Buxton • Langnor • Thorpe • Winster • Baslow • Tideswell • Buxton
Self Guided Hiking Tour
Departing from the attractive spa town of Buxton you will venture south into the White Peak. Crossing the county boundary line into Staffordshire you will stay in Longnor, the location for the TV series 'Peak Practice'. Visit pretty Hartington before passing some of Derbyshire's most attractive Dales to arrive at spectacular Doverdale. Join the Limestone Way through Tissington, famous for the ancient tradition of well-dressing. Visit the neolithic Nine Ladies stone circle before dropping down to the Derwent Valley and on through Chatsworth. Pass through 'Cathedral of the Peak' Tideswell before rejoining the Limestone Way through the Derbyshire Dales nature reserve and back to Buxton.
You will stay in a mixture of B&Bs, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you are with your partner a double room (or twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin room (same sex). The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.
If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.
If you choose this option you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.
Arrive at your accommodation in the attractive spa town of Buxton with time to explore this charming town, the highest market town in England.
Stroll through Buxton Country Park to join the Dane Valley trail to the spectacular viewpoint at Axe Edge. Continue along quiet pathways to Hollinsclough past Chrome Hill and Cross the County boundary onto Staffordshire to reach the village of Longor, the location for the TV series 'Peak Practice' where you may spot many familiar sights around the village.
Take the splendid trail past Pilsley castle south to Hartington, famous for its magnificent 17th century hall, a fine example of typical Peak District manor house. The village is also home to Derbyshire's last remaining cheese factory which can still be bought from the dairy shop. From here the gorge from Beresford Dale through Wolfcotes Dale offers a dramatic introduction to the karst limestone scenery of the area. The walk from pretty Milldale through Derbyshire's best known dale, Doverdale, shows the beauty of the area to its fullest.
Follow the Limestone Way to Tissington, known for its ancient festival of well-dressing, a custom which dates back to 1350. Tissington is also known for the interesting Norman church of St. Mary and the 500 year old Tissington Hall which is well worth a visit. Pass through the delightful, typical Peak District Village of Parwich which lies beneath a massive limestone outcrop which rises to over 1000 feet. Continue along the trail to Winster. This pleasant village has some fine 18th century houses, however the most impressive building must be the Market House. Owned by the national Trust the rugged Market House dates from the 17th century and is a reminder of Winster's past importance as a market town.
Walk to Stanton Moor and see the Neolithic 'Nine Ladies Stone Circle'. The area is of significant archaeological importance and legend has it that one Sunday nine ladies and a fiddler came onto the moor to dance and, for this act of debauchery, they were turned to stone. Pass through the interesting typical Peak District villages of Birchover and Stanton in the peak before joining the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to the Chatsworth Estate. Often referred to as 'Palace of the Peak' Chatsworth is without doubt one of the finest of great houses in Britain. If you desire, you should have time to visit the opulent house and gardens before arriving at your accommodation for the night at Baslow.
Continue along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way before turning towards Calver Peak with fine views over a series of Gritstone edges. A pleasant walk to Great Londstone, through Little Londstone takes you to the spectacular viewpoint of Monsal Head. From Monsal Head you will follow the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Water-cum-jolly Dale to Millers Dale. Passing through Tideswell Dale takes you to 'Cathedral of the Peak' Tideswell, known for its magnificent 14th century church of St. John the Babtist.
The track out of Tideswell joins with the Limestone Way overlooking Monks Dale, part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. From the northern reaches of Millers Dale you continue along the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Chee Dale and Deep Dale to join the Midshires Way. Your final stretch to Buxton allows the opportunity to visit the viewpoint at Grinlow Tower (Salomon's Temple) which overlooks this charming market town.
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