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Escorted Britain Walking Tours 3, 4 and 7 nights

The Walks
We have British walking tours every week March through October throughout Britain, graded for different levels of activity. Walking vacation packages in Wales, and travel packages to Scotland. We have two types: Escorted (guided) and self-led. They are all Country House Based, staying at one hotel for the whole length of time . All holidays have been designed by WALKERS FOR WALKERS. Our group walking tours of England are guided by experienced leaders


Stay at a country house hotel, and take interesting forays into the countryside. We walk some of England’s most stunning footpaths in varying terrains. Come discover why Britain is a nation of walkers, and why the best way to experience the diverse landscapes, history, and the people is on a walking vacation.

Locations: Choose from 18 magnificent locations English Walking Tours:

    • North East Coast- Whitby, Alnmouth
    • Lake District – Derwentwater, Comistonwater
    • Yorkshire Dales – Malmadale, Sedbergh
    • Heart of England – Cotswolds (Bourton on the Water), Church Stretton (Shropshire Hills), Dovedale,
    • Southern England – Lulworth (Dorset), Abingworth, Freshwater Bay,
    • Devon & Cornwall– Selworthy (Exmoor National Park),  Haytor (Dartmoor National Park),  St. Ives, Isles of Scilly
    • East of England

Choose from 4 glorious locations in Scotland: Glencoe (Western Highlands), Isle of Arran (Islay & Jura), Island Hopping in the Hebrides (the Isles of Skye, Raasay, the Uists, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay), Island Hopping on Orkney & Shetland. Choose from 2 locations perfect for the mountains Wales Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia


CotswoldsAccommodation
We have carefully selected a mixture of comfortable 3/4/5 star country house/hotel accommodation perfect for those which are more comfortable with private bath. All have good boot and drying room facilities, tea and coffee makers and dining room service. Our daily social program includes an informal house party atmosphere, great for making new friends. You spend your whole stay in one property. The settings are varied, illustrating the surrounding beauty and diversity of the countryside.

Conwy WalesCountry House Based: You stay at one country house hotel for your entire stay. Most 1 week tours offer walks on 5 days during the week, departing at 9:30AM and spending about 5-7 hours walking, including stops. Wednesday is a free day, allowing you to do what you want, or to rest. The walks are categorized from short to long or from low to high level terrain, so there is something to suit every taste on each departure. The length of each days' walks depends on the level chosen, but can range from 2-12 miles or more. Our most popular British guided walking holidays offer you a choice of up to three lengths of walks each day, we call them Classic Walking Holidays. An easier walk and harder walk and one in between, perfect for those vacationing together with different walking tastes. You can walk with one party level one day, and switch to another the next - it's entirely up to you.You don't have to stick to the same level throughout the week. You need not walk every day, if you don't want to.

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Walking in EnglandWalking in a group: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new clients and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of couples, friends and people travelling alone. All our walks leaders are experienced, mostly enthusiasts who provide thoughtful, safe and informative leadership at all times.

Meals: After a full breakfast we generally start the day at 9.30am taking a self-select picnic lunch and returning to the Country House hotel between 5.00pm and 6.30pm, in time for a relaxed three-course evening meal.

Dates
One week tours start in Britain on Saturday and end on Saturday. If you are including air from the U.S.A., you would leave the U.S.A. on Friday, and return on Saturday. Some locations have 3 and 4 night walking tours, too.

We will provide you with directions to your country house. Tenby Wales
What's Included:

