This spectacular tour provides immense variety as you pass through some of the Peak Districts most dramatic scenery. A number of stunning ridge walks takes you through the Longshaw estate to the Chatsworth estate & onto Bakewell. The walk from Monsal Head through the limestone gorges of the Wye valley offers a distinct contrast to the rugged crags around Hathersage. Passing through Tideswell to the infamous village of Eyam provides further stunning views before venturing over to Castleton. Further ridge walks above the Hope & Edale valleys provide fantastic vistas before completing this memorable tour.
Arrival Day: Arrive Hathersage
Arrive at your accommodation in Hathersage. With easy access to Sheffield & the M1 Hathersage is an attractive village overlooked by a line of Gritstone Edges.
Day 1: Hathersage – Baslow (11 miles)
Start your journey with a walk to Higger Tor & the remains of the Iron Age fort Carl Wark which offers splendid vistas over the Hope Valley. Further down the trail pass the vertical face of Burbage Rocks before dropping to the Longshaw Estate, presented to the National Trust by the Duke of Rutland in 1927. Continue past a succession of gritstone edges including Froggatt, Curber & Baslow, looking out over the Chatsworth Estate. Pass Wellington’s monument before your final descent into Baslow, standing at the northern gates to Chatsworth.
Day 2: Baslow – Monsal Head (11 miles)
Amble through the impressive Chatsworth Estate with a chance to visit the opulent house & gardens. Often referred to as ‘Palace of the Peak’ Chatsworth is without doubt one of the finest of great houses in Britain. A walk through Manners Wood, part of the Haddon Estate provides an opportunity to visit another of Britain’s great houses, Haddon Hall. The 16th century terraced gardens are thought by many to be the most romantic in England. Passing through Bakewell, known for its delicious pudding you will arrive at one of Derbyshires prettiest villages Ashford in the Water. The walk to Monsal Head provides superb views across the Wye valley & the picture postcard scenery of Monsal Dale.
Day 3: Monsal Head – Eyam (12 miles)
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 ‘Cathederal of the Peak’ Tideswell, known for its magnificent 14th century church of St John the Baptist. On through pretty Litton you will pass through the dramatic gorge at Cressbrook Dale before strolling through Silly Dale to Foolow & onto the infamous plague village of Eyam. Eyam is also home to Eyam Hall, a wonderful, unspoilt 17th century manor house that is now open to the public.
Day 4: Eyam – Castleton (9 miles)
Climb to Bretton which offers marvellous panoramic views over the area. Stroll past Abney Low to the isolated hamlet of Abney before passing Robin Hoods Cross to Bradford Dale. Join the Limestone Way at Old Moor before descending past the 11th century Peveril Castle into Castleton. Situated at the head of the Hope Valley Castleton is a popular place surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Day 5: Castleton – Hathersage (11 miles)
Leaving Castleton behind you will pass by the base of Mam Tor before reaching the spectacular viewpoint at Hollins Cross. A fine ridge walk along ‘The Great Ridge’ offers fantastic panoramic views over the both the Hope & Edale valleys below. Yet more impressive vistas lie in wait as you reach the summit of Win Hill & look out over the Derwent valley, Ladybower reservoir & Stanage Edge. Descending through attractive pine woodland you will reach the Derwent Valley Heritage Way which takes you along the banks of the River Derwent the rest of the way to Hathersage.
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 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.
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 6 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 42 days before start date Deposit Less than 42 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.