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The Peak District
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Highlights

  • Encountering secret caves, rich wildlife and Iron Age hillforts
  • Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire
  • Listening to the sound of crystal-clear streams that run through the dales and valleys
  • Conquering Mam Tor and the Great Ridge, one of the most iconic walks in the Peak District
  • Buxton, a spa town and the gateway to the Peak District National Park

Few places in Britain provide such an infinite variety of walking opportunities as the Peak District National Park. From craggy crests of the Dark Peak, to the rolling limestone and flower-rich dales of the White Peak, this area offers sublime walking and a rich cultural and historical heritage, most notably, Chatsworth house, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

The Peak District is an area of great natural beauty, with picturesque towns and villages, historic churches, grand houses, rugged peat-covered moorlands and lushly-vegetated valleys. Topographically it is split into two areas, the White Peak and the Dark Peak. The former has a very soft, gentle landscape with limestone caves and green valleys, whereas the Dark Peak has a starker landscape made of gritstone and with tor-topped edges and steep escarpments. On this self-guided walking holiday you experience the best of both areas.

Begin in Buxton, famed for its natural spring water and Georgian architecture. You will be based here for three nights incorporating walks in the surrounding areas, such as The Goyt Valley, Chee Dale and the village of Tideswell, whose importance stems back to the 13th century when it was granted the right to hold a weekly market and whose parish church is known as the “Cathedral of the Peak”. One of your walks begins at the impressive yellow-stoned Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and one of the inspirations for Jane Austen when writing Pride and Prejudice.

Hathersage, your home for the next few nights, is a prosperous village and a popular centre for walkers. It is surrounded by Stanage Edge on the east and by many spectacular tors and gritstone edges. Whilst staying here you will have the opportunity to walk up Mam Tor, an iconic walk that provides some of the greatest views in the whole of the Peak District.

Your 7 day walking tour through the Peak District includes 6 nights in historic 3* hotels, daily breakfasts 6 breakfasts, three transfers, baggage transfers, daily route cards, maps, and a comprehensive information pack.

DAY 1: Arrive Buxton

After flying into Manchester (or London) you can take a train into Buxton, where your tour begins.  This spa town has splendid Georgian architecture (reminiscent of the city of Bath) and is famous for its natural spring water and for being the highest market town in England. The discovery of coins indicate that the Romans were here throughout their occupation.  


After checking into your centrally located hotel or B&B, why not try one of the local pubs for some traditional food and beer which will give you sustenance for your first day of walking tomorrow.


Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Buxton


DAY 2: Goyt Valley and Burbage Edge

Today’s walk takes you on a circular route through some of the most stunning moorland scenery that this area has to offer. Begin at the splendid Buxton Opera House and follow the trail which winds through farms and atmospheric woodlands. 


Make your way up to moorland and around the Goyt Valley before a walk along Burbage Edge, one of the gritstone edges of the Peak District from which there are views towards the county of Cheshire and beyond.  Perhaps you can spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring this market town.  


Walk: 9 miles/15 km


Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Buxton


DAY 3: Tideswell Circular Walk

After a short transfer to Tideswell, a historical settlement founded on the wealth made from wool and lead, walk through Tideswell Dale where you can view a wealth of wildflowers, including orchids. Cross the River Wye and follow the Monsal Trail along a dismantled railway line, over bridges and through tunnels past the ruins of Millers Dale Station. Then head back to Tideswell along the Pennine Bridleway, an official National Trail which follows old packhorse routes.

Pass Wormhill, whose greatest son was James Brindley the virtually illiterate pioneer of canal building. Walk along more pretty trails and country roads until arriving back in Tideswell where another transfer back to Buxton is included. Before leaving Tideswell take the time to check out its magnificent parish church and locally known as the “Cathedral of the Peak”.


Walk: 12 miles/19 km


Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Buxton


DAY 4: Chatsworth to Hathersage

After a delicious breakfast a transfer is included to Chatsworth House and Estate. You must take the time to visit this great house which is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been handed down through sixteen generations. It also houses a significant and diverse art collection, has over thirty rooms to explore and acres of beautiful gardens. Arguably the most handsome country house in England it was also the supposed inspiration for Jane Austen’s Pemberly in Pride & Prejudice.  


After exploring this historic house and gardens take the trail north along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to the the quaint village of Baslow and along the river valley to Froggat and Grindleford, a nucleated village standing on the right bank of the Derwent River. Take the Hathersage road continuing along the valley all the way into the village, where you check into your hotel or B&B.


Walk: 8 miles/14km


Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Hathersage


DAY 5: Stanage Edge

Your walk today takes you along Stanage Edge, a mecca for rock climbers from all over Britain and a 4 mile long gritstone escarpment. From the centre of the village walk due north and east through the grounds of Brookfield Manor and enter a narrow walled path before passing the farmyard of North Lees. The large house here was supposedly the place that Charlotte Bronte based one of the manor houses on in the novel Jane Eyre. Then follow the path up to Stanage Edge and to high point of High Neb. Turn north by the remains of two ancient burial cairns and then the path turns back on itself and descends on the Fiddler’s Elbow road and over a cattle grid. Descend down Dale Bottom for one easy mile before coming back down into Hathersage.


Walk: 8 miles/14 km


Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Hathersage


DAY 6: The Great Ridge - Mam Tor

Take a local train from Hathersage to the village of Edale (a ten minute ride) and from here you embark on your walk to the Great Ridge, situated on the border of both the White and the Dark Peak. Follow the trail along the Chapel Gate track and then climb steadily to Lord’s Seat. Once you have reached Mam Tour you will see some of the best views in the whole of the peaks.


