Discover the delightful Peak District National Park, at walking pace. We are delighted to introduce walking holidays with our partners at hf holidays the award-winning experts in Guided Walking and Self-guided walking holidays, with over 100 years experience. This Gentle Walking itinerary lets you choose from a range of walk lengths, each accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, taking you through the Parks rich and diverse landscapes from stunning limestone ravines and moorland plateaus to picturesque stepping-stones across the River Dove and breath-taking viewpoints along the way.
Named after the novel by Sir Walter Scott, this Country House hotel is set in extensive grounds, less than a mile from Dove Dale Gorge. With individual character bedrooms, quality food and a glorious National Park setting.
Guided walking holidays are designed to see some magnificient views, To the south, the fabulous limestone plateau of the Derbyshire Dales, often referred to as the White Peak, forms a pastoral patchwork of rolling hills and dry-stone walls. Through this scene, rivers have carved a series of impressive valleys, of which Dove Dale with its sheer walls, caves and rock spires is the most famous. Equally attractive are the meandering Manifold Valley, the long dry valley of Lathkill Dale, and the beautiful scenery of Monsal Dale. Tranquil villages such as Ilam and Wetton, and the manicured estates of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, complete this most traditional of English country scenes. In contrast, walks on the gritstone moors of the Dark Peak present a moodier landscape. From the rocky escarpment of Froggatt and CurbarEdges you can gaze down on the green valley of the River Derwent below and across the open moors to the east. In the west, walks along the Roaches or on the rolling, heather-clad hills above the Goyt Valley offer extensive views and a sense of solitude.
From the easiest of rambles, to more intensive hillside challenges, now is the time to lace up your boots and get outside and explore the great outdoors. Please note that all walks travel at a leisurely pace, so that you can appreciate the countryside you are experiencing. No walks are compulsory, and you can be as active as you wish.
Country House Overview All are within National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each offering a unique holiday experience; from legendary packed lunches to dedicated boot rooms, maps and books galore, lounges to lounge in, bars to relax and socialise in and quiet corners to read in.
On all Tours, we will spend time outdoors regardless of the weather.
Please bring sensible, waterproof clothing and walking boots, as it can be wet and muddy, and occasions involves crossing becks. Active Walking Holiday itineraries often include walks over uneven ground which may prove challenging for those customers with reduced and limited mobility.
. 4 nights full board from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure including packed lunches on Tues, Wed & Thu
. Expert Guides for your chosen walks on 3 day
. All centres are staffed by a friendly, caring and knowledgeable team, who will be on hand to offer advice and assistance throughout your stay
· Coach travel by Tally Ho Coaches
· Driver will be your tour Manager
£515 per person based on two sharing twin/double room.
Single supplement £40
Upgrade to Better room £40pp
Discount for no walking £70pp
Your nearest pick-up point.
Monday 21 September
We travel to our hotel in the beautiful Peak District.D
Tuesday to Thursday
Three days of guided walking - The Make your choice the night before - see Other information tabD, L, FE
Friday 25 September
After a full English breakfast, we return home to Devon.FE
D=Dinner, L=Lunch, FE=Full English Breakfast
Example of walks
Option 1 - Dovedale
Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
In Summary: Walk from our Country House to the famous stepping stones. We then follow the river upstream through the Dove Dale gorge to Lover's Leap before returning to the house.
Highlight: Look up to see the spectacular rock features of Dove Dale as you meander through the gorge.
Option 2 - Dovedale Gorge
Distance: 6½ miles (11km) Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)
In Summary: Walk from our Country House through Lin Dale to the famous stepping stones. We then follow the river upstream through the Dove Dale gorge to the hamlet of Milldale, then return at a higher level with fine views.
Highlight: The famous limestone gorge of Dovedale is just a stones' throw from our Country House. You'll have plenty of time to admire the rock formations, caves and verdant flora of this natural beauty spot as you walk through the gorge.
Option 3 - Dovedale and Tissington
Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: Follow the river through the delightful surroundings of Dove Dale to Milldale. Having climbed to the top of Shining Tor our return route takes us via the villages of Alsop-en-le-Dale and Tissington.
Highlight: Tissington is particularly attractive estate village with a fine Jacobean hall built by the FitzHerbert family in 1609.
At the time of going to print, the exact programme of walks for 2020 was yet to be finalized.
What to bring:
Walking Boots / Shoes suitable for all weather
Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
Thermos flask for hot drink,
Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
First aid kit your leaders first aid kit doesnt contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)
Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Brixham|| Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church |
|Buckfastleigh|| Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd |
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
|Dartmouth|| Dartmouth Marks & Spencer |
|Exeter|| Exeter Motorway Services |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage |
|Kingsbridge Quay|| Kingsbridge Quay |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot opp Railway Station |
|Others|| Other pick up points are available |
|Paignton|| Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library |
|Plympton|| Plympton St Marys opp Church |
|Plymstock|| Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel |
|Torquay|| Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre |
|Totnes 7 Stars 2|| Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons |
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