Derbyshire Dales

Set in the ‘White Peak’ area of the Peak District National Park, the Derbyshire Dales offer a wonderful diversity of scenery - tranquil wooded river valleys, high limestone pasture, spectacular limestone gorges and picturesque villages. The diversity, together with the generally excellent underfoot conditions, makes the Derbyshire Dales a superb base for a relaxing walking holiday.


View down into Dovedale on a summer day


One of our walks will visit Dovedale (made famous by Izaak Walton, the ‘father of angling’) where the sparkling river Dove twists and turns as it passes through narrow wooded gorges and below limestone pinnacles, and every corner reveals new delights. Other walks will visit the lesser-known, but equally beautiful, countryside of the Manifold Valley, Beresford Dale, Wolfescote Dale and Cressbrook Dale where wild orchids put on a splendid display in season.


Open countryside cross-crossed by stone walls. Wintery sun shining through grey clouds


The Derbyshire Dales are dotted with attractive stone-built villages, many of which are famous for the tradition of ‘well dressing’ where delicate tableaux are crafted from flower petals. Depending upon the grade and length of holiday chosen, the villages visited are likely to include Ashford-in-the Water, Ilam, Biggin, Youlgreave, Monyash, Foolow and the famous 'plague village' of Eyam.


Path through the lightly wooded valley of the River Dove


Unless you ask us to customise your trip, and choose alternative accommodation, your holiday in the Derbyshire Dales will be based at a comfortable family-run guest house in the attractive village of Hartington. Your room will have ensuite bathroom facilities and you will have a choice of continental or full English breakfast. Hartington has two inns and a hotel restaurant which serve food in the evening.

If you prefer hotel accommodation we can arrange a room at the excellent Biggin Hall Hotel, an historic country house hotel which is located in the tiny village of Biggin-by-Hartington, right at the heart of the walking. The hotel, which is a listed building and dates from the 17th century, offers well-appointed and tastefully furnished bedrooms, both in the main building and in a courtyard extension, and the restaurant, which overlooks the extensive gardens, serves good food with the emphasis on quality local produce. The additional cost for accommodation at Biggin Hall Hotel will depend upon the room type chosen and whether you wish to include evening meals in the hotel restaurant. 


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Travel information
Rail: Buxton or Derby (depending upon travel from the north or the south)
Onward travel: Public bus or taxi

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