Glacial Gorges

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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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 startCancellation Charge
More than 60 days before start dateDeposit
Less than 60 days before start date100%

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.

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.


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.


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.

Data Protection

Please ensure you have permission from all people involved in the booking to give us their contact details. We take all reasonable precautions to ensure our customer’s data is kept safe and secure and only use the contact details we have to send information connected the booking and the occasional email newsletter. You can update your communication preferences with us at any time, please see our full privacy policy here.


By booking on a tour with us, 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.

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Parsons House accommodation and David were great. The quirky décor was fun and the breakfast filling.

Andrew Finch

Accommodation all very comfortable and excellent breakfasts. Made to feel very welcome by our friendly hosts.

Route very interesting. We enjoyed the variations of scenery with each days walk. The detours in to the villages were very worthwhile. The distances each day were ideal for our pace giving time to look at places of interest if we wanted to without feeling pressured for time, spot on! We appreciated ‘Stan our bag man’ making contact on the first morning which re assured us we would have our bags at our next night accommodation.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and can’t really think of any improvements, you seem to have got a good balance. We had amazing weather, so perhaps we were experiencing the walk at its best. However, had the weather been bad, I still think it would have been enjoyable, perhaps faster walking and more time spent in the pubs so conveniently placed along the way!

Jean Foster

Back home again following a fabulous 4 days on the Glacial Gorges walk. Yes, it was very hot at times, but with the varied terrane there was often a cooling breeze when up high, trees and water when down in the valleys, so it was not a problem. Villages at points when the water bottles needed filling.

All the accommodation was very comfortable and welcoming with breakfast that set us up for the day.

It was very reassuring to meet Stan on the Sunday morning, so we could set off knowing our bags would be at the B&B that night for us.

We were blown away by the scenery, we both live in stunning parts of the UK - N.Ireland & Shropshire so we are quite spoilt. The Peaks did not disappoint, the walk showed us so much variety up hill & down dale!

Beautiful villages and we appreciated all the historical and local information provided. It was exciting to recognise the picture on the front of the walk booklet when we got there and then to walk in that gorge.

Jean Foster

I have been on a variety of self-guided walking and cycling tours in both the UK and Europe with a number of different tour companies and I can sincerely say that Peak Tours has been one of the best. Both in terms of organisation, support material, selected routes and value for money. I really cannot find fault with any aspect of the tour. Honestly feel as if it had been created on a bespoke basis to my personal specification. Will obviously not be to everyone’s subjective taste but for me it could not have been any better for your perspective. Well done!


J McAra, Glacial Gorges 2017

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!

Tanya Wilson 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.

Hilary and Gerald Fox Glacial Gorges Walking Tour 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.

Kate Adams & Helen Evans Glacial Gorges July 2015

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!

Lynda & Kate Glacial Gorges May 2014

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

AR Glacial Gorges September 2011

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.

Rosa Gambier Glacial Gorges June 2010

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

Adam Cottis 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.

AG Glacial Gorges October 2009

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Luggage Transfer (single room)

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Luggage Transfer (group)

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Pay a deposit of £50.00 per person