  • -Accommodations for 7 nights Saturday-Saturday, including private bath/shower. All locations are available every week. Extra nights may be available. Start dates for shorter tours vary. Some locations have 3 and 4 night walking tours, too.
  • -Breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea daily. Picnic lunches on walking days. ALL meals - freshly cooked English breakfast, our famous picnic lunch selection (unless otherwise stated), excellent evening meal with coffee/tea and after dinner mints
  • -Full time guide
  • -Transport to and from your walk each day, if needed.
  • -Complimentary tea and coffee in all bedrooms
  • -All taxes (Value Added Tax VAT)
  • -Detailed itinerary describing the walking program you've booked to whet your appetite for the walking ahead. After a full English breakfast we generally start the day at 9.30am taking a self-select picnic lunch and returning to the Country House accommodation between 5.00pm and 6.30pm, in time for a relaxed three-course evening meal.
  • -Essential gear checklist compiled by our walking expert to help you take the right gear. On all of our walking holidays all you need to carry is a light daypack containing your lunch, water bottle, waterproofs and any other personal items you might need during the day. Hiking boots required.
  • -Full program of day and evening activities
  • -Train transfers are available from all major cities at an additional cost. Train tickets cannot be confirmed until 60 days before departure. Plan to arrive after 12 noon.
All prices are in US dollars, based on twin or triple occupancy. A few single rooms are available. Book early.

British Walking tours country house based. ALL AREAS HAVE TOURS EVERY SATURDAY. JUST PICK YOUR LOCATION. Some locations have 3 and 4 night walking tours, too.

Cotswolds walking tourThe Cotswolds Walk the historic footpaths of England’s charming Cotswolds region, well known for its gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), historic market towns, where time has stood still for over 300 years. The Cotswolds are famous for all that is quintessentially English, with golden stone villages, handsome manor houses, rolling cornfields and green valleys. Our guided classic walking holidays are perfect for beginners allowing you to discover this most English of landscapes. There are village-to-village walks as well as delightful paths through woodlands, meadows and across the Cotswold plateau. The Cotswold Way provides some of the most scenic walking with medieval churches, country estates, ancient sites and Roman villas. You'll be based in our fine Country House hotel, Harrington House, in the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

BY RAIL: To Moreton-in-Marsh station, about 2 hours from London. Visit thetrainline.com for train information and to book tickets. Transfer to House: (8 miles).

These rates are shown for one English walking tour location. Prices are similar for walking travel packages to all locations in England, Scotland, and to Wales
Date Nights USD
Monday, February 09, 2015 4 863
Friday, February 13, 2015 3 693
Monday, February 23, 2015 4 863
Friday, February 27, 2015 7 1425
Friday, February 27, 2015 3 693
Monday, March 02, 2015 4 863
Friday, March 13, 2015 3 693
Friday, March 13, 2015 7 1425
Monday, March 16, 2015 4 863
Friday, March 20, 2015 7 1425
Friday, March 20, 2015 3 693
Monday, March 23, 2015 4 863
Friday, March 27, 2015 3 693
Friday, March 27, 2015 7 1425
Monday, March 30, 2015 4 863
Friday, April 03, 2015 7 1794
Friday, April 03, 2015 3 861
Monday, April 06, 2015 4 1112
Friday, April 10, 2015 7 1641
Friday, April 10, 2015 3 789
Monday, April 13, 2015 4 1016
Friday, April 17, 2015 7 1641
Friday, April 17, 2015 3 789
Monday, April 20, 2015 4 1016
Friday, April 24, 2015 3 789
Friday, April 24, 2015 7 1641
Monday, April 27, 2015 4 1016
Friday, May 01, 2015 7 1878
Friday, May 01, 2015 3 861
Monday, May 04, 2015 4 1112
Friday, May 15, 2015 7 1794
Friday, May 15, 2015 3 861
Monday, May 18, 2015 4 1112
Monday, May 25, 2015 4 1112
Friday, May 29, 2015 7 1794
Friday, May 29, 2015 3 861
Monday, June 01, 2015 4 1112
Friday, June 05, 2015 3 861
Friday, June 05, 2015 7 1794
Monday, June 08, 2015 4 1112
Monday, June 15, 2015 4 1112
Friday, June 19, 2015 7 1794
Friday, June 19, 2015 3 861
Monday, June 22, 2015 4 1112
Friday, July 03, 2015 3 861
Friday, July 03, 2015 7 1794
Monday, July 06, 2015 4 1112
Monday, July 13, 2015 4 1112
Friday, July 24, 2015 3 861
Monday, July 27, 2015 4 1112
Friday, July 31, 2015 3 861
Monday, August 03, 2015 4 1112
Friday, August 07, 2015 3 861
Friday, August 07, 2015 7 1794
Monday, August 10, 2015 4 1112
Friday, August 21, 2015 7 1794
Friday, August 21, 2015 3 861
Monday, August 24, 2015 4 1112
Friday, August 28, 2015 7 1794
Friday, August 28, 2015 3 861
Monday, August 31, 2015 4 1112
Friday, September 04, 2015 7 1794
Friday, September 04, 2015 3 861
Monday, September 07, 2015 4 1112
Friday, September 18, 2015 3 861
Friday, September 18, 2015 7 1794
Monday, September 21, 2015 4 1112
Friday, September 25, 2015 3 861
Friday, September 25, 2015 7 1794
Monday, September 28, 2015 4 1112
Friday, October 09, 2015 7 1641
Friday, October 09, 2015 3 789
Monday, October 12, 2015 4 1016
Monday, October 19, 2015 4 1016
Friday, October 30, 2015 3 693
Friday, October 30, 2015 7 1425
Monday, November 02, 2015 4 863
Friday, November 06, 2015 3 693
Friday, November 06, 2015 7 1425
Monday, November 09, 2015 4 863
Monday, November 16, 2015 4 863
Monday, November 23, 2015 4 863
  PER NIGHT
Twin/double premium rooms: 12
Single rooms: per night 20

