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.

  • Arrival Day: Arrive Hathersage
    Arrive at your accommodation in the historic village of Hathersage.

    Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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.

  • 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.

    Heart of the Peaks 2015

    This was our first walking holiday and we had a great time even with hard rainfall day the last day. It was great to have someone else sort the accommodation, route and transportation of luggage. We also spoke to other hikers and found Peak Tours to be very reasonably priced compared to what they had paid. Everything was perfect for our break, a big thank you!

    Glacial Gorges 2015

    We had a really good time, stan was very efficient transporting the bags. Alan Richmond ay Sheriff Lodge baked Gluten Free bread specially, which was the best I have ever tasted. All the B&Bs put themselves out for my dietary requirements.

    Glacial Gorges Walking Tour 2015

    The Plough Inn at Hathersage had lovely rooms and excellent food and parking. We got a warm welcome from Chloe, what lovely staff!  Great accommodation, great routes and a lovely weekend, Thank you.

    Peak District Rivers and Ridges Walking Tour 2015

    We thoroughly enjoyed our Bike Tour holiday, as before. The bikes were excellent as provided with bag, map holder, bike computer and bottle holder.

    Stanage edge, Ladybower and Castleton 2015

    The Glacial Gorges route is excellent which gave us the opportunity to walk on the limestone way, along rivers and dales, across fields as well as visiting small villages en route. We loved everything about the tour! We had fantastic walks every day, stayed in some great places and have gotten a wonderful impression of this small part of Derbyshire that we explored. All very well organised and it was good to read the notes and learn something about where we were going.

    Glacial Gorges July 2015

    Returned yesterday from our 5 day High Peak Rambler Tour and wanted to convey our thanks for what was undoubtedly one of our finest weeks of walking. From Initial enquiry to the final day’s walk were so impressed by the helpfulness and friendliness of Peak Tour staff, the extremely comprehensive walking pack received and excellent accommodation and welcoming B&B hosts. A fantastic operation indeed and one which we would have no hesitation in recommending.

    High Peak Rambler July 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.

    Heart of the Peak August 2014

    Overall, excellent.fantastic routes, very good value.

    High Peak Rambler August 2014

    Great couple of days walking. Easy to follow directions. Would highly recommend and will use Peak Tours again.

    August 2014 August 2014

    Thank you for a lovely holiday. Very well organised. very friendly service - would book another tour.

    Rivers & Ridges August 2014

    An excellent tour. A big thank you to Stan for organising the transfers.

    High Peak Rambler July 2014

    Excellent.Good variety of scenery and interesting to have historical notes about the places we visited. Well supported and the transfers worked really well. Thank you!

    Glacial Gorges May 2014

    Excellent - couldn't fault it and will be recommending you to friends for sure. Thank you!

    Peak Family Tour April 2014

    An excellent tour. The route information was the best we have ever had in terms of quality and clarity.

    Pure Peak District April 2014

    Accommodation excellent, amazing landscapes. Super - looking forward to another tour!

    Chatsworth House & Millers Dale May 2014

    All parts of the tour were excellent and I would recommend Peak Tours to others without hesitation.

    Great tour overall, excellent challenge. Lovely B&B keepers – you could not ask for nicer places in lovely villages. My husband and I (68yrs and 72yrs) believe we have qualified for our Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award!

    Rivers & Ridges June 2014

    We’d definitely go on another tour. The cycle routes and walks went through some lovely landscapes and the B&Bs were great to stay at. Collecting the bikes and luggage went smoothly. Thanks very much.

    Pure Peak District June 2014

    Excellent value for money. All parts of the tour were excellent and I would recommend Peak Tours to others without hesitation.

    Rivers & Ridges May 2014

    Amazing landscapes, beautiful houses – Chatsworth estate was absolutely divine. Most enjoyable! Super – look forward to another tour!

    Pride & Prejudice Country May 2014

    Wonderful accommodation and thanks to Stan for his wonderful service. Would seriously consider a similar tour next year.

    One Foot in the Dales May 2014

    We loved the variety & the amazing view points. Couldn't be better & looking forward to the next tour.

    Limestone Peak - YHA June 2011

    Great value for money. Very well organised. Would definately recommend & do again.

    The Ultimate Peak District Tour July 2011

    We found the YHA very comfortable with great surroundings. Simon says 'best pub garden he's been in for a while'.

    YHA Family Tour - 3 nights August 2011

    We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hostels. We really enjoyed it - good value for money.

    Fields & Dales August 2011

    We thoroughly enjoyed each days walk and thought we saw some lovely parts of the Peak District

    Glacial Gorges September 2011

    This is an excellent tour & we will definately be booking again.

