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Walk the hilltops, dales and gorges of Britain’s first National Park on this holiday exploring the highlight of the Peak District.
  • Product Code 73202,73205
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 2, 5 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - The Best of the Peak District

The rippling waters of the River Dove cut through a steep sided limestone gorge. Strips of broadleaved woodland line the banks. Suddenly you emerge into grassland with sweeping views and dry stone walls, descending gently to the village of Ilam, with its ancient cross and tidy, flower filled gardens.

You can ascend the rocky precipice of High Tor on wooded paths above the Derwent Gorge. Or wander through the picturesque towns of Bakewell and Ashford-in-the-Water, take in the panoramic views from Monsal Head and encounter Britain’s industrial heritage all directly from our hotel at Cromford.

We will also walk on part of the High Peak Trail, an old railway line which closed in 1967. We may also walk along the Monsal Trail, and this old line forms the focal point of the classic view down Monsal Dale from Monsal Head. It is astonishing how a former major transport artery is now a tranquil haven for nature. South of here the railway has been preserved. It is possible to travel by steam train to Rowsley, before walking back through limestone country with impressive views over the dales.

The limestone White Peak area of the southern Peak District is an ideal base for a holiday at this moderate walking grade. You will be surrounded by beautiful limestone crags, valleys, streams and rivers. Panoramic views over fascinating countryside will be your reward to be enjoyed from the local high points you will reach.

The rugged beauty of this area is overwhelming and makes it a wonderful place to walk; rolling hills, tranquil dales, gorges, magnifi cent rock formations, evidence of a history which changed the world and some beautiful towns of honey coloured stone.

NO Single Room Supplement - rooms without a supplement are subject to availability.

Holiday Highlights


  • Walking the High Peak Trail.
  • Panoramic views directly from the hotel.
  • Walking the varied beauty of the Peak District.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation.
      All transport necessary to and from the walks.
      Services of a dedicated tour leader.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at the Willersley Castle Hotel in Matlock Bath near Cromford. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.

  2. Day 2 to 5

    Four days' guided walking in the Peak District. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

  3. Day 6

    Departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out of the Willersley Castle Hotel by 10am.

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Willersley Castle has plenty of guest car parking.

Trip Map

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Willersley Castle Hotel

You will stay at the three-star Willersley Castle Hotel, a 200 year old and recently refurbished Grade II listed building commissioned by the industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright, the man credited with inventing the modern factory system by automating cotton spinning. It overlooks the River Derwent and stands in 60 acres of grounds, just outside Cromford. The hotel has leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool and also a restaurant.

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