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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : March to September
Start: The Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale, Derbyshire, England
End: The Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale, Derbyshire, England
Peak District Guided Walking 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.

From beautiful limestone valleys, to spectacular scenery on the gritstone edges, the Peak District is home to a superb contrast of landscapes. With a choice of walks each day, your holiday can be as relaxing or adventurous as you choose. Our Guided Walking holidays will introduce you to the best of the national park.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on guided walks with our experienced leader to discover the varied beauty of the Peak District on foot 
  • Enjoy panoramic views from gritstone edges
  • Admire stunning limestone dales
  • Visit classic viewpoints, timeless villages and secret corners
  • Look out for wildlife and learn about the ‘Peaks’ history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s finest walking areas

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
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

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
Peak District Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 2 & 3.

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. 

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“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. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • 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)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Version 1 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (D)

Day 2Buxton & the Goyt Valley

Option 1 – Buxton Circuit
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 850 feet (260m)
In summary: Enjoy a circular walk around the fine Regency town of Buxton. Our route heads along the foot of the moors, then on through Buxton Country Park to the Victorian Folly of Solomon’s Temple, before descending past Poole’s Cavern, back into Buxton.
Highlight: There’s time to explore Buxton and enjoy the elegant and imposing buildings of this famous spa town. 

Option 2 – Goyt Valley
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)
In summary: Starting from the former Cat and Fiddle Inn, set high on the moors, we descend to Errwood Hall and the dam between the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. From here we cross the moors to Buxton. 
Highlight: Great views from the old Cat & Fiddle Inn with its lofty position high on the moors. 

Option 3 – Shining Tor & Wingather Rocks
Distance: 12. miles (20km)
Ascent: 1,750 feet (520m)
In summary: An enjoyable hilltop route ascending to Shining Tor then following a broad grassy ridge to Cats Tor, Pym Chair to Windgather Rocks. From here we descend to the reservoirs and cross Wild Moor to Buxton. 
Highlight: The ridge between Shining Tor and Cat’s Tor enjoys great views westwards over the Cheshire Plain towards the Mersey Estuary. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 3Ilam and the Manifold Valley

Option 1 – Ilam
Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In summary: Taking a route round iconic Thorpe Cloud we then cross the River Dove (bridge) and follow pasture land to the unique village of Ilam. There will be plenty of time to explore the grounds of Ilam Hall before returning by the river on the Manifold Way and then ascending back to Thorpe on an old coaching track now the Limestone Way.
Highlight: Beautiful Ilam Park with its Hall and the pseudo Alpine village of Ilam.

Option 2 – Ilam Park
Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In summary: The walk begins with a descent to cross the River Dove and then across fields to reach lofty Castern Hall. From here we follow the route of the Manifold into Ilam Park before ascending to the hamlet of Blore and follow the Limestone Way on our return to the country house.  
Highlight: Beautiful Ilam Park with its Hall, church and gardens. We can see the River Manifold as it emerges from its underground route.

Option 3 – Ilam and Blore
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,302 feet (400m)
In summary: We head out on the Limestone Way from Thorpe, crossing the River Dove at Coldwall Bridge and ascend to Blore. The route then continues to ascend west with magnificent views of surrounding countryside to reach Calton. We then descend on a magical path through Musden Wood to Rushley Bridge before taking the riverside path through the grounds of Ilam Hall and the village of Ilam. 
Highlight: Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo alpine cottages and memorial cross.

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

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. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 5North from Tissington

Option 1 – Tissington Circular
Distance: 4 miles (7km)
Ascent: 380 feet (120m)
In summary: We walk to Tissington on grassland, through the gates and along the tree lined Avenue. After time to look round the village the walk returns on the Tissington Trail (former London and North Western railway) to the site of Thorpe station
Highlight: The charming estate village of Tissington, home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years.

Option 2 – Tissington Village and Trail
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In summary: We walk to the feudal village of Tissington on grassland and along the tree lined avenue. After exploring the village we make our way onto the Tissington Trail to the former Alsop en le Dale station before returning to the country house. 
Highlight: The charming estate village of Tissington, home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years.

Option 3 – Tissington and Alsop en le Dale
Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)
In summary: After visiting beautiful Tissington village our walk descends to Parwich and then ascends to reach the Tissington trail which we follow to Alsop en le Dale station before heading back to the country house.
Highlight: The famous Tissington Trail follows the route of the former London and North Western railway.