    Stanage Edge, Ladybower & Castleton July 2011

    Very good for the family with younger riders/those who haven't been on a bike for ages. It was just about the right length & the directions were excellent.

    Fantastic value for money and I would recommend it to anyone looking to do some exercise and see the area. Bikes were delivered promptly & luggage collected & transported without any fuss. Everyone involved - tour staff & B&B owners were all very helpful & friendly - a great 3 days, thank you!

    Peak Family Tour September 2011

    We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and sre recommending it to everyone we know. Your attention to detail is outstanding and you obviously love the Peak District.

    Villages & Dales April 2011

    We really enjoyed the whole weekend & re discovered the Peak District which we have neglected over the years. We will be back!

    Historic Villages & Alpine Trails May 2011

    We all enjoyed the tour very much - the routes & accommodation were all great, thank you!

    Peak Family Tour May 2010

    I fell in love with the Peak district, not only the beauty of the landscape but this was the first time I visited England (and I go often) when I found very friendly and hospitable people. All the walks were great, all the accommodations were excellent and friendly and more importantly very comfortable. Everything was just perfect.

    Glacial Gorges June 2010

    The bikes were excellent, well maintained and efficient gearing & the computers were a nice touch. We had a great time & will use Peak Tours again.

    The Limestone Peak April 2010

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

    Heart of the Peak April 2010

    Superb, exactly what we wanted & more, many thanks.

    Glacial Gorges March 2010

    Extremely good value. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the time at Chatsworth was a nice added extra to the walking. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those not experienced in walking holidays.

    All B&B's were clean, comfortable with lovely hosts/esses. A good breakfast set us up for the day! All were easy to find within easy distance of other amenities.

    Glacial Gorges October 2009

    Just wanted to thank you for a cracking walking weekend, we all had a fantastic time - the walks which you suggested were superb and we were even blessed with blue skies and light to non-existent winds! Thanks also for the maps and additional 'general interest' stuff.

    The Millstone was great and the staff really friendly. We even won the quiz night on the Friday night!

    All in all a great and memorable weekend. Thanks again and either as a group or as individuals/families we will be in touch again regarding walking /cycling holidays in this beautiful area.

    Rivers & Ridges Sept 09

    The tour was great, we really enjoyed exploring the area. I'd be keen to see more of the Peak District by bike.

    Historic Villages & Alpine Trails Aug 2009

    A warm welcome was extended at each venue. Accommodation was clean & comfortable and a full breakfast was available.

    The route was excellent & the mileage helped us guage exactly where we were. We thoroughly enjoyed our cycle tour and found the background notes very helpful. I would recommend your company to others without hesitation.

    Peak Family Tour July 2009

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

    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.

    Heart of the Peak July 2009

    Great mix of ups & downs. Good to avoid the busy roads. Fantastic scenery throughout. We had a great time – thank you! The tour pack was very informative & helpful

    August 2008

    Bikes were great & gears could take us up the hills. Had a great time & will recommend to anyone interested.

    The Limestone Peak August 2008

    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.

    Heart of the Peak July 2008

    Such an excellent vacation – we are really grateful for all your suggestions & guidance, you have great taste! (or we like similar things). The route materials provided and all the background information were really valuable. We are so satisfied and happy that we did one of your tours and wish you loads of success for the future!

    Historic Villages & Alpine Trails July 2008

    The volume & the quantity of the instructions plus the routes themselves really showed the level of involvement. We had the feeling that we “knew” hidden roads and shortcuts that other cyclists were unaware of – Thank you!

    July 2008

    Very detailed and helpful descriptions and excellent maps. Good idea with 2 alternatives, the shortest were suitable for us considering the weather & our training. A very good arrangement and well organised, we enjoyed it a lot.

    The Ultimate Peak District Tour July 2008

    Route was really enjoyable & the challenge of completing each day was great. A brilliant holiday, thoroughly enjoyable experience, turned good friends into great friends! We appreciated the personal touches in the service overall – felt that we were in safe hands and that everything had been thought of. Thanks!

    Limestone Peak - YHA June 2008

    Lovely place to stay, Smashing room & hospitality second to none, couldn’t have been better! We had a great time, good local information on where to eat etc.

    Historic Villages & Alpine Trails June 2008

    It was a great tour and the best way to see the Peak District. Really nice routes with fantastic views. Having the route highlighted on the map was very helpful. Thanks!

    High Peak Highlights April 2008

    A fantastic holiday from start to finish – thank you!

    Heart of the Peak April 2008

    Many, many thanks. The bikes were great as was the route map – we had a great time. Hope to use you again. A great service.

    Channel to the Med March 2008

    Thank you very much for organising everything. We had a very good time and the navigation was spot on. A really well planned & beautiful route.

    The Limestone Peak Sept 2007

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