This superb route is characterised by ancient limestone villages, green fields & rolling dales. You will appreciate the forces of nature as you pass through a number of spectacular gorges created by a series of successive ice ages. Your extra night at Bakewell allows time for the worthwhile walk through the Haddon Estate to the opulent surroundings of Chatsworth House, with a chance to visit the famous house & gardens.
Day 1: Arrive Matlock
Arrive at your accommodation in Matlock with time to explore this enchanting town.
Day 2: Matlock - Youlgrave (10 miles)
Leaving Matlock behind you will climb to the Heights of Abraham (or you can take the cable car) which offers fine views over the fantastic gorge below. You will continue to the typical Peak District village of Bonsal with its interesting architecture & 12th century church of St James. Here you will join the Limestone Way & venture deeper into the Heart of the White Peak through the picturesque & historical villages of Winster & Birchover. A fascinating day’s walk takes you onto your stop for the night at Youlgrave. With 3 cosy pubs & one of the prettiest churches in Derbyshire, this quiet & friendly village makes a fantastic place to relax after you first days wanderings.
Day 3: Youlgrave - Bakewell (10 miles)
Continuing north along the Limestone Way you will walk through wonderful rolling green fields to Monyash. Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Maneis, the name Monyash is thought to derive its name from ‘many ash trees’. The village is clustered around a village green & is home to a great pub, known for its excellent food. Here you turn south to Lathkil Dale, surely one of Derbyshire’s prettiest dales, with an abundance of wild flowers & birds. You will continue along the Lathkil Trail to the tiny village of Over Haddon which offers great views over to the Haddon Estate. Perhaps you will arrive in Bakewell before the bakeries close & have time to sample the local pudding before settling into your accommodation for the night.
Day 4: Chatsworth Loop (8 miles)
Leaving Bakewell behind you will pass the attractive woodland at the Manners Estate before dropping down to the picturesque village of Edensor. You will continue to Chatsworth House, one of the grandest houses in the country. Built in 1549 by the Cavendish family the house was finished by Bess of Hardwick after the death of her husband, Sir William Cavendish. Over the years money continued to pour into Chatsworth, making it an almost unparalleled showcase for art treasures. Every aspect of fine arts is here ranging from old masterpieces, furniture, tapestries, porcelain & alabaster carvings. There are also some fantastic gardens which have a number of interesting features such as the Emperor Fountain, which dominates the Canal Pond & can reach up to 290 feet.
Day 5: Bakewell - Matlock (11 miles)
Following the River Wye your journey South takes you through the Manners Estate, home to Haddon Hall. Haddon is one of the finest examples of a mediaeval manor house currently in existence in England. Next stop is Alport, which in recent times was voted Derbyshire’s prettiest village. Green fields & woodlands take you through another of the Peak Districts more interesting villages at Stanton in Peak, look out for the inscriptions on some of the older houses in the village! Here you will enter druid country & pass by the nine ladies stone circle, which is of significant archaeological importance. Another fine trail takes you to Darley Bridge where you join the Derwent Valley Heritage Way & follow the River Wye once again, past the Peak Railway and back to Matlock.
What the Price Includes
All our routes are along quiet country lanes & tracks (cycling) or Footpaths, tracks, bridleways & country lanes (walking). Routes are designed to take you to the most interesting attractions, picturesque villages & outstanding scenery the Peak District has to offer.
Our detailed maps and route notes ensure easy navigation & take you to the best cafes & pubs. Opening times, telephone numbers & general details are provided for all the places you will pass, allowing you to plan lunch stops, rest stops etc.
Our routes have been designed to keep away from the main roads, avoid killer hills & to take in the nicest & most unspoilt parts of the Peak District.
Most places you will stay are small family run B&B's, country pubs & guesthouses. If you would like a single room please book early as single rooms are often limited.
Local knowledge is invaluable when choosing good accommodation & all the places you will stay have been carefully selected on grounds of location, character, friendliness of the staff and cleanliness.
All prices are per person based on 2 people sharing either a twin or double room. If you would like to book a single supplement please state this on the booking form & we will contact you to discuss prices & availability.
Bikes & Equipment
Our bikes are either Dawes Discovery hybrid/trail bikes or Dawes XC 1.4 or 1.6 24 gear mountain bikes if you prefer.
