Peak Family Tour

This tour is suitable for families because the majority of the route is along traffic free bridleways and the mileage each day is low. However this tour is suitable for anyone with limited cycling experience. Your first day takes you along the High Peak Trail to the ancient market town of Winster. Your second day in the saddle is mostly along quiet country lanes to the charming town of Ashbourne. Day 3 is almost entirely on bridleways back to your starting point.

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Arrival Day: Arrive Hartington
Arrive at Hartington & stay in either a family run B&B or Hartington Hall – The Peak Districts showcase hostel. Dating to the 17th century the hall features oak panelling, log fires and a bedroom where Bonnie Prince Charlie once slept.

Day 1: Hartington – Winster (14 miles)
Cycle along the superb gorge at Long Dale to Parsley Hay, where you join the Pennine Bridleway Southwards. You may chose to detour the short distance to Arbor Low, a Neolithic Stone Age circle known as ‘Stonehenge of the Peak’. Your journey South is along the flat traffic free bridleway of the High Peak Trail, which takes you to Elton, where you join a quiet country lane to Winster. This ancient village has some fine architecture throughout the village, most notably the Market House, owned by The National Trust. (14 miles – Approx 60% bridleways / 40% quiet country lanes)

Day 2: Winster – Ashbourne (18 miles)
Todays ride is mostly along quiet country lanes with a short section on the bridleway. You will pass green fields & farmland through the quiet hamlet at Aldwark to Longcliffe where you join the Pennine bridleway. Cycle along ‘The Midshires Way’ past Harboro Rocks to the fine viewpoint at Middleton Top, which makes a great place to stop for a break. Continue through Hopton to the banks of Carsington Water. Here you will travel by the banks of the reservoir which has a number of watersports facilities available & sailing, kayaking etc can be booked if desired. Continue along more peaceful roads through farmland to the attractive town of Ashbourne. (18 miles – Approx 30% bridleways / 70% quiet country lanes)

Day 3: Ashbourne – Hartington (13 miles)
Almost all of todays ride is along the traffic free ‘Tissington Trail’. You will have the chance to venture through Ashbourne tunnel if you dare! Tissington village makes a nice place to stop with its imposing hall, fine church, cafe’s & duckpond. If you pass through the village in the month of May you will have chance to see the spectacular folk art to comemorate the ancient festival of welldressing which dates back to 1350, or earlier. A number of fine views open up as you continue along the trail & pass through Biggin to join another bridleway back to Hartington. (13 miles – Approx 90% bridleways / 10% country lanes)

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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

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 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.

Kathryn Dransfield 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.

Val Prosser 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.

Kate Adams & Helen Evans 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.

Jennifer Biggin 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.

Tim Towler Heart of the Peak August 2014

Overall, excellent.fantastic routes, very good value.

Caroline Turk & Simon Brooks High Peak Rambler August 2014

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

JP & Kate Michaelski August 2014 August 2014

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

Julie Molyneux Rivers & Ridges August 2014

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

Julie & John Bowtell 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!

Lynda & Kate Glacial Gorges May 2014

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

Ben Sedley Peak Family Tour April 2014

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

Julie Escritt Pure Peak District April 2014

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

P Collier group Chatsworth House & Millers Dale May 2014

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

Alison Lowndes

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!

Margaret Wood 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.

Phil Ramsay 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.

Alison Lowndes Rivers & Ridges May 2014

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

Michele Christensen Pride & Prejudice Country May 2014

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

Graham & Elizabeth Jones 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.

KG Limestone Peak - YHA June 2011

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

MM 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'.

JT 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.

CM Fields & Dales August 2011

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

AR Glacial Gorges September 2011

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

MK 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!

SB 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.

SS 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!

MR Historic Villages & Alpine Trails May 2011

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

The Hayward Family 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.

Rosa Gambier 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.

A & R Carter 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.

Hilary Heart of the Peak April 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

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.

Dave Scarlett 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.

C & R 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.

SM 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.

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

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

WT August 2008

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

MS 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.

AG 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!

SS 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!

AH 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.

MK 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!

DF 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.

MJ 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!

MF High Peak Highlights April 2008

A fantastic holiday from start to finish – thank you!

DT 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.

MS, Cycle Hire 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.

RH The Limestone Peak Sept 2007

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