Sample Tour:  Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds

Harrington Hall dates from Tudor times.  Built of Cotswold stone, it is quietly tucked away just 100 yards from the center of Bourton-on-the-Water.  This is one of the showpiece Cotswolds villages, 40 minutes from Oxford.  Within this most English of landscapes there are absorbing village to village walks, paths across the Cotswold plain.  On the way, you'll find medieval churches, country estates, and a wealth of prehistoric sites, burial mounds and Roman villas. Highlights include: Following the trail of Charles II's escape from Cromwell · The Cotswold escarpment between Broadway and Snowshill - a wonderful area for views. · A village-to-village hike along the Coin Valley from Bibury. · From Nettleton to the Duntisbourne villages via one of the watersheds of England. · The old capital of Mercia (Winchcombe) through Guitting Wood and via Sudeley Castle.

Guided Walking with Sightseeing at Bourton-on-the-Water Up to 5 miles with some ascent Each day’s guided walking and sightseeing will be selected from the following provisional program. Admission fees are not included in the cost of your holiday; please allow £30. If you have a National Trust card, remember to bring it along.
Upper and Lower Slaughter A gentle walk to what are probably the most visited villages in the Cotswolds – Upper and Lower Slaughter on the River Eye. The latter has simply built bridges and an old mill built in 1650 which was still in use up to the 1960s. The equally delightful Upper Slaughter, only two miles from the River Eye’s source, has one of the finest examples of Elizabethan domestic architecture in the Cotswolds with its gabled manor house and superb Lords of the Manor Hotel. From here we follow broad bridleways into the Windrush Valley near Aston Mill. Distance: 5 miles; mainly level walking with one 360 foot ascent

Hidcote Manor Gardens and Chipping Campden Hidcote is arguably where modern small garden design began. The horticulturist Lawrence Johnson created ‘outdoor rooms’ for different moods and lifestyles, color coordinated and teasing to the eye. After a morning visit we walk along the North Cotswold Diamond Way. The path crosses undulating farmland and woods, dipping into valleys before reaching the butter- and honey-colored houses of Chipping Campden, built over a period of five centuries, with the finest of the wool churches and its much-photographed almshouses. Distance: 4 miles and 120 feet of ascent From High Hawling to the Glove Maker’s Castle Hawling is on the Windrush Way, a long distance footpath crossing high open country. Another high footpath takes us over to the Wardens’ Way. This path descends by woodland and valley through the grounds of Sudeley Castle and on to Winchcombe, both of which we will explore. Distance: 5 miles

