Heart of the Peak

  • This unique tour combines some of the Peak District’s best known attractions with numerous hidden gems best discovered by bike. From the attractive spa town of Buxton to the more rugged crags around Stanage this tour takes you from the more gentle limestone hills of the White Peak through picturesque villages such as Youlgreave, Tideswell & Eyam to the glamorous surroundings of Chatsworth. The spectacular ridges around Castleton offer a different perspective as you venture further to the alpine slopes of the High Peak.

  • Arrival Day: Arrive Buxton
    Arrival at your hotel in the attractive spa town of Buxton with time to explore this charming town, the highest market town in England.

    Day 1: Buxton – Monsal Head (26 or 31 miles)

    Travelling south along the Pennine Cycleway you will pass Arbor Low Henge, a Neolithic Stone age circle known locally as ‘Stone Henge of the Peak’. Peddling through attractive villages such as Middleton & Youlgreave to will pass through the Chatsworth Estate with a chance to pay a visit to the opulent house & gardens. You will have the chance to visit Bakewell, an attractive stone built town famous for its Bakewell Tart or ‘pudding’ as it is known locally or take the longer route through a number of attractive limestone villages past Hassop Hall before arriving at Monsal Head. The Monsal trail from Bakewell provides a flat, traffic free bridleway to your overnight stop at the spectacular viewpoint of Monsal Head.

    Day 2: Monsal Head – Castleton (25 miles)
    Travelling along the River Wye today’s ride takes you through the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ Tideswell & on through Foolow to the infamous plague village of Eyam. A difficult climb out of Eyam takes you to the fantastic ridge with fine views over both valleys below. Cycle through the pretty hamlet of Abney before an amazing sweeping 4 mile descent to the historic village of Hathersage, made famous by Jayne Eyre in her classic novels. Pass through Hope into the valley most notably known for its spectacular cave systems. Nestled beneath the ruins of the Norman Peveril castle and with a number of traditional purveyors of ale, Castleton makes an ideal stop for the next 2 nights.

    Day 3: Upper Derwent Reservoirs ride (18 or 28 miles)
    Your ride this morning takes you through the Hope Valley towards the Upper Derwent Valley Reservoirs. Situated amongst forested banks of pine beneath the surrounding high moorland this enjoyable ride has a distinctive alpine feel. Made famous by the 617 Dambusters Squadron the reservoirs blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape and the gently undulating route provides an excellent introduction the area. The afternoon is free to visit the caverns, walk along one of the many fantastic routes available or simply relax & spend some time in this charming village.

    Day 4: Castleton – Buxton (14 or 22 miles)
    Quiet country lanes take you away from Castleton through Bradwell to pass by Peak Forest to Peak Dale & back to Buxton in time for lunch in one of the many cafes or restaurants on offer.

  • Fantastic Routes

    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.

    Accommodation

    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.

    Local Information

    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.

    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.

  • Booking

    To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 10 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours 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 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

    Cancellation by Us

    In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

    Cancellation by You

    If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.

    Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

    Length of time before the tour is due to start Cancellation Charge
    More than 60 days before start date Deposit
    Less than 60 days before start date 100%

    Cooling Off Period

    If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

    Accommodation

    B&B Option – double or twin

    If you chose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a 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 actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. 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.

    Single Room Option

    If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

    Sole Use of a Double room Option

    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.

    YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

    This option is only available for the 14 day LEJOG tour. If you chose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in single sex dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

    Support

    On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back up van each day. Tours with 8 – 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back up van and the other guide cycling with the group or both guides driving a back up van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.

    Cycle Hire

    If you choose the cycle hire option you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like you use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling. Please see the additional cycle hire sheet for details of the bikes we have available.

    Minimum Number

    If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

    Consumer Protection

    In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

    Insurance

    It is compulsory 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 bike or belongings while on holiday.

    EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

    This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC

    Safety

    Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity & the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.

    Contract

    By signing your booking form you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary & any information supplied to you.

  • Our hosts were all very friendly and Stan was a pleasure to deal with. The route had just the correct amount of difficulty for us, challenging at times. We always went with route 2. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Even managed to ride up Winnats Pass out of Castleton as an extra, stopped twice for a brief rest.

    Jeff and Cate Collier Heart of the Peaks 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyable and physically challenging! We liked the fact that much of the route had very limited traffic. Would be happy to stay at any of the accommodation again.

    Tim Towler Heart of the Peak August 2014

    We loved the Peak District & were most grateful for your efficient back up assistance - we couldn't have done it without you.

    Hilary Heart of the Peak April 2010

    It was a very good experience & enjoyed by all. The planning, maps & directions given were ideal to enable an enjoyable time to be had.

    JT Heart of the Peak September 2008

    I just wanted to reiterate our complete satisfaction with all aspects of out holiday. We had an absolutely wonderful time, and are already talking about repeating the experience next year.

    Denis Casey Heart of the Peak July 2009

    Overall the service from start to finish has been first class and I would have no hesitation in recommending Peak Tours as a good value, customer focussed holiday provider.

    AG Heart of the Peak July 2008

    A fantastic holiday from start to finish – thank you!

    DT Heart of the Peak April 2008

From: £240.00