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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.

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

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

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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

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
  • 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

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.

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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