Highlights: Chatsworth House - Dovedale - Buxton - Arkwright's Mill - Eyam - Froggatt Edge
Tour Style: Walks with sightseeing
Destination: Peak District & England
Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the Peak District with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings s and attractions, whose entrance is optional. For the 2021 holidays, please allow approximately £35 for admissions - less if you bring your Engl ish Heritage or National Trust cards. For 2022 ho lid ays, all admissions to places of interest will be included in the price. That's one less thing to remember!
• Walk along the impressive gritstone escarpment of Froggatt and Curbar Edges
• Visit Chatsworth House, with its magnificent Capability Brown gardens
• Walk along the magical limestone gorge of Dove Dale
• Explore the pseudo -alpine village of 11 am
• Walk across the moors to Buxton, renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture
• Discover the industrial heritage of the Peak District on a canal and railway walk
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arkwright's Mill
This trip is graded Activity Level 2. Walks up to 5½ miles (9km) with up to 700 feet (220m) of ascent. Walking generally on good paths; some days have sections on rough moorland tracks which may be muddy in place.
Day 1: Arrival Day
You're welcome to check in from 4 pm onwards.
Day 2: The Edges And Chatsworth
Dista nce : 5½ miles (9km) Ascent: 500 feet (160m) Desc ent : 1,050 fee t [320m)
In Summary: An absolute classic walk along the famous gritstone escarpment of Fro g g a t t and Curbar Ed g e s, then drop ping down to Baslow and into the ever-impressive Chatsworth Park. The rest of the day is free to explore historic Chatsworth House and its beautiful Capability Brown d design d gardens.
Day 3: 11 am And The Delights Of Dovedale
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Ascent: 200 feet [60m)
In Summary: Discover the d e lights of the natural beauty spot of Dove Dale. Start the day in Sta f ford shire, with a walk to the pseudo-alpine villa g e of 11 am. After time to explore the grounds of 11 am Hall and visit the Church of the Holy Cross, head to the tranquil riverside village of Milldale and the River Dove. Wandering downstream, the route continues through Dove Dale with its crags, pinnacles, and famous stepping stones.
Day 4: Free Day
Discover more about The Peveril of the Peak and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day.
Day 5: The Cat & Fiddle And Victorian Buxton
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: Start high on the moors, with glorious views, before gently descending to Buxton, passing
Solomon n' s Tower and Poole's Cavern [opportunity for a tour). There will be time to look at the spa town of Buxton (and maybe sample the water). Take a town trail around Buxton n, or explore independently, there's plenty to see, including the magnificent Pavilion Gardens.
Day 6: Along Railway And Canal To Arkwright's Mill
Distance: 4 miles (6½m)
In Summary: Today's walk starts at the imposing former engine house at Middleton Top and follows the old trackbed of the Cromford and High Peak Railway to travel back in time at the National Stone Centre. The route continues to descend the old railway line to the Cromford Canal to end with a visit to the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arkwright's Mill.
Day 7: The Plague Village Of Eyam
Dista nce : 4½ miles (7km) Ascent: 700 feet (220m) Desc ent : 1,000 fee t (320m)
In Summary: A walk discovering the stories and histories of the infamous plague village of Eyam (pronounced Eem ). The walk starts at Mompesson's Well and descends to the outskirt s of Eyam visiting site s re la ting to the plague before a steep descent to Stone y M id d le to n with its "Roman" Baths and unusual church. We return to Eya m with time to visit the Museum.
Day 8: Departure Day
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Accommodation: The Peveril Of The Peak
Th e 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 e. Surro u n d ed 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 Doveda le's wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes, and of course step p ing stone s. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostle s, 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 Ed g e, w hi le Chatsworth, Tissington and
Bakewell makes attractive places to explore too.
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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 a d here to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and sea tin g 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 sitting s may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be p re-o rd ere d the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social program available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout May to September. 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 p le n ty of space and there's a range of Good and Bet te r Ro o m s 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 onto 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 £30per 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 view s. 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, ho lid ays 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. Fo o d at Peveril of the Pe a k 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 flavors that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb, and a homemade Bake well tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team
Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and route planning by train.
