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The Peak District Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Contrasting landscapes of craggy escarpments and heather-clad moorlands
  • Chatsworth House, inspiration of Pride and Prejudice's "Pemberley"
  • Listen to the sound of bubbling streams on the Derwent Valley Heritage Way
  • Conquer Mam Tor and the Great Ridge, one of the most iconic walks in the Peak District
  • The elegant spa town of Buxton, gateway to the Peak District National Park
Escape to the countryside on a short break in Britain's first national park, The Peak District. Based in the classic Peak District towns of Buxton and Hathersage, enjoy walks through landscapes which have inspired famous novelists including Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. From the wild and open moorlands of the Goyt Valley and Burbage Edge, to the gritty rock escarpments of Stanage Edge and Mam Tor, this is an area filled with contrasting scenic beauty! No visit to the Peak District would be complete without a visit to Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and we include a transfer here to allow you time to explore it's manicured gardens and grand estate rooms. 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 with its contrasting landscapes of craggy peaks and ridges, combined with pretty dales and open heather-clad moorlands. This short break combines the White Peak and the Dark Peak areas, sampling some of the finest walks in the Peak District National Park. You will stay overnight in comfortable B&B's or small hotels in typical Peak District market towns. 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

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
  • 4 Nights in either 3* hotels or B&B’s
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfer from Buxton to Chatsworth House
  • Luggage transfers from Buxton to Hathersage
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK 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.

We recommend travelling by train as it is straight forward and more environmentally friendly. However, if you prefer to drive, there are numerous public parking options in either Buxton or Hathersage. More information can be found here. It may be possible to park your car at your accommodation for the duration either in Buxton or Hathersage but this cannot be guaranteed, and there may be an additional cost involved, please ask us about this when booking. Unfortunately there is not a direct train between Hathersage and Buxton so to get back to your car, we would recommend taking a taxi which would take around 25 minutes and cost in the region of £40. 

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Buxton Day 2 Goyt Valley and Burbage Edge 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Chatsworth to Hathersage 8 miles / 14 km Day 4 Choice of Walks - Stanage Edge or The Great Ridge & Mam Tor 9 miles / 15 km Day 5 Onward travel

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