Walking in the Peak District
The Peak District of Derbyshire offers some of the finest walking in England, with its distinctive limestone-scarred landscape of rolling hills and wooded dales. Bracing walks in the morning are complemented by stimulating visits in the afternoon featuring the historic houses and natural wonders of the region.
The first of our walks takes us from Bakewell to Chatsworth House, Derbyshire’s jewel in the crown, through wonderful woodland and peaceful pastures with far reaching views to the peaks beyond. The next day we can expect gentle gradients as we walk along the trackbed of a former railway line to Bakewell and beside the River Derwent to Haddon Hall, a romantic and historic property with a lovely rose garden. Our final walk takes us from the village of Eyam, which famously ‘self-isolated’ during the plague years of the 16th century, over heather-covered moors into the deep and sheltered valley of Bretton Clough and an idyllic (and no doubt very welcome) country pub. In the afternoon we venture underground at the Blue John Cavern where beautiful blue semi-precious gemstones were once mined.
A good degree of mobility is required to get the most from this tour.
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Day 1 -
Travel independently to our hotel, the Hotel Mercure Kenwood Hall & Spa, Sheffield. For those travelling by air or rail, a coach pick up and transfer will be provided from East Midlands Airport and Sheffield Railway Station.
Day 2 -
Following breakfast, we transfer by coach to Bakewell then walk from there to Chatsworth House. From the Wye valley, the walk passes through woods then emerges onto Carlton Pasture with far reaching views toward the ‘Edges’ for which the Peak District is famed. We then descend a track to see Chatsworth suddenly appear – a golden palace nestling beside the Derwent. After a visit to The House, with its splendid interiors, adorned with exquisite furnishings and both historic and contemporary works of art, we will walk back to Bakewell. The route follows an ancient track and quiet country road over Ball Cross which is steeped in history and has panoramic views of the Derbyshire countrywide (total walking distance approximately 8-10 miles depending on the route taken). Our coach will return us to the hotel.
Day 3 -
After breakfast this morning, we transfer by coach to Blackwell Mill, the starting point of the Monsal Trail to Bakewell, which provides easy walking, not to mention historical interest, as it follows the trackbed of the former Midland Railway line and includes several tunnels which have been refurbished and illuminated (distance 8.5 miles).
After a break for lunch in Bakewell (not included), we walk by the meandering River Wye to Haddon Hall, an intensely romantic and hugely historic house (distance 2.5 miles). The castle was built between the 12th and 17th centuries, with turrets, crenellations and tracery windows and as such has often been used as a film location. The gardens still have some of their 17th Century character, particularly on the upper level where there is a fine knot garden. Descending on a series of terraces that lead down towards the river that loops through the rural landscape below, there is a pond and fountain, an immense collection of roses and fine herbaceous borders, all set against the ancient stone walls of the castle.
We return by coach to our hotel.
Day 4 -
After breakfast we transfer by coach to the village of Eyam, which is world famous for its history surrounding the days of the great plague back in the 17th century when the village and its residents isolated themselves from their neighbours. Several of the buildings and cottages survived the centuries and now have little plaques outside to record the names of those that perished within. The church and museum are packed with interesting facts and artefacts.
From Eyam we walk up onto Sir William Hill and over heather-covered moors before descending into the deep and sheltered valley of Bretton Clough. We continue on a grassy track to the Barrel Inn at Bretton which must have the most idyllic setting of any public house in the country and will provide some most welcome refreshment (not included). The route back to Eyam follows a quiet road along the ridge top with far reaching views in every direction, before dropping down an old track to the village (total distance 7 miles.)
This afternoon our walk takes place below ground as we visit to the Blue John Cavern at nearby Castleton. Originally worked as a source of semi-precious gemstones know as Blue John, the caverns are home to a series of spectacular natural wonders such as stalactites, mineral colourings and markings, solidified waterfalls and a stone whirlpool known as Lord Mulgrave’s Dining Room.
Day 5 -
After breakfast we are free to depart independently or take advantage of the coach transfer to Sheffield Railway Station and East Midlands Airport.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Offer||Availability|
|12 September 2021||BWPD210912||12 September 2021 (Sunday)||16 September 2021 (Thursday)||£795