From Buxton railway station a taxi takes approximately 45 minutes and costs around £42if pre-booked. From Derby railway station a taxi takes approximately 40 minutes and costs around £32if pre-booked. Please note these are 2020 prices relevant to a 4-sea t taxi and should only be taken as a guide. 8-seat taxis can be booked at a higher rate. Ashbourne Taxis, our current recommended taxi company, can confirm prices on booking and will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.
*Ashbourne Taxi s is n o t owned or managed by HF Holidays
The re is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 services or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times.
From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service (01335 342951). The taxi service must be pre-booked in advance by calling O1335 345 198 the journey will take approximately 10 minutes and costs £8 for a 4-seat taxi.
From the south leave the M 1 at junction 24 and head to Ashbourne via the A50 and A5l 5. Continue north on the A5l 5 heading towards Buxton. 1 mile north of Ashbourne turn left, signposted to Thorpe, Dovedale and 11 am. 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 sig n s 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 (A54l 7) to the A52. At the junction of the A52 and the A523 take the minor road sig np os te d to 11 am. Afte r 1½ miles turn le f t
and descend the hill. Cross the bridge at 11 am, 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 From Overseas
Dovedale is loc a te d in the center of the UK, with a number of airport options.
East Midlands Airport is about 30miles away - this is served by short-haul Euro p ea n 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 Lu to n Airport Parkway station, then on by train to Derby with 1 change at Leicester. Allow 1 hour 50 minutes to Derby - see www .na tionalrail.co.uk for train times. C o m p le te 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. Allo w 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see
www .nationalrail.co .uk for train times. C o m p le te 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. Fro m Heathrow first take the Pic c a dilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. Fro m here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. C o m p le te your journey by taxi (see above).
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 Dale s. The near est facilities are in the small town of Ashbourne, about 3 miles away. Here you'll find a full range of sh o p s plus supermarkets, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.
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 Dovedale 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. Thro u g ho u t 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.
Crich Tramway 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.
The Regency spa town of Buxton is about 19 miles from the Peveril of the Peak. Two key attractions are Buxton Opera House and Poole's Cavern show cave.
The popular village of Castle to Nisan 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 Trea k Cliff Cavern.
Home to the famous ' Bake w ell 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 Alto n Towers theme park is only 30 minutes drive away and is a very popular option for families.
Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Ric h ar d Arkwright's first mill complex, the birthplace of the modern factory system, and internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fascinating site s dates from 1771 and is about 35 minutes drive away.
A fortified medieval manor house, d a ting from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is lo c a ted near Bakewell, about 45minutes' drive away.
The Tissington Trail is just half a mile away from The Peveril of the Peak. This offers 13 miles of traffic-free cycling along with a disused railway line and connects with the 17 mile High Peak Trail. Cycle hire is available nearby.
USEFUL HOLIDAY INFORMATION
"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. Brita in ' s famous for its c ha ng ea b le 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)
• Water bottle (at least 1-liter capacity)
• A small torch (everywhere in winter, year-round in mountains)
• Sun hat and sunscreen
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable for any walks.
• Several layers of clothing, w h ic h can be added or removed
• Sp e ci a list walking socks to avoid blisters.
• A first aid kit inc plasters- your leader's first aid kit doesn't contain any medication
• Sit ma t (insulate d-pad to sit on when you stop for a break)
You Might Also Want
• Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
• Insect repellent
• Flask for ho t drinks
• Rigid lunch box
• Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
• Wa terp ro o f ruc ksa c k liner
Safety On Your Holiday
Walks may be changed for safety reasons and are subject to a maximum and a minimum number of guests. Leaders always consider the safety of the group as a whole and may need to alter or curtail the walk if the conditions dictate. Your leader may refuse to accept a guest while clothing, equipment, or behavior is
unsuitable. In t he event of a problem, all leaders carry a mobile phone, first aid kit, group shelter, spare maps, and a compass. Please note: If you choose to leave the group your leader is no longer responsible for you.
If you have a particular health condition or disability please put this on your guest registration form. This information will be confidential to your leaders and the house manager, but leaders do need to take account of any issues when planning walks.
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