Along the Coln Valley from Bibury to Quenington We start our walk at Bibury, described by William Morris as the most beautiful village in England, and include the cottages at Arlington Row, now owned by the National Trust. We follow riverside, wood and meadow paths to Coln St Aldwyns, continuing to the pretty village of Quenington with its church which features two rare Norman doorways. Then on to Fairford to visit the famous church which has the only complete set of medieval glass in the country. Distance: 4½ miles and 260 feet of ascent
Stanway, Stanton, Laverton, Broadway & Batsford Arboretum We start at Stanway with its wonderful Jacobean gate, tithe barn, church and cricket pavilion. We continue along the Cotswold Way through Stanton to Laverton then on to Broadway. Via Fish Hill we continue to Batsford Arboretum, which is home to the most extensive private collection of trees and shrubs in Britain. Batford Park also houses the Cotswold Falconry centre and a garden centre with many unusual plants and trees. Distance: 5 miles with a few stiles and 180 feet of ascent

Short Walks are 5-7 miles, easy gradients. Medium Walks are 7-10 miles, undulating with gentle gradients.  Long Walks are 8-11 miles, 430-1740 ft ascent during the day. 


Cornwall Walking tourDevon & Cornwall
Cornwall Granite cliffs. Sandy beaches. New friends. Old fishing villages. Hidden coves. Abandoned tin mines. The artist colony f St Ives. Shared stories. The best coastal walking in Britain on the South West Coast Path. Your step-by-step journey to Cornwall starts here. Cornwall has England's most exciting and diverse coastline with dramatic granite cliffs, golden-sand beaches and old fishing ports. All are featured on our guided Classic Walking holidays. St Ives stands at the eastern end of Penwith, the granite peninsula that forms the big toe of Britain, with exhilarating cliff top walking right the way round past Land's End to Penzance. Cornwall offers a mix of old and new with Iron Age villages, futuristic Goonhilly Satellite Station and the world-famous biospheres of the Eden Project.

Special Offers for Solos A great deal for single guests – save on our twin for single occupancy bedrooms are often in demand, but for holidays in Britain. So if you haven’t reserved your single room yet, why not guarantee your place and treat yourself to a larger room ?


BY RAIL: To St Erth station. Visit thetrainline.com for train information and to book tickets. Transfer to House: (4½ miles). Taxi: allow £10 (£13-£14 before 10.00am) per journey (less if shared). Or to St Ives station (change at St Erth) Transfer to House: (½ mile). 10 minute walk (uphill). Taxi: allow £3.00 per journey (less if shared).


Lake District Lakeside paths. Famous hills. Unwind. Wooded valleys. Wainwright. Mountain tarns. Lake Poets. High waterfalls. Open moorlands. Unspoiled. Enjoy the Lake District National Park from the shores of Derwentwater. Beatrix Potter. Forest walks. Great views. Wordsworth. A cruise on a lake. Reaching the summit of The Old Man of Coniston. Ancient tracks Vibrant fishing villages.


dERWENTWATERTwo locations: Derwentwater With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location. The nearest station is at Penrith on the west coast main line between London and Glasgow. The 18 mile journey from Penrith station to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi or bus. Taxis cost £32 per journey - less if shared.

Highlights: The village of Buttermere and lakeshore path Whinlatter Forest Visitors Centre Castlerigg Stone Circle and Watendlath with the much photographed Ashness Bridge and a launch trip on Derwent Water Magnificent Aira Force Waterfall and the mansion of Dalemain near Ullswater

Ascent: Up to 5 miles with some ascent 50-200 ft. Each day’s guided walking and sightseeing will be chosen from the following provisional program. Admission fees are not included

Accommodation: With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location. Derwent Bank has 32 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Some of the rooms have views over the lake, whilst others face towards the mountains of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike. In addition, in the grounds there is the newly refurbished Coach House, a luxurious two bedroom apartment.


