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Experience the spectacular views and charming villages of the Peak District on this rail and walking holiday

Recognised as one of the UK's most stunning areas of natural beauty, the Peak District national park offers the perfect setting for this brand-new rail and walking tour. During your five-day trip, you'll explore the region's best sights on foot and by train, including the home of the famous tart, Bakewell and the magnificent Chatsworth Estate.

You'll walk along the River Dove and its spectacular valley on the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire, enjoy a stroll along the Monsal Trail, taking in old stations, railway tunnels and the Monsal Viaduct and walk from Chatsworth to Bakewell passing the home of the Duke of Devonshire. You'll also travel on the picturesque Ecclesbourne Velley Railway from Wirksworth to Duffield to take in the beautiful Peak District scenery by train.

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Price includes

  • Walk for 3.5 to 4.5 hours at an easy to moderate pace on three walking days
  • Ride on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
  • Explore Chatsworth, the market town of Bakewell and beautiful Dovedale
  • Spend four nights half board at the four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club
  • Enjoy a packed lunch on the three walking days
  • Coach transfers throughout, services of two qualified walking guides, services of our experienced Tour Manager

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Sep 6, 2021
To
Fri, Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Single supplement: £140. Deposit: £150. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. TS Tours is acting as agent for Arena Travel, please call on the number provided to book your place.

From
Mon, Mon, Apr 25, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Apr 29, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£595*

* Single supplement: £140. Deposit: £150. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. TS Tours is acting as agent for Arena Travel, please call on the number provided to book your place.

From
Mon, Mon, Sep 5, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Sep 29, 2022
Duration
25 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Single supplement: £140. Deposit: £150. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. TS Tours is acting as agent for Arena Travel, please call on the number provided to book your place.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    North Derbyshire
    Breadsall, United Kingdom

    Make your own way to the hotel in north Derbyshire, the four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club, the oldest Marriott in the world. Here you'll meet your Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    The Monsal Trail
    Wye Dale, United Kingdom

    After breakfast you'll head to Wye Dale and step onto the Monsal Trail. The Trail goes from Wye Dale to Bakewell and includes the former Midland railway line that linked Matlock to Buxton. Built in the 1860s, it ceased operating as a railway line in 1968, and by 1981, an eight-mile stretch was opened to pedestrians. There is plenty to see along this former railway line as you pass by old stations, former railway tunnels and the impressive Monsal Viaduct, which was a scenic highlight of the midland line. You'll complete your walk at Hassop station, which was originally built for the Duke of Devonshire and opened in 1862. Nowadays it's a busy location serving refreshments to those who have walked this wonderful trail.You'll return to your hotel by coach and enjoy a well-deserved dinner this evening.

    Moderation: Easy +
    Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours
    Distance: Approx. 8 miles
    (There is an option to shorten this walk and your tour manager and local guides will provide details if required).

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Chatsworth Estate to Bakewell
    Bakewell, United Kingdom

    You'll enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding your coach to Chatsworth Estate where you begin the walk, following the River Derwent towards Chatsworth House. Home to the Dukes of Devonshire for many generations, the land was purchased by Elizabeth and William Cavendish in 1549 for £600 and over the following generations, the house has transformed into what we see today.

    The route takes you away from the grand house towards Edensor. This delightful little village is linked to the Cavendish family, with St Peters Church being the main burial ground of the family. Continuing out of Edensor towards New Piece Wood, you'll be rewarded with scenic views back towards the Chatsworth Estate. You'll continue through Calton Pastures until arriving at Manner Wood where you'll descend towards Bakewell.

    Crossing the River Wye, you'll arrive into Bakewell, the only true town in the Peak District National Park. You will have plenty of time to explore this market town, and whilst here, why not try the famous Bakewell tart or the more traditional Bakewell pudding? Then you'll back to the hotel for an evening meal.

    Moderation: Easy-Moderate
    Duration: Approx. 3 hours
    Distance: Approx. 5 miles

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Walking in Dovedale & the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
    Dovedale, United Kingdom

    Today you'll visit the limestone countryside in the southern Peak District. After breakfast you'll travel by coach to Alstonefield where the walk begins. Head down to Milldale to join the path along the River Dove, which marks the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Dovedale is a beautiful limestone gorge in the river Dove Valley, and has become a National Nature Reserve due to the number of rare habitats and wildlife found here. This delightful riverside walk passes two caves known as Dove Holes, and travels over lover's leap.

    Following the river across meadows to Coldwall Bridge, pick up the Manifold trail that leads to Ilam Park. Owned by the National Trust Ilam Park has a small visitor centre and tearooms, the perfect conclusion to your walk. A coach will transfer you to Wirksworth station where you'll join the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Enjoy a picturesque rail journey from Wirksworth to Duffield, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Peak District. The coach will collect you from Duffield and return you to your hotel for a relaxing final dinner.

    Moderation: Easy +
    Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours
    Distance: Approx. 6.5 miles

    (There is an option to shorten this walk and your tour manager and local guides will provide details if required).

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Head home
    Breadsall, United Kingdom

    After a leisurely breakfast it is time for you to check-out of the hotel and make your way home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club

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Breadsall, United Kingdom

The oldest Marriott in the world

Steeped in rich history, the four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club dates back to 1266. Bordered by the natural beauty of the Peak District National Park, the hotel benefits from a gym with heated indoor pool, two golf courses and a relaxing spa. There are also two fantastic restaurants to choose from; offering fresh, locally sourced best of British dishes. Please note there is no lift at this hotel.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Sep 6, 2021
To
Fri, Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Single supplement: £140. Deposit: £150. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. TS Tours is acting as agent for Arena Travel, please call on the number provided to book your place.

From
Mon, Mon, Apr 25, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Apr 29, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£595*

* Single supplement: £140. Deposit: £150. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. TS Tours is acting as agent for Arena Travel, please call on the number provided to book your place.

From
Mon, Mon, Sep 5, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Sep 29, 2022
Duration
25 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Single supplement: £140. Deposit: £150. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. TS Tours is acting as agent for Arena Travel, please call on the number provided to book your place.

Call now to book 02039934304
Quote ref: HEARST PEAK RAIL