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The Peak District

7 Days & 6 Nights 4.5 Read 6 reviews
  • 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
Britain's first National Park, the Peak District, offers sublime walking and a rich cultural and historical heritage. Based in two classic Peak District towns, Buxton and Hathersage, this tour allows you to experience the contrasting landscapes which have inspired novelists such as Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. Discover the ancient village of Tideswell, whose parish church is known as the “Cathedral of the Peak”. Explore Chatsworth House, inspiration of Mr Darcey's Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice. And take on the iconic Peak District walk of the Great Ridge and Mam Tor. Soak up the beautiful panoramas and reward a fine day's walking with a tasty treat such as the local speciality Bakewell Pudding in one of the local tearooms!

What To Expect

The Peak District is a walkers paradise as you are surrounded by footpaths, bridleways and disused railway lines that are used as public paths. This area in immersed in history and the hotels or guest houses are warm and welcoming. The terrain can be quite rugged and boggy at times and the footpaths exposed to the wind, so you will need to come dressed ready to protect yourself against the elements should the weather take a turn for the worst.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

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 walk, which would be graded more as moderate. The trails may be boggy, so come prepared with good waterproof hiking boots.

Navigation

Navigation is easy using the GPS tracks and route notes provided within our Macs Adventure app. The app is free to use and works offline on airplane mode.

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 walk, which would be graded more as moderate. The trails may be boggy, so come prepared with good waterproof hiking boots.

Accommodation Information

You will stay in carefully selected B&B's or 3* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included. An optional upgrade is available to the 3* Old Hall Hotel in Buxton. Please let your Destination & Adventure Specialist know when you make the booking if you would like to stay here and they will advise you of the price. 

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.

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

When To Go

This trip is available from April through to October. The Peak District is very pretty in spring when the flowers are starting to bloom, but it is equally impressive in the autumn months of September and October, when the leaves turn golden brown. 

Getting to the Start

Manchester Airport is the closest airport to Buxton and the journey by train (via Manchester Piccadilly Station) takes approximately one hour. For more information please consult the National Rail website. Buxton is also accessible from London by train and the journey takes under 4 hours, with one change.

If you wish to drive, the Peak District is also very easily accesible by car. Driving times are around 1hr from the nearby cities of Manchester and Sheffield and around 3.5hrs from London, making it one of the most accessible national parks. 

Getting from the End

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.

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.

General Information

The distances and ascent/decents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Equipment

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.Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Buxton Day 2 Goyt Valley and Burbage Edge 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Tideswell Circular Walk 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 Chatsworth to Hathersage 8 miles / 14 km Day 5 Stanage Edge 8 miles / 14 km Day 6 The Great Ridge - Mam Tor 9 miles / 15 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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