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 6The Derwent Valley and Cromford

Option 1 – Crich to Cromford
Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)
Ascent: 650 feet (200m)
In summary: Walk from Crich village up to the monument on Crich Stand. After an undulating walk through the Derbyshire countryside we’ll follow the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill.  
Highlight: The Derwent Valley was one of birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, for it was here that Richard Arkwright set up his pioneering cotton mill. Its importance is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Option 2 – The Derwent Valley and Cromford
Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
In summary: Soak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and RiberFinally we follow the canal to Cromford.  
Highlight: Crich is home to the National Tramways Museum. Look out for these vintage vehicles when you cross the tram tracks at Crich Stand. 

Option 3 – Ambergate to Crich
Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)
Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
In summary: Starting from Ambergate in the Derwent Valley we’ll ascend the wooded valley side to Crich Stand, then continue over rolling green hills to Cromford. 
Highlight: Crich Stand is dominated by the Sherwood Foresters Memorial with its commanding view over the Derwent Valley. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 7Upper Dove Valley & the Dragon's Back

Option 1 – Upper Dove Valley & Pilsbury Castle
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 850 feet (260m)
In summary: From the village of Hollinsclough nestling beneath Hollins Hill close to the source of the Dove we traverse beneath the jagged outlines of the Dragon’s Back to Glutton Bridge. We climb Hitter Hill to view the shapely cone of High Wheeldon with it’s prehistoric secrets, then journey south to the fascinating site of Pilsbury Castle. From there we contour the eastern flank of the upper Dove beneath Carder Low with great views of ‘The Dragon’, Sheen Hill and Axe Edge to finish in the splendid market town of Hartington.
Highlight: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the famous Hartington cheese shop. 

Option 2 – Along the Dragon’s Back to Hartington
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In summary: From the village of Hollinsclough we contour Hollins Hill in the shadow of Axe Edge (source of both the River Dove and Manifold) and Leap Edge (don’t!) to climb the rocky spine of Chrome Hill, known as the Dragon’s Back of Derbyshire. Hitter Hill is then ascended as we head south to Pilsbury Castle and Hartington.
Highlight: Explore the site and remains of Pilsbury Castle, an 11th Century Motte and Bailey Fortress, with fantastic views back towards Chrome Hill. 

Option 3 – Peaks and Dales of the Upper Dove
Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
In summary: This option also starts in the village of Hollinsclough taking a similar route to option 2 on the way to Chrome Hill. We swing north up Dowel Dale then ascend Hitter Hill before heading south to Pilsbury Castle. We then cross the fledgling River Dove and ascend to the ridgeline of Sheen Hill for panoramic views west over the Manifold valley before descending into Hartington. 
Highlight: Panoramic views both south back to Longnor and down the Dove Valley from the peaks and ridgeline of the Dragon’s Back. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

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

Version 2 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (D)

Day 2Around Ashbourne and the Lower Dove

Option 1 – St Mary’s and Coldwall Bridges
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Ascent: 360 feet (130m)
In summary: We cross Thorpe Pasture and descend to the River Dove to walk to St. Mary’s Bridge continue along the river crossing historic Coldwall Bridge and returning to explore the village of Thorpe.
Highlight: Intriguing Coldwall Bridge dating back to 1726.  

Option 2 – Okeover Park and Mappleton
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 885 feet (270m)
In summary: From the country house we drop onto the Dove Valley crossing historic Coldwall Bridge and ascend Marten Hill. We return through lovely Okeover Park to Mappleton walking along the Dove with fine views of Thorpe Cloud.
Highlight: Check out the unusual church in Mappleton.

Option 3 – The Mayfields
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In summary: Initially following the route of option 1, we then continue south on The Limestone Way reaching the cluster of Mayfield villages. Descending through Upper Mayfield to cross Hanging Bridge and return via Mappleton and the River Dove.
Highlight: Hanging Bridge with its grim history including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s retreat in 1745.

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 3The Roaches

Option 1 – The Roaches
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 650 feet (200m)
In summary: Traverse the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches and as we follow the skyline for almost 2 miles. We then head through the fields to the visitor centre at Tittesworth Reservoir. 
Highlight: The rocky ridge of the Roaches gaze out across the hills of Staffordshire, on the Western fringe of the Peak District. 

Option 2 – Lud’s Church
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
In summary: Walk the wonderful Roaches ridge before continuing to the curious chasm of Lud’s Church. We continue around the hillside, then over undulating fields to the Tittesworth Reservoir. 
Highlight: Lud’s Church is a narrow and rocky chasm hidden beneath the Roaches ridge – an unexpected highlight of the walk. 

