Walking in the Peak District
5 Days from £699
Jul 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures
The Peak District National Park is one of Britain's most iconic landscapes, which you'll discover as you hike amongst hills, moors, mountains and rivers on wonderfully scenic walks.
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Your holiday at a glance
Just You Tour Manager as your host
4 nights half board in a 3-star hotel
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, 4 dinners
All excursions included
Specialist Local Guides
Transportation on excursions
Castleton Ridge walk featuring Castleton, Limestone Way & Mam Tor
Walk from Baslow to Chatsworth & Bakewell
Walk in the footsteps of the Mass Trespassers of Kinder Scout from Hayfield
Make your own way to your hotel in Buxton, where your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you and help you check in.
After settling into your room, head down to the bar to enjoy a welcome drink with your travelling companions before dinner in the hotel's restaurant this evening. Your hotel is reputed to be one of the oldest in England, and Mary Queen of Scots is said to have stayed there under house arrest.
Walk 8 miles - 13km - 5hrs
Head to the restaurant for a hearty breakfast to set you up for a day of walking in the glorious countryside of the Peak District. The Castleton Ridge is perhaps one of the best hill walks in Derbyshire, and as we cover eight miles today we'll take in some beautiful scenery.
We'll start from the village of Castleton, which is dominated by Peveril Castle, built in 1086 by the son of William the Conqueror. It is also known for its show caves and is the only place in the world where the semi-precious stone 'blue John' can be found.
We'll then head along Limestone Way, a long-distance footpath which runs through the White Peak of the Peak District and takes us to Mam Tor. Meaning 'mother hill', this is so named due to the number of landslips that have occurred on this 517-metre-high hill over time, creating many mini-hills beneath it. After enjoying our picnic lunch, we'll walk to its summit to breathe in the fresh air and take in views of Castleton Ridge to the east, Hope Valley to the north, Rushup Edge to the west and Castleton to the south.
Via well-used paths, our walk continues as we take in views across to Hollins Cross and down the Vale of Edale. Next we'll pass through Hope, an area which was once part of a Royal Hunting Reserve. Our walk takes us up Lose Hill, from where we'll see across the whole of the Hope Valley if it's a clear day. We'll then return to our original starting point of Castleton.
Back at the hotel, there's time to relax before we gather as a group for dinner.
Walk 5miles - 8km - 3hrs
After breakfast we'll board a coach and journey to Baslow, a pretty village located in the Derwent Valley. We'll then follow the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, which follows the River Derwent, to Chatsworth. The parish is based around the famous Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The parkland and gardens here, which have evolved over 500 years, were redesigned by Capability Brown in the mid-1700s and stretch for 1,000 acres.
As you walk watch out for Chatsworth's herds of red and fallow deer amongst this tree-studded landscape. At the heart of the Chatsworth community is the lovely village of Edensor, which boasts an eclectic mix of architectural styles featuring everything from Norman arches to castellated turrets. The 4th Duke of Devonshire had the original houses that were visible from Chatsworth House knocked down. Years later, the 6th Duke had the rest of the village torn down and rebuilt in the picturesque style that, if time allows, we'll see today.
We'll enjoy our picnic lunch then make our way to the charming market town of Bakewell, on a walk that takes us further along the banks of the Derwent. On arrival there's plenty of time to explore, and maybe you'll choose to relax in one of its many tea shops. Don't make the all too common mistake of asking for a Bakewell tart though, this traditional pastry is known as a pudding here.
Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel this evening.
Walk 8 miles - 13km - 5hrs
We've another eight-mile walk ahead of us, so the best way to start the day is with a good breakfast at the hotel.
In 1932, a group of walkers trespassed on land as they walked from Hayfield to Kinder Scout in a bid to secure access rights for everyone to open countryside. Known as the Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout, we will follow in the walkers' footsteps for some of the route, starting in Hayfield, and enjoy this dramatic landscape today. As we make our way along well-defined paths and over stiles, we'll stop to admire Kinder reservoir. Our walk ends back in Hayfield, a delightful former mill village, famous as the birthplace of Arthur Lowe. The actor was best known for his role of Captain Mainwaring in the classic comedy 'Dad's Army', and a Blue Plaque marks his former home.
Enjoy a restful evening and a final dinner at the hotel tonight.
After breakfast at your hotel you are free to discover more of Buxton at your own pace or make your way back home.
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