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The Peak District

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  • 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.
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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.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

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.

Accommodations

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.

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

Due to the Buxton International Festival all accommodation in Buxton is full from the 3th July - 22nd July 2019. Please avoid booking over this time if possible. 

Getting to the Start

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 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 and costs approximately £15.

Luggage 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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