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Derbyshire & The Peak District - Self Guided
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The Peak District in the county of Derbyshire is like an upland Cotswolds. It is an area of immense variety and importance, rich in wildlife where dramatic moorlands contrast sharply with lush valleys and stunning limestone gorges, where centuries-old stone villages and market towns have been as much a part of the environment on the landscape itself. The contrasting landscape is never more apparent than in the High Peak to the north, where you’ll find the Derwent Valley’s historic ‘Dam Busters’ dams and the caverns in the picturesque village of Castleton, where there is also an interesting castle. And at Baslow is Chatsworth House, one of the finest great houses in Britain.

 

Highlights include:

  • Wellington’s Monuments
  • Chatsworth
  • Haddon Hall
  • Robin Hood's Cross

Day 1 Arrive Hathersage. Arrive at your accommodation in Hathersage, an attractive village overlooked by a line of Gritstone Edges.

Day 2 Hathersage - Baslow Start your journey with a walk to Higger Tor & the remains of the Iron Age fort Carl Wark, which has tremendous views over the Hope Valley. Then pass the vertical face of Burbage Rocks before dropping to the Longshaw Estate, a fabulous area of moorland that once belonged to the Dukes of Rutland. Continue past a succession of gritstone edges including Froggat, Curber & Baslow, looking out over the Chatsworth Estate. Pass Wellington’s monument before your final descent into Baslow, standing at the northern gates to Chatsworth. 11 miles/17.5 kms

Day 3 Baslow - Monsal Head Amble through the majestic Chatsworth Estate with a chance to visit the opulent house and gardens. The ‘Palace of the Peak’, Chatsworth is one of the finest of great houses in Britain. A walk through Manners Wood provides an opportunity to visit another of Britain’s great houses, Haddon Hall where the 16 century terraced gardens
are thought by many to be the most romantic in England. Passing through Bakewell and arrive at the gorgeous village of Ashford in the Water. The walk to Monsal Head provides superb views across the Wye Valley and the picture perfect scenery of Monsal Dale. 11 miles/17.5 kms

Day 4 Monsal Head - Eyam From Monsal Head follow the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Water-cum-jolly Dale to Millers Dale. Cross Tideswell Dale to the ‘Cathederal of the Peak’, Tideswell, known for its magnificent 14 century church of St. John the Baptist. On through pretty Litton to pass through the dramatic gorge at Cressbrook Dale before strolling
through Silly Dale to Foolow and onto the infamous plague village of Eyam, and Eyam Hall, a wonderful, unspoilt 17 century manor house that is now open to the public. 12 miles/19.2 kms.

Day 5 Eyam - Castleton Climb to Bretton which offers marvellous panoramic views over the area. Stroll past Abney Low to the isolated hamlet of Abney before passing Robin Hoods Cross to Bradford Dale. Join the Limestone Way at Old Moor before descending past the 11 century Peveril Castle into Castleton, at the head of the Hope Valley and surrounded by dramatic scenery. 9 miles/14.4 kms

Day 6 Free day in Castleton The picture postcard village of Castleton provides an excellent base to spend some time relaxing & visiting the local attractions.

Day 7 Castleton - Hathersage Pass by the base of Mam Tor before reaching the spectacular viewpoint at Hollins Cross. A fine ridge walk along ‘The Great Ridge’ offers fantastic panoramic views over both the Hope & Edale valleys below. Yet more impressive views as you reach the summit of Win Hill and look out over the Derwent valley, Ladybower reservoir and
Stannage Edge. Descending through attractive pine woodland, to continue along the banks of the River Derwent into Hathersage. 11 miles/17.5 kms

Day 8 Departure after breakfast.

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

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April to October $1,350 per person TBD

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 7 nights B & B with private bathrooms
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  • Luggage transfers
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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA


Best Time to Go

April to October

Convenient Airport

The nearest international airports are Manchester and Birmingham.

Traveling By Rail

Hathersage has a railway station with direct services to Sheffield, which is connected directly to London and other major centres.

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages.

 

 

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