All bikes come fully serviced, clean & in excellent condition. We have a choice of sizes to ensure you get a bike which is right for you.
All bikes come fitted with handlebar bags which allow you to carry camera, wallet, snacks etc. All bikes also come fitted with water bottle holders, cycle computer, bell, map holders, rear pannier & also puncture repair kit, pump, multi tool, locks & helmets are provided.
Your are provided with historical information about all the towns & villages you will pass through, interesting facts about the area and all relevant information about the attractions & amenities nearby.
Emergency Backup number
In the unlikely event that you have any problems you have that piece of mind to know that we are always only a phone call away. It doesn't happen very often but it's reassuring to know that we will come to rescue you if required.
Luggage Transfer Option
If you chose the luggage transfer option we will pick your bags up in the morning & deliver them to your next overnight stop so that they are waiting for you when you arrive. This allows you to travel light & not worry about carrying all your things with you each day.
A reasonable level of fitness is required on all tours. You don't need to be super fit but there are a few hills on all tours – this is the Peak District! Obviously the ability to ride a bike is essential.
Easy : 10 - 20 miles of almost flat cycling but a few small hills.
Moderate : 15 - 25 miles of undulating tracks & country lanes with 2-3 longer hills.
Hard : 20 - 40 miles with a number of difficult hills.
Start Location & Dates
All tours depart on any day of the week subject to accommodation availability.
Most tours are designed so that you start from a Location with good rail links and travel by public transport is recommended.
The weather in the Peak District can be very changeable so it is always advisable to come prepared. Check the weather forecast before departing on any ride & always take suitable clothing & equipment as necessary.
All bikes are serviced after every ride, however problems do occasionally occur. In the event that you are unable to fix your bike you can always call our emergency back up line & we will come to meet you & either fix your bike or bring a new one for you.
You are provided with spare inner tubes, pumps & puncture repair kits. Although it doesn't happen often punctures can happen at any time so it is important that you know how to fix one (or find someone who can). Everything you need & detailed instructions are provided so you can fix punctures for yourself.
Peak Tours does not accept liability for any accidents which may occur whilst you are out on your ride. Please exercise due care & attention at all times to avoid any accident or injury to yourselves or anyone else.
To book a tour please send a completed booking form & Peak Tours will confirm your booking by email, and send you an invoice for (a) deposit of £50 per person on all holidays or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 6 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 6 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.
In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a trust fund until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.
Cancellation by You
If you cancel your holiday the person who signed the booking form must notify us in writing and will be subject to the following cancellation charges from the date of receipt of your letter.
Notice of Cancellation Charge
|Length of time before the tour is due to start||Cancellation Charge|
|More than 42 days before start date||Deposit (£50 each)|
|29 – 42 days||35%|
|15 – 28 days||50%|
|Less than 14 days before start date||100%|
Cancellation by Peak Tours
In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a holiday you will be entitled to a full refund.
We strongly recommend that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your belongings while on holiday.
All prices are in Stirling (GBP) and are valid for 2015. Price includes everything as listed on the website and is based on 2 people sharing.
We reserve the right to cancel a holiday or offer an alternative date if there are not enough people on the tour. In the unlikely event this should happen we will notify you no later than 4 weeks before your departure date.
Bikes & Equipment
With the interests of safety we reserve the right to refuse bike hire to those who we do not consider to be competent cyclists. You are responsible for the care & safe keeping of any equipment you use which belongs to Peak Tours. You will ensure that bikes are securely locked to an immovable object when left unattended. In the event that the bike and/or any accessories are lost or stolen you shall indemnify us for the cost of replacing those items.
We will always do our best to ensure that your accommodation is within accordance to our advertising & your booking requirements. In some locations accommodation is limited & it may be necessary to change some of the details from those advertised or requested. We will notify you of any such alterations as soon as we can, offering alternative arrangements of at least equivalent standard.
We aim to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday & welcome feedback (positive or negative) on all aspects of our holidays so that we can continue to improve them. If you have any problems or are unhappy in anyway with any aspect of the holiday please call us at the earliest opportunity so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Any complaint made to Peak Tours after your holiday should be made in writing within 28 days of your return home.