Mam Tour means “mother hill” so called because there are lots of mini-hills beneath it where there have been landslips on its eastern side. Mam Tour is steeped in history dating back to the Bronze Age and another popular name for it is Shivering Mountain, a reference to its unstable geology. Continue to follow the crest of the Great Ridge until you come to Lose Hill then backtrack from here to Back Tor and along the final stretch back into Edale. Take the train back to Hathersage.


Walk: 9 miles/15km


Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Hathersage


DAY 7: Onward travel

The tour finishes after breakfast and you can take a train from Hathersage to Manchester Airport or other major gateways.


Accommodation

On your 6 night, 7 day Peak District self-guided walk in England you can choose to stay in either in 3* hotels or B&B’s.  A warm welcome in all accommodation types is assured.


Buxton:


Old Hall Hotel , Buxton


This hotel has thirty eight very comfortably furnished rooms. It is also charming, full of character and located directly across from the Pavilion Gardens.


Griff House Bed and Breakfast , Buxton


This newly refurbished Victorian property is ideally placed within walking distance of the Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Gardens. All the rooms are comfortable and en suite.


Hathersage:


The George Hotel, Hathersage


This stylish hotel was once an old coaching inn and is in a building that is 500 years old! It is located right in the village and also has an award-winning restaurant


Sladen House Bed and Breakfast , Hathersage


A few minutes walk away from the lively village of Hathersage, this bed and breakfast has a spectacular setting and is friendly and welcoming.


Alternate accommodation

You might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for an additional charge.


Meals

6 Breakfasts are included. You can either eat dinner in local restaurants or at the hotels, both of which have a restaurant. For lunches you can ask the hotels to make you a packed lunch or you can buy sandwiches or local cheeses, meats and breads in local shops or markets.

Availability

Due to the Quarry Industrial Trade Fair Buxton is full from the 25th June - 30th June 2016.


Due to the Buxton Festival all accommodation in Buxton is full from the 4th July - 25th July 2016. Please avoid booking over this time if possible.


Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.


Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. There are often waymarks to help you find your way and as always when walking you should be able to read a map and use a compass in case of bad weather.


Experience & Fitness

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. It is rated easy to moderate but the terrain may be a bit rugged and tricky at times, with rocks and roots underfoot. There are some elevation gains and losses, especially on the Mam Tour and Kinder Scout walks. The trails may be boggy, so come prepared with good waterproof hiking boots.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots,and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/decents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack

Getting to Buxton

Manchester Airport is the closest airport to Buxton and the journey by train (via Manchester Piccadilly Station) takes approximately one and a half hours and costs around £15. For more information please consult the National Rail website. Buxton is also accessible from London by train and the journey takes around 3 hours, with one change.


Getting from Hathersage

From Hathersage it is also possible to return by train to Manchester Airport via Manchester Piccadilly. The trains run every hour and the journey takes one and a half hours and costs approximately £15.


Included

  • 6 Nights in either 3* hotels or B&B’s
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Three required transfers during the walking days
  • Detailed maps, information pack, and route notes
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in England and our office

Excluded

  • Travel to Buxton
  • Travel from Hathersage
  • Entrance to Chatsworth House & Gardens
  • Return train trip from Hathersage to Edale
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Single room supplement if single room required.
  • Solo traveler supplement (if applicable)

We are often asked the following questions by walkers planning The Peak District trip and I hope that you will find the following information useful.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. It is rated easy to moderate but the terrain may be a bit rugged and tricky at times, with rocks and roots underfoot. There are some elevation gains and losses, especially on the Mam Tour and Kinder Scout walks.

How far in advance do I need to book?

As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as The Peak District is extremely popular. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.

When is the best time of year?

The Peak District itinerary is very enjoyable at any time between the beginning of April and the end of  October although it is particularly lovely in late spring and early Autumn.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.


Stunning walks and excellent accommodation

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This was our third holiday with Macs. We are a group of five ladies who enjoy walking with a bit of luxury at the end of the day. Macs were very helpful in tailoring the trip to suit us and the accommodation was really excellent. All pre-booking info and communication were also excellent. Where we felt a little disappointed this year was that with better planning we could have avoided trains and taxis, which seemed to forget us. One of our walks took us on a 2 mile detour from our accommodation and left us in the village of Hathersage - we had passed the inn by 200 yards, but had no idea. We had to abandon the instructions on the last two walks and resorted to the maps. But, the walks were stunning and enjoyed by all.

Annie get your boots

Northants

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A good way to spend Spring Bank Holiday week

4

We were a party of three and enjoyed the walk very much. The accommodation in Buxton and Hathersage was very good. The first day walking was a little boggy with some rough uphill walking and bleak landscapes. The following four days were brilliant. There were some quite steep hills but all manageable and the views were amazing. We had packed lunches from our accommodation in Buxton which were very good and in Hathersage we found a bakery which made packed lunches to order - all very tasty. We also had some good evening meals in both towns. The transport was all excellent and arrived on time. All in all it was a good holiday - including the weather.

Three musketeers

Midlands

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A perfect walking week

5

The detailed route instructions were accurate and very helpful. With them it was almost impossible to go astray.

Clive

Group came from Hamshire, Bucks, Cumbria

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Wet feet

4

Having never been to this area of the world before, this holiday offered us the chance to explore much of what the Peak District had to offer. Our walks went through moorland, rich pasture land and dales; along footpaths, dismantled railway lines, the Derwent river trail and hill ridges. En route we got to see the opulent Chatsworth House and grounds, and the ominously rugged setting for Bronte's Jane Eyre around Stanage Edge. Though we only got rained on a couple of times, it was pretty soggy underfoot in places. I guess you have to accept rain and damp in this part of the world. Thanks to Ruth and George (B&B owners at Buxton) for getting my boats dry.

Non-hardy southerners

London

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The Peak District

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