Conniston HallConistonwater Outstanding location overlooking Coniston Water, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains Ascend the mountain summits of the Old Man of Coniston, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes Walk by lakes and tarns and visit the Lakeland stone villages of Grasmere and Hawkshead. The nearest station is at Windermere. The 13 mile journey from Windermere station to Monk Coniston can be made by taxi or bus. Taxis cost approx £18 per journey - less if shared

Highlights: Cruise Coniston Water on the restored steam yacht “Gondola” Visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in Grasmere Walk by the River Esk and travel on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Walk through woodland to Hawkshead and visit Hill Top where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous stories


Ascent: Up to 5 miles with some ascent - up to 350 feet. Each day’s guided walking and sightseeing will be selected from the following provisional program. Admission fees are not included

Accommodation: As a historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With a most attractive Lake District setting, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday. Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house.

Southern Yorkshire Dales Hills and DalesThe Three Peaks of Yorkshire. Escape. Brontë moors. Massive cliffs. Cobbled streets. A famous railway. White drystone walls. Green meadows. Discover the Yorkshire Dales from their most famous landmarks. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is deeply rural, with stone-walled dales and an abundance of natural beauty, including wild flowers, waterfalls, scars, caves and limestone pavements. The Dales are home to a number of features for you to discover, such as the 250ft cliff of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Streams and quaint former lead mining communities are dotted throughout the beautiful valleys, while The Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen y ghent are extremely rewarding for the keen walker. The challenging long distance trail of the Dales Way offers a complete Dales experience.


The 7 mile journey from Skipton rail station to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. Taxis cost £14 per journey - less if shared.


OTHER YORKSHIRE WALKING LOACTIONS:
Sedbergh - Yorkshire
YorkshireEnjoy a half-day walk in the morning of 3 to 4 miles, returning to the comfort of your Country House after lunch. Although the distances and ascents are modest we aim to include the best scenery. Longer walks shown below. Holiday highlights: Pendragon Castle and along the Eden Valley Scout Scar high above Kendal and Sizergh Castle Smardale Gill Nature Reserve, managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust Dating from 1535, the small manor house of Thorns Hall retains its historic charm with wood-panelled public rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. Up to 4 miles with some ascent.
Each day’s half-day guided walking will be selected from the following provisional programme: Brigflatts and the River Rawthey Walking from Thorns Hall, we make our way down to the riverside at New Bridge. We follow the River Rawthey, through to the tiny hamlet of Birks, continuing along the river to the world famous Friends’ Meeting House at Brigflatts. After spending a little time there, we cross fields back to Birks before returning to Thorns Hall by way of the Sedbergh School grounds. Distance: 4 miles The Upper Eden Valley After an interesting drive along Garsdale and the Mallerstang valley we leave the coach near Pendragon Castle, supposed to be the birthplace of Uther Pendragon (father of Arthur of the Round Table) and now a ruin. Our route takes us along the upper Eden Valley passing the ruins of Lammerside Castle, before reaching Wharton Hall, the earliest fortified building still standing in the area. We continue to Stenkrith Bridge, where there may be the opportunity to go on to Kirkby Stephen. Distance: 3 miles Scout Scar and Helsington Church High above Kendal we make a short and gentle ascent to the summit of Scout Scar. From here we walk above a limestone escarpment enjoying glorious views across the Lyth valley to the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. We continue to the tiny church at Helsington and a short walk towards Sizergh Castle. Distance: 4 miles The Dales Way and Dent From Cross House we cross the river by Tommy Bridge and join the Dales Way, a long-distance footpath starting at Ilkley and finishing at Bowness-on-Windermere. We walk a small section of this path as far as Barth Bridge, passing below the village of Dent. We shall then return to Dent for lunch. The church, which was rebuilt in 1417, is worth a visit if there is time. The village also has links with Adam Sedgwick, the founder of modern geology, to whom there is a memorial stone. Distance: 4 miles Smardale Gill Nature Reserve We leave the coach at Newbiggin-on-Lune, a small limestone village in the shadow of the northern Howgill Fells. We follow a lane to Brownber before joining a track which was once the route of the Tebay to Darlington railway line. This leads into Smardale Gill, now a nature reserve managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. We cross a viaduct with spectacular views down into the Gill before walking back along an old quarry track to Smardale Bridge. From here we follow tracks and lanes to our starting point for the drive back to Thorns Hall. Distance: 4 miles By train The nearest station is on the main line between London and Glasgow. There are also direct trains to Oxenholme from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Manchester Airport

