Hilltops, dales and gorges of Britain's first national park
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 broad leaved 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.
During your time in the Peak District, you can ascend the rocky precipice of High Tor on wooded paths above the Derwent Gorge. 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, directly from our hotel in Cromford.
Walk on part of the High Peak Trail, an old railway line which closed in 1967, and possibly walk along the Monsal Trail, which 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 (paid locally).
The rugged beauty of this area is overwhelming and makes it a wonderful place to walk; rolling hills, tranquil dales, gorges, magnificent rock formations, evidence of a history which changed the world and some beautiful towns of honey coloured stone. 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.
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