Peak District Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Peak District - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
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 a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
- We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- 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
2019 Walks - The Central Dove Valley
Available on: 9 Nov 2019
Option 1: Tissington Trail and Biggin
Distance: 5 miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: The first part of our walk is on the Tissington Trail (the former LNWR railway track) before taking field tracks to Biggin. The walk then takes in part of Biggin Dale and a track to the pretty village of Hartington.
Don’t miss: Visit the fantastic cheese shop in Hartington and sample their locally made products.
Option 2: Alstonefield and the Tissington Trail
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walking from Alstonefield in Staffordshire (The River Dove being the County Boundary) we descend to Milldale hamlet then North through Iron Tors Dale (the so-called missing link!) and then on to the Tissington Trail (the former LNWR railway) and on to Biggin and Hartington.
Don’t miss: Biggin Dale is a National Nature Reserve. Look out for early purple orchids and rare cowslips.
Option 3: The Dovedale Gorge
Distance: 10½ miles (17km)
Total ascent: 1500 feet (440m)
The walk in a nutshell: Setting off from the House we pass Thorpe Cloud to take in the dramatic Dovedale gorge to reach Milldale. From here we follow a similar route to option 1 ending in the beautiful village of Hartington.
Don’t miss: The dramatic Dovedale Gorge with its towering limestone pinnacles.
2019 Walks - Manifold Valley
Available on: 10 Nov 2019
Option 1: Ilam Park
Distance: 4½ miles (7½km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: We begin at the entrance to the Manifold Valley and follow the river and Victorian Paradise walk into Ilam Park. We then ascend to Blore, before taking the Limestone Way back to the house.
Don’t miss: Enjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale.
Option 2: Wetton to Ilam
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Wetton village past isolated Casterne Hall then besdie the River Manifold to Ilam Park, hall and church. Our route continues to the hamlet of Blore before taking the Limestone Way back to our country house.
Don’t miss: We'll explore Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross.
Option 3: Wetton Hill
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
The walk in a nutshell: An extended version of option one and two, this route starts on the other side of Wetton Hill. After passing Wetton we'll continue along the Manifold Valley to Ilam, then back via the Blore church.
Don’t miss: Look out for the disappearing river - the Manifold often flows underground between Wetton Mill and Ilam.
2019 Walks - Edges, Chatsworth and Bakewell
Available on: 12 Nov 2019
Option 1: Around Chatsworth
Distance: 5 miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 1150 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: We walk from Baslow though Chatsworth park admiring Capability Brown's landscape to Chatsworth House. We then continue through the estate village of Edensor and on to Bakewell where we can refuel with a refreshing pint or a hot drink.
Don’t miss: Take time to admire Chatsworth House and its expansive landscaped grounds.
Option 2: Chatsworth and Bakewell
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk along Baslow Edge, passing the Eagle Stone before descending into Baslow village and through Chatsworth Park - admiring Capability Brown's landscape - to Chatsworth House. After exploring the estate village of Edensor we take a track and a quiet lane over the ridge into 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 3: Three Edges and Chatsworth
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)
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 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.
2019 Walks - High Peak Trail & Carsington
Available on: 13 Nov 2019
Option 1: Brassington and Carsington
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Middleton Top we walk the High Peak trail before descending steeply to the lead mining villages of Brassington & Carsington. The afternoon stroll is along the reservoir shore path to finish at Carsington Water’s visitor centre. We will stop for lunch en route.
Don’t miss: Explore the Story of Carsington Exhibition or simply relax with a coffee at the Carsington Visitor Centre.
Option 2: Carsington Water Circular
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at the Visitor Centre we will complete a circuit of Carsington Reservoir, induding walking over the dam. Carsington reservoir is the 9th largest in England.
Don’t miss: Carsington Water is home to an abundance of birdlife. Stop at the bird hide to look out for Oystercatchers, Redshank, Terns and Geese.
Option 3: High Peak Trail and Carsington
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: Taking the steep inclines of the High Peak Trail we will pass the site of the National Stone Centre and Middleton Top and should have far reaching views. After a detour to reach the top of Harboro rocks we descent through Brassington and Carsinton to reach the Visitor Centre at Carsington reservoir.
Don’t miss: The High Peak Trail follows the route of the Cromford & High Peak railway - an old mineral line that used a series of cable-hauled inclines.
2019 Walks - Around Ashbourne
Available on: 14 Nov 2019
Option 1: Limestone Way and Ashbourne
Distance: 5½ miles (9km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: Following the Limestone Way from Thorpe, we descend to the historic Coldwall Bridge and continue through Okeover Park to Mapleton. We then ascend to the Tissington Trail and follow this through the tunnel to Ashbourne town centre.
Don’t miss: Explore Ashbourne 'The Gateway to Dovedale' with its many Tudor and Georgian listed buildings.
Option 2: Thorpe, Marten Hill and Ashbourne
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: The walk begins by heading onto Thorpe Pasture then takes in the iconic peak of Thorpe Cloud. We descend its southwestern flank to the River Dove before picking up the route of option one continuing onto the Tissington Trail and in to Ashbourne. There is plenty of options for a refreshing pint or a warm coffee when we reach Ashbourne.
Don’t miss: Take in the great views as we traverse the ridgeline from Marten Hill.
Option 3: Thorpe Cloud and on to Ashbourne
Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: An ascent of the iconic Thorpe Cloud is a fantastic way to start our walk and hopefully be rewarded with fantastic views. We then follow the Limestone Way over Marten Hill and on to Mayfield Village and Hanging Bridge. We cross the beautiful River Dove and traverse above Bentley Brook into Ashbourne.
Don’t miss: Hanging Bridge with its grim history including Bonnie Prince Charlie's retreat in 1745.
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk
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
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 to Dovedale
Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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 £32 per taxi from Derby or £42 from Buxton. 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.
There is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 service or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times see www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk
From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service. This service must be prebooked at least 48 hours in advance by calling 01335 342 951
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. 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.
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.
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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|8 Nov 2019||DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale||3||£339.00||£294.00||Book Now|
|8 Nov 2019||DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|11 Nov 2019||DVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Dovedale||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
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