The Ultimate Peak District Tour
This amazing tour starts in the historic High Peak village of Hathersage, nestling beneath a series of spectacular ridges and tors. A leisurely cycle to Castleton takes you around the alpine banks of the Upper Derwent Reservoirs, which blend in perfectly to the surrounding landscape. From Castleton you will continue through the historic village of Eyam before arriving at England's highest market town at Buxton, known for its rejuvenating Spa water. A fantastic trail south takes you through numerous historic limestone villages and through Derbyshire's best known dale, Dovedale, to Ashbourne. Your final day's ride to Matlock provides a fantastic end to this comprehensive tour.
Day 1: Arrive Hathersage
Arrive at your accommodation in the historic village of Hathersage.
Day 2: Hathersage - Castleton (16 or 26 miles)
From Hathersage you will pass through Bamford and cross the the Ladybower Reservoir to the Upper Derwent Reservoirs. This fantastic trail takes you round the banks of the Ladybower, Derwent & Howden Reservoirs, famous for being the place where 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron tested the bouncing bomb. The reservoirs blend in perfectly with the surrounding hills carpeted in alpine woodland. You will continue through the village of Hope to arrive at Castleton which has a number of fine country pubs, 3 show caverns & an 11th century Norman castle.
Day 3: Castleton - Buxton (14, 23 or 30 miles)
Once away from Castleton & Bradwell, quiet country lanes take you to the fantastic ridge at Bretton, before dropping down to the infamous plague village of Eyam. Continuing through Foolow & on past St. Peters stone you pass the picturesque village of Litton before arriving at ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ Tideswell. You will pass through the small farming villages of Wheston & Small Dale before dropping down into Buxton. You have a choice to take a slightly longer route after Wheston to include a number of other sleepy hamlets best discovered by bike.
Day 4: Buxton - Ashbourne (29 miles)
Cycling south from Buxton you will join the Pennine Cycleway, a flat traffic free bridleway which winds its way past delightful villages such as Hartington, famous for its magnificent 17th century hall, a fine example of a typical Peak District Manor Mouse. The village is also home to Derbyshire’s last remaining cheese factory which can still be bought from the dairy shop. You will continue to the spectacular limestone gorges of Dove Dale & the Swiss style cottages of Ilam, which is also home to the Gothic Manor House at Ilam Hall. Your final stop in Ashbourne, one of Derbyshire’s finest old towns has a wealth of Georgian architecture & interesting cobbled lanes to discover.
Day 5: Ashbourne to Matlock (17 or 25 miles)
Travelling along the southern section of the Pennine Bridleway takes you to the charming village of 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 & the 500 year old Tissington Hall which is a well worth a visit. Cycling away from the trail takes you along quiet country lanes through ancient Bradbourne to the banks of Carsington Water & on through Hopton to the fine viewpoint at Middleton Top. Continuing along the trail takes you to spectacular Black Rocks with amazing views over Matlock & Riber Castle. A great decent through more deciduous woodland takes down into Cromford & onto Matlock Bath & Matlock. If you make Matlock in good time you may wish to take the cable car at ‘The Heights of Abraham’ or simply relax & unwind at the end of your tour.
Day 6: Tour Ends or Matlock - Hathersage (20 miles)
You can take the train back to Hathersage or if you prefer you may wish to cycle back to Hathersage through the Chatsworth Estate, with a chance to visit the opulent house & gardens.
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 2013. 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.