Longer Walks: Day 1: Arrival day Meet your leaders who will tell you more about the walks.
Day 2: The Howgill Fells and the Lune Valley Easier Walk: A circular walk from Sedbergh taking in the Dales Way to Lincoln’s Inn Bridge and returning across tracks and field paths via Brigflatts and Birks. 7½ miles with 400 feet of ascent. Harder Walk: From Bowderdale we take an undulating ridge over Westfell and Hazelgill Knott to the summit of The Calf, the highest point in the Howgills. We return to Sedbergh along the ridge spanning Calders, Arant Haw and Settlefellbeck Gill. 9 miles with 1,800 feet of ascent. If guest numbers permit, a Medium Walk visits Fox’s Pulpit, a rocky outcrop where Quaker George Fox preached. After viewing Lily Mere and Killington Reservoir, we return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey. 9½ miles with 650 feet of ascent.
Day 3: Mallerstang - myths and legends Easier Walk: Starting at the Thrang we enjoy walking in the Mallerstang and Eden Valleys to finish at the market town of Kirkby Stephen. Highlights include Pendragon Castle, Lammerside Castle and Wharton Hall. 7¼ miles with 475 feet of ascent. Harder Walk: Following a bridleway from Shaw Paddock to Hell Gill Bridge we ascend gradually onto Mallerstang Edge and over High Seat and High Pike Hill with fabulous views. We descend to Nateby and Kirkby Stephen. 10¼ miles with 1,425 feet of ascent. If guest numbers permit, a Medium Walk will go from Aisgill Moor along Lady Anne’s Way, past Hell Gill Bridge and the Thrang to Kirkby Stephen. 10½ miles with 200 feet of ascent.

Dovedale, Derbyshire in the Peak District
Walking in the countrysideEnjoy a half-day walk in the morning of 3 to 4 miles, returning to the comfort of your Country House after lunch. Although the distances and ascents are modest we aim to include the best scenery
The well dressing village of Tissington and Chatsworth Estate (They decorate water wells. It has nothing to do with what clothes they wear).
The Cromford Canal and Arkwright’s Mill
A walk around Victorian Buxton ·
Short walks: Up to 4 miles with some ascent · Each day’s half-day guided walk will be selected from the following provisional programme:
· The well dressing village of Tissington · Following the Tissington Trail along the disused track bed of the former Ashbourne to Buxton Railway to Tissington, we have time to explore the village. This attractive stone-built village is home to the well dressings which take place on Ascension Day. 3.5 miles with 225ft of ascent.
· Along the Cromford Canal · The Cromford Canal was opened in 1794 to link Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford to the canal network. The walk is along the towpath with plenty of time to look at the interesting flora and fauna. There is much of interest including Gregory Tunnel, Wigwell Aqueduct, Lea Wood Pumphouse and the Cromford and High Peak Railway workshops and visitor centre. 3.5 miles with negligible ascent.
· A walk around Victorian Buxton · From the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton we can view the Octagon Pavilion and Opera House, St John’s Church, the Palace Hotel and Paxton’s great fan window at Buxton’s Railway Station. The Spring Gardens bring us to the Old Thermal Baths and an opportunity to taste the health-giving spa water at St Anne’s fountain. After a short ascent of The Slopes we can see St Anne’s Church, one of the oldest buildings in Buxton. 2.5 miles and 200ft of ascent.
· Chatsworth Estate and Edensor · Leaving Baslow we walk through Chatworth Estate to view Chatsworth House, ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire. Descending gently to cross the River Derwent we visit the model village of Edensor where all the houses are built in different styles. It was built in 1839 when the original estate village was demolished because it spoilt the view from Chatsworth House. 2.75 miles with 175ft of ascent. · A tour of Aelfstan’s Field · Alstonefield is a picturesque village, high on the Staffordshire moorlands. Despite being around 1000 feet above sea level it was once under a warm tropical sea somewhere near the equator and fossils abound. After looking at the village’s early water supplies we follow good field paths to Narrowdale before joining a minor road at Hulme End back in Alstonefield. 3 miles with 175ft of ascent.

