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.
Arrival Day: Arrive Matlock
Arrive at your accommodation in Matlock with time to explore this enchanting town.
Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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.
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.
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.
To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 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.
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.