6 miles

Dovedale & Milldale - 7 miles

Five Churches Walk - 8 miles  Sample route - Five Churches Walk


Full on walks HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

For those who love to stride out. Expect some rougher paths on these longer walks which take in some of the Peak District hills.

Mam Tor - 7 miles

The Roaches & Lud's Church - 7 miles

Dovedale & Tissington Trail - 9 miles

Derwent Valley Heritage Way and The Edges - 10 miles

Milldale to Hartington - 10 miles

White Peak Dales & Villages - 12 miles

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

Reviews

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15 Aug 2016, 6:37 p.m.

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overall very enjoyable

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Good location, accommodation good.
15 Aug 2016, 5:06 p.m.

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All excellent only comment would be to have smaller tables of 6 as a suggestion with a couple of larger ones for the groups. Food was just brilliant, room lovely although not made up one day and no products ie tissues ,T Rolls. Staff very attentive during dinner just fabulous.
1 Aug 2016, 6:19 p.m.

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Efficient booking and friendly staff at the prooerty

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I was very surprised at how scruffy and old most of the property was.
I would not say poor, however not good.
Thank you for your feedback.

I am sorry that you were disappointed with the house appearance. It is an old property and we do try to keep it maintained as much as possible and to improve where we can. It is a popular house with the majority of our guests but I will ensure that your comments are shared with our Head of Hotel Operations to take onboard.

I do hope that on the whole you did have an enjoyable holiday and hope we may be able to welcome you back to HF holidays in the future.

Kind regards
Toni

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HF Holidays
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This was my first holiday with HF and I was very impressed with the organization, delicious food and friendly staff.

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23 Jun 2016, 10:29 a.m.

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Website is not as easy to use as it could be = and difficulty was experienced - but on the phone syaff were greagt

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The house is somewhat jaded - but good food and service - and the self walking/cycling guides provided were excellent
20 Jun 2016, 8:47 a.m.

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Easy to book online. Good information booklet sent before arrival to help with self guided planning. Plenty of maps/ leaflets available in hotel.

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Hotel is in a beautiful position, quiet, rural. Very professional, friendly, helpful team of staff with a happy outlook. Room was very comfortable, clean and well appointed. Great base for exploring Derbyshire. Good evening activities with friendly and fun leaders. Excellent food - the picnic lunch makes a day out anywhere easy!
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All the staff were very good and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate.

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Plumbing getting a bit ancient now but overall the accommodation was good and clean.
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Lovely staff. Very helpful.

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Beautiful setting, pretty garden, good food. Even the weather was great!

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  • 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