Spring & Winter Walking at Dovedale

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Holiday overview

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Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales is set up so beautifully for spring & winter walking, why not join us on a walking holiday in February, March or November.

This seasonal walking comes with a choice of two walks, specially adapted to highlight the best of the season, and includes a hot lunch in a cosy pub or tearoom. Perfect for warming up after your morning walk, before lacing back up and heading out again!

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Accommodation

Peveril of the Peak

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 Walter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.

 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities 
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Reception area and lounge on the ground floor
• Newly refurbished dining room and a bar
• Function room and additional bar upstairs
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Extensive grounds with a patio and garden with wide ranging views of countryside 
• Famous stepping stones at the base of Dove Dale, less than a mile away through a footpath that is linked to the car park
• Tissington Trail is also nearby

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Dovedale evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Itinerary

Discover the Derbyshire Dales on Foot

Explore the beautiful Peak District National Park on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - from beautiful limestone valleys, to spectacular scenery on the gritstone edges. We'll take you to all the classic viewpoints, timeless villages and hidden corners. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • On these breaks we include a hot lunch in a local pub or tearoom
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at our Country House.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay

Chatsworth & the Edges - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 20 Feb 2018, 24 Feb 2018, 3 Mar 2018, 10 Mar 2018, 17 Mar 2018, 27 Oct 2018, 3 Nov 2018, 10 Nov 2018, 17 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Chatsworth and Bakewell

Chatsworth House and gardens

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the delightful landscapes of Chatsworth Park and the estate village of Edensor. Our route continues over Calton Pastures to the market town of Bakewell.

Don’t miss: Admire the grandeur of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and its surrounding parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.

Option 2: Curbar Edge

Walker on Curbar Edge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: High up on the Moors we take an exhilarating walk along Froggatt, and Curbar Edge. Pass Wellington’s Monument descending to Chatsworth before passing through Edensor then over a ridge and down into Bakewell.

Don’t miss: The gritstone escarpment of Curbar and Froggart Edge is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District, with sweeping views over the Derwent Valley.


Dovedale - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 21 Feb 2018, 25 Feb 2018, 4 Mar 2018, 11 Mar 2018, 18 Mar 2018, 28 Oct 2018, 4 Nov 2018, 11 Nov 2018, 18 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Dove Dale

Dovedale stepping stones

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from our Country House through Lin Dale to the famous stepping stones. We then follow the river upstream through the Dove Dale gorge to the hamlet of Milldale, then return across the fields.

Don’t miss: The famous limestone gorge of Dovedale is just a stones' throw from our Country House. You'll have plenty of time to admire the rock formations, caves and verdant flora of this natural beauty spot as you walk through the gorge.

Option 2: Dove Dale & Tissington

Village of Tissington

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the river through the delightful surroundings of Dove Dale to Milldale. Having climbed to the top of Shining Tor our return route takes us via the villages of Alsop-en-le-Dale and Tissington.

Don’t miss: Tissington is particularly attractive estate village with a fine Jacobean hall built by the FitzHerbert family in 1609. If you visit around Ascension Day you'll see the six well-dressings around the village.


The Upper Dove - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 22 Feb 2018, 1 Mar 2018, 8 Mar 2018, 15 Mar 2018, 22 Mar 2018, 1 Nov 2018, 8 Nov 2018, 15 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub

Option 1: Along the Upper Dove

Hartington Church

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore Alstonefield village then descend to the hamlet of Milldale with its picturesque Viator’s Bridge. We continue upstream through Mill Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale to Hartington.

Don’t miss: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the Hartington cheese shop.

Option 2: Wolfscote & Beresford Dales

Group of four walkers

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Hartington along the River Dove through the attractive valleys of Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale. We'll pass the villages of Alstonefield and Milldale before continuing across the limestone plateau to our Country House.

Don’t miss: Milldale is renown for its connections with Isaak Walton whose book The Compleat Angler was written in 1653. 


The Manifold Valley - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 27 Feb 2018, 6 Mar 2018, 13 Mar 2018, 20 Mar 2018, 30 Oct 2018, 6 Nov 2018, 13 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub

Option 1: Ilam Park

Ilam Hall

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in the village of Wetton we walk high above the River Manifold to Castern Hall before descending to Ilam Park and village. We continue through the fields back to our Country House.

Don’t miss: We'll explore Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross.

Option 2: Wetton to Ilam

Two walkers

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk above the Manifold Valley to Rushley Bridge from where we ascend to Blore with its Norman Church. We continue through the fields to Ilam Park, then head along the vallley to our Country House.

Don’t miss: Look out for the disappearing river - the Manifold often flows underground between Wetton Mill and Ilam.


Derwent Valley & Cromford - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 28 Feb 2018, 7 Mar 2018, 14 Mar 2018, 21 Mar 2018, 31 Oct 2018, 7 Nov 2018, 14 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub

Option 1: Crich to Cromford

Group of walkers passing a vintage tram

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Crich village up to the monument on Crich Stand. After an undulating walk through the Derbyshire countryside we'll follow the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill. 

Don’t miss: The Derwent Valley was one of birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, for it was here that Richard Arkwright set up his pioneering cotton mill. Its importance is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Option 2: Derbyshire hills & villages

Tranquil scene on the Cromford Canal

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Soak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and Riber. Finally we follow the canal to Cromford. 

Don’t miss: Crich is home to the National Tramways Museum. Look out for these vintage vehicles when you cross the tram tracks at Crich Stand.

Local area

Discover the Peak District

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 and fountainChatsworth 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

Historic tram passing under a bridgeCrich 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

 

  

 

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

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.

Mine Train rollercoaster at Alton TowersAlton 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

Travel to Dovedale

Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW

How to get to us by train

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £31 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.

Bus

By bus:

There is a limited bus service to Thorpe village. From Buxton take the 442 bus service to Ashbourne, then change to the 101 bus to Thorpe village. From Derby station take the SW1 service to Ashbourne and then the 101 bus. From Thorpe village it is a 500 metre walk along Wintercroft Lane to the Peveril of the Peak. For bus times see www.traveline.info

Driving to us

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 New 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 New 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.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Dovedale is located in the centre of the UK, with a number of airport options.

East Midlands Airport is about 30 miles away - this is served by short-haul European flights. If you're flying here we'd recommend pre-booking a taxi direct to the Peveril of the Peak - cost about £60.

London Luton Airport has lots of low-cost European flights. From here take the shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station, then on by train to Derby with 1 change at Leicester. Allow 1 hour 50 minutes to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Buxton with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow Airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 3 hours to reach Derby. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. From here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

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19 Feb 2018 DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale 4 £425.00 £365.00 Save £60 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
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5 Nov 2018 DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale 4 £425.00 £365.00 Save £60 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
9 Nov 2018 DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale 3 £325.00 £275.00 Save £50 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
9 Nov 2018 DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale 7 £699.00 £574.00 Top Early Booking Offer - Save £125 Per Person Book Now
12 Nov 2018 DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale 4 £425.00 £365.00 Save £60 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
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