Peak District Discovery Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : June 14 and September 13
Start: The Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale, Derbyshire, England
End: The Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale, Derbyshire, England
Peak District Discovery Tour: 7 nights based at The Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale, Derbyshire

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Our 7-night Peak District Discovery Tour packs in plenty of highlights. You’ll hear the history of the 11th century Haddon Hall, find out about the industrial revolution at Cromford Mills, and uncover the warts-and-all history of Eyam and its battle against the Great Plague in 1665. And if you’ve still got an appetite, top it all with a slice of Bakewell pudding or Bakewell tart in the town that gave both treats their name.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Learning about the Peak District’s industrial heritage
  • Spending time in Castleton, the charming village crowned by Peveril Castle
  • Treating yourself to a slice of cake or an authentic Bakewell tart
  • Visiting the remarkable Haddon Hall
  • Discovering the history of Eyam and the Great Plague
  • Staying in the comfort of our country house in Dovedale

Pick Up Location & TIme

The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at The Peveril of the Peak
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

On each Discovery day, you will be walking roughly 3-5 miles (5-8km) throughout the course of the day as you explore the venues and locations we visit. You’ll also be hopping on and off the coach throughout – you should expect to spend the majority of the day on your feet. Most of this walking will be at attractions but some may be across country tracks or footpaths so be sure to bring sturdy shoes. There will also be stairs to climb in the majority of the venues you visit, though other more accessible options may be available. At some venues, there may also be uneven surfaces, such as cobbles or rocky paths.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards where you’ll have a complimentary cream tea to tuck in to. (D, T)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 2Dovedale, Ilam & Haddon Hall

After a morning stroll around Dovedale, a short drive this morning brings us to the pseudo-alpine village of Ilam where we can take a gentle walk through the wooded grounds of Ilam Hall before travelling to Haddon Hall, arguably the best-preserved Medieval manor house in the country with some stunning medieval and Elizabethan interiors, and small but exquisite gardens. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 3Dambusters & Plague in Eyam

Today, we hover on the boundary of the Dark and White Peaks as we arrive in Castleton. We’ll spend a short while here before venturing north to Derwent Dams, famous today for their connection to the heroic RAF 617 squadron, a.k.a. the Dambusters. In the afternoon, we travel on to Eyam, one of the places worst-affected by the Black Death in the 17th century. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 5Tissington, Kedleston & Ashbourne

We kick off our day with a short stop in the village of Tissington before continuing to 18th-century Kedleston Hall, known for its fabulous interiors, designed for entertaining in style. Alongside its extensive gardens and parkland, there’s lots to see here. To round off our day, we’ll stretch our legs in Ashbourne, also known as the ‘Gateway to Dovedale’. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 6Bakewell & Chatsworth Hall

After a morning stop in the market town of Bakewell, we make the short journey to Chatsworth House. It would be remiss of us to tour the Peak District and not stop at this icon of the area, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire – try saying that five times fast! Its numerous appearances on the small and big screen have given Chatsworth one of the most recognisable frontages in the country, if not world. Behind the façade though, there’s a vast collection of artworks, regal state rooms, and perfectly-appointed spaces. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 7Cromford Canals & Mills

On our final morning, we’ll enjoy a return boat trip along the Cromford Canal, from the Wharf to Leawood Pump House and back. Later, we’ll be arriving at Cromford Mills, a World Heritage Site and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution for the textile industry worldwide. There are various options for guests at the Mills so the time is yours to explore at will. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: June 14 $2,870 $3,150
2024: September 13 $2,870 $3,150

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW

By Rail:
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby.

By Taxi:
From Buxton railway station a taxi takes approximately 45 minutes and costs around £42 if pre-booked. From Derby railway station a taxi takes approximately 40 minutes and costs around £32 if pre-booked. Please note these are 2020 prices relevant to a 4-seat 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:

Ashbourne Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 1335 345198
Mob: +44 7811 196686
Email: ashbourne-taxis@hotmail.co.uk
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.
*Ashbourne Taxis is not owned or managed by us.

By Bus:
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.
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 01335 345198 the journey will take approximately 10 minutes and costs £8 for a 4-seat taxi.

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 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.

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.

Hotel Descriptions
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The Peveril of the Peak

The 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. Surrounded 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 Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, 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 Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.

Address: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW

Room Amenities: 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 plenty of space and there’s a range of ‘Classic’ and ‘Premium’ Rooms 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 on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Hotel Amenities: 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 views. 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.

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