Option 3 – Roaches & Dane Valley
Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)
Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
In summary: Head along the Roaches skyline to Lud’s Church, then descend to the River Dane. After a steep ascent to the huge ‘Hanging Stone’ we continue along the ridge then through the fields to the Tittesworth Reservoir. 
Highlight: Keep your eyes peeled for the Peak District’s most unlikely wildlife. A colony of wallabies once inhabited the Roaches, see if you can spot one!

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

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. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 5The Edges, through Chatsworth to Bakewll

Option 1 – Chatsworth and Bakewell
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In summary: 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.  
Highlight: Admire the grandeur of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and its surrounding parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. 

Option 2 – Curbar Edge
Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
In summary: 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 then over a ridge and down into Bakewell. 
Highlight: The gritstone escarpment of Curbar and Froggatt Edge is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District, with sweeping views over the Derwent Valley. 

Option 3 – Along the Derbyshire Skyline
Distance: 12.5 miles (20.5km)
Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
In summary: The fantastic gritstone edges see us all the way from Froggatt to Baslow Edge. We continue along Birchen Edge to reach the Hunting Tower and a descent to Chatsworth House, passing the Sowter Stone and aqueduct on the way. We end at Bakewell, via Edensor. 
Highlight: A walk of great contrasts – magificent high-level walking along the edges, and a more in-depth exploration of the Chatsworth estate. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 6Castleton and the Great Ridge

Option 1 – Mam Tor
Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)
Ascent: 800 feet (245m)
In summary: Starting high up on Winnat’s Pass we will make the short steep ascent to the top of Mam Tor. At 517 metres above sea level we will hopefully be rewarded with fantastic views in all directions. We then follow the famous Great Ridge before descending to Hope and a beautiful riverside walk to Castleton. 
Highlight: If you have the energy, why not complete the short climb to Peveril Castle, or learn about village life through the ages and the unique local semi precious ‘Blue John’ stone at the fantastic interactive visitor centre in Castleton. 

Option 2 – The Great Ridge and Castleton
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Ascent: 1,350 feet (400m)
In summary: Starting in the Castleton we ascend along the Limestone Way via the remains of Peveril Castle and Cave Dale before heading across to join the classic Great Ridge. From the summit of Mam Tor we will traverse along the length of the ridge with fantastic views in all directions to Lose Hill. A pleasant descent takes us back to Castleton.
Highlight: Treat yourself to some jewellery crafted from the local ‘Blue John’ stone, or simply relax after an exhilerating walk with a cuppa and cake in one of the numerous tea shops in Castleton. 

Option 3 – Hope Valley and the Great Ridge
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In summary: From Castleton we walk along the limestone way and gradually climb towards the summit of Mam Tor ‘the Shivering Mountain’ then along the Great Ridge to Win Hill. We descend to Hope Village and follow the riverside path back to Castleton.  
Highlight: Celebrate with a pint in one of the many pubs in Castleton to complete a truly memorable day on the one of the country’s finest ridge walks. 

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 7Dovedale

Option 1 – Dovedale
Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)
Ascent: 650 feet (200m)
In summary: We walk out from the house to Gag Lane, from here we descend to Lover’s Leap and the beautiful Dovedale Gorge. Our return takes us along the gorge to the famous stepping stones before returning to the country house. 
Highlight: Look up to see spectacular rock formations as you meander through the gorge. 

Option 2 – Dovedale Gorge
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 750 feet (230m)
In summary: Beginning with a descent to the famous stepping stones we follow the River Dove to Milldale. Following the zig zag path we then return through pasture land high above the gorge.
Highlight: The famous limestone gorge of Dovedale is just a stone’s throw from our country house with its rock formations, caves and verdant flora.

Option 3 – Dovedale and Alstonefield
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,150 feet (330m)
In summary: We begin following the route of option 1 through the iconic Dovedale Gorge. From Milldale we ascend to the village of Alstonefield. We visit the Green Well before our return route takes us back across the river and on higher ground back to the country house.
Highlight: The dramatic Dovedale Gorge with its towering limestone pinnacles.

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

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

Dates and Prices
Version 1
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 26 $2,000 $2,280
2021: May 14 $2,170 $2,450
2021: June 25 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 9 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 27 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 24 $2,000 $2,280
Version 2
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 2 $2,000 $2,280
2021: May 7 $2,170 $2,450
2021: June 4, 18 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 2, 30 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 20 $2,170 $2,450

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

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

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


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.

This tour is also available in 3 or 4 night duration. 

This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. 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 Good and Better 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.

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

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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