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THE BEST OF THE PEAK DISTRICT

Hilltops, dales and gorges of Britain's first National Park

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.



WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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Autumn, Spring, Summer

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"Excellent walking but a bit much on ex railway tracks"
November 2015
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  • Accommodation

    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.

    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.

  • What's Included
    • Half board en suite accommodation.
    • All transport necessary to and from the walks.
    • Services of a dedicated tour leader.

  • Holiday Highlights

    HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Walking the High Peak Trail.
    • Panoramic views directly from the hotel.
    • Walking the varied beauty of the Peak District.

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    NO Single Room Supplement for Solo & Single Travellers

    The availability of single rooms is limited, as is the number if single rooms available without supplement.

    If booking online, for holidays advertised with no single room supplement, if you book a place in a twin room you should not assume that this room will be allocated for your sole use.

    We may be able to obtain additional single rooms or allocate a twin room or double room for sole use, however an additional cost may be levied.

    Share a twin room with another solo traveller
    You can often avoid a single supplement if you are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, as we can accommodate this on most holidays. Sharers are required to adhere to a no-smoking policy and to reasonable norms of behaviour. If we are unable to find you a suitable sharer, we may allocate you a single room at no additional cost.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

    Willersley Castle has plenty of guest car parking.


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  • Private Group Enquiry

    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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