Longer walks: Up to 5 miles with some ascent. This provisional programme shows some of the finest natural scenery available in the Peak District with the minimum of coach travel. The walks will be leisurely and will allow sufficient time to also view places of architectural, historical and industrial interest. Admission fees are not included in the cost of your holiday; please allow £30. If you have a National Trust card, remember to bring it along.
-Alstonefield to Milldale via the River Dove We explore the village of Alstonefield, high on the Staffordshire moorlands before descending Sunny Bank and heading up to the scattered settlement of Stanshope. A pleasant descent of Hall Dale brings us to the River Dove and the towering limestone outcrop, Ilam Rock. We follow the river upstream to two large caves known as Dove Holes and arrive at the hamlet of Milldale with its picturesque Viator’s Bridge. Then to Shining Tor and we walk across fields high above the River Dove looking down to Lode Mill Bridge and Wolfscote Dale. Distance 4½ miles with 450 feet of ascent.
-Cromford, railway history, and Arkwright’s Mill We begin at Middleton Top Engine House on the disused Cromford and High Peak Railway, visiting the National Stone Centre. Continuing along the Cromford and High Peak Trail we pass the towering gritstone outcrop of Black Rock, popular with generations of rock climbers, before descending Sheep Pasture Incline to join the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction. Here is a visitor centre and old railway workshops with much original equipment. This is believed to be the oldest railway line in the world still in its original position. After a visit to the Lea Wood Pump House we continue along the canal towpath to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill. Distance 4 miles with negligible ascent.
-Below Birchen Edge to Chatsworth We cross the moor high above Baslow in northeast Derbyshire, below Birchen Edge and the more adventurous may enjoy the short ascent to Nelson’s Monument and his ‘Three Ships’ before we descend to the Chatsworth Estate and the Hunting Tower, high above Chatsworth House. A zigzag path through the woods brings us to Chatsworth House where we spend the afternoon visiting the House and gardens or the estate’s model village of Edensor. Distance 3 miles with 200 feet of ascent.
-Lathkill Dale to Bakewell From Middleton-by-Youlgreave we follow the infant River Bradford downstream before it merges with the larger River Lathkill at Alport. A walk up Lathkill Dale brings us to Raper Lodge which featured as ‘The Vicarage’ in the 1970 film of D H Lawrence’s novel ‘The Virgin and The Gypsy’, starring Franco Nero. Field paths bring us to Bakewell, the largest town in the Peak District National Park, famous for its Bakewell Pudding. Distance 4½ miles with 200 feet of ascent. Baslow Edge and the plague village of Eyam We return to the moors above Baslow passing Wellington’s Monument and the large Eagle Stone as we walk high on Baslow Edge to Curbar Gap. Here we can look down on the impressive Calver Mill which featured as Colditz Castle in the TV series ‘Return to Colditz’. We visit the plague village of Eyam, passing the boundary stone where money was left soaked in vinegar to be exchanged for food and other essentials for the beleaguered villagers. We may view the Magpie Mine high on the moors above Sheldon, which is the best-preserved 17th-century lead mine in Derbyshire. Distance 4 miles with negligible ascent.
-Newton House lies at the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, surrounded by rolling green fields. This 18th century former coaching inn has excellent walks from the doorstep, and is an excellent base for a walking or leisure activity holiday. By train From the south and east it is easiest to travel to Derby station. This is on the Midland main line between London and Sheffield and is also served by direct trains from Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Edinburgh. From the north-west it is quicker to travel to Buxton station – this is at the end of a branch line from Manchester

What to Bring:
Bring worn-in walking boots Waterproof jacket (with hood) Waterproof over trousers Spare sweaters or fleece (several thin layers are better than one thick layer) Thick and thin socks General outdoor clothing A small rucksack to carry spare clothing, food and drink

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