Highlights

  • Peak District National Park
  • Classic English landscapes and villages
  • Chatsworth House
  • Literary connections to Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice

Located in the Peak District National Park, the Derbyshire Dales beckon walkers from around the world with quintessential English landscapes: moors, meadows, rivers, woods, peaks and dales. Enjoy the feeling of heather, bilberry and cotton grass under foot as we follow old packhorse ways through traditional villages and hamlets. These ice-age river valleys are endowed with a rich diversity of flora and wildlife, and offer a look at literary inspirations for writers from Charlotte Bronte to Izaak Walton. We'll have a chance to follow part of the acclaimed Peak Pilgrimage, with a selection of hotels that allows us to walk from hotel to hotel each day without van transfers.

Sunday Overnight: The George Hotel

Meet at the Chesterfield Rail Station for transfer to our hotel in Hathersage, nestled in Derbyshire's beautiful Hope Valley. You'll know you're in a special place the moment you step off the train. Join the group this evening for a wonderful Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: The George Hotel

Our walk begins with a visit to the parish church of St. Michael, famous for the grave of Little John, the best known of Robin Hood's companions, and for providing inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. We continue on, past Lees Hall, inspiration for Mr. Rochester's Thornfield in Jane Eyre, and rise to moor. After a hearty lunch at a country inn we meander down through an ancient wooded valley once owned by the Duke of Rutland en route to our hotel.

Tuesday Overnight: The Riverside House Hotel

This morning we follow the flow of the slow moving Derwent River to Froggatt, then cross the ancient village bridge on our way to Eyam, a village made famous during the bubonic plague. Don't worry, its no longer contagious! After lunch we'll walk down into the dale to the River Wy to see the remains of mills from Britain's industrial revolution. An old railway track leads us along the famous Monsal Valley with outstanding views walking to our next hotel.

Wednesday Overnight: The Riverside House Hotel

Walk from the hotel along the River Wye to our second dale, "Deep Dale," and on to Monyash, an old Quaker village with 100 limestone cottages. After lunch in the village we head to our last beautiful dale, Lathgill, for a spectacular walk along a classic limestone gorge before ending the day at Haddon Hall, one England's finest medieval manor houses, and the star of many costume dramas from Elizabeth to The Other Boleyn Girl and Jane Eyre.

Thursday Overnight: The Cavendish Hotel

Walk from our hotel into bustling Bakewell, for a taste of its famous pudding. Then onward to elegant Chatsworth Park and its grand mansion, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. We lunch in its restaurant in the converted stable block before visiting the great house and exploring the gardens laid out by Joseph Paxton in 1826. Plant collections from the Americas and Far East help make this garden a masterpiece. Tonight, we'll enjoy our farewell dinner at our hotel.

Friday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transfer you to Chesterfield rail station for onward travel.
Moderate
Our visit to Chatsworth House was everything we hoped, and more!
Wooded dales, limestone river gorges. 8-10 miles per day of mostly moderate walking.

TRIP DETAILS

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$3,495.00
Per Person
(Single Supplement $495.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $3,320.00

Dates

10-MAY-20 - 15-MAY-20
06-SEP-20 - 11-SEP-20
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Begins: Chesterfield Rail Station
Ends: Chesterfield Rail Station
The Derbyshire Dales Map

Hotels - Where we stay

The George Hotel

The George Hotel

The George Hotel has welcomed weary Peak District travelers for over 500 years. Once an old coaching inn, the hotel today mixes beautiful rustic charm with modern comfort and style. In addition to beautifully appointed public rooms, guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and an award winning restaurant. Each individually decorated guest room comes with ensuite bath, luxury towels and robes and coffee station.
The Riverside House Hotel

The Riverside House Hotel

The Riverside House Hotel is set at the edge of Ashford in the Water, a lovely and quaint village that dates back to the 1200s. The tranquil hotel is a perfect place to relax with great views of the River Lark and the hotels own lovely gardens. Amenities include a sun terrace, bar and restaurant. Most guest rooms have views over the River or the gardens. Each room has a TV, air conditioning, tea/coffee, and Wi-Fi.
The Cavendish Hotel

The Cavendish Hotel

Located in the heart of Peak District National Park the Cavendish Hotel is a luxurious historical hotel located on the Duke and Duchess of Devonshires Chatsworth estate. The updated bedrooms exude elegant charm and are well equipped with crisp linens, fluffy towels and robes. Each guest room has Wi-Fi, and flat screen TV.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants