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Chatsworth & the Peak District

Hathersage & Castleton
 
Explore the dramatic beauty of Britain's first National Park on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Stay in two typical Peak District towns, enjoy panoramic views across the moorland, and visit Chatsworth House and its beautiful gardens.
Chatsworth & the Peak District. 4 nights
Chatsworth & the Peak District. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Peak District

The Peak District was Britain’s first National Park and is, arguably, still the best, worthy of its status as the most popular. Within its boundaries lies a varied landscape where grand country houses and neat villages occupy lush valleys, while craggy edges mark the beginning of open heather moorland.
Linking two market towns typical of the area, this walk provides plentiful opportunities for you to discover the contrasting landscapes of ‘the Peak’, while enjoying warm hospitality at our hand-picked guesthouses.
Beginning in Hathersage, our route follows the River Derwent before rising to the summit of Win Hill, which rewards with spectacular views over the Upper Derwent Valley and Ladybower Reservoir. You then head off to your final destination in Castleton, taking in more stunning views from the hills as you make your way to the geological gems of Mam Tor and the Blue John Mines.
 

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The weather in the Peak District can be unpredictable, so pack for all weathers.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 6 6 9 12 15 19 20 20 18 14 9 7
    mm 71 57 62 59 58 58 52 62 58 60 70 73
  • Arrival in Hathersage
    Night 1: at The Plough Inn (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Hathersage: 16.5km (10.5 miles), 6 hrs
    For your first day, we provide a transfer to the Chatsworth Estate, from where you walk back to Hathersage. You are taken to the pretty estate village of Edensor, where each house is built in a different style – when the village was re-sited, the busy Duke of Devonshire simply ordered ‘one of each’ when it came to choosing the design of the houses! Take your time to explore before setting off towards the neat, landscaped parkland of Chatsworth House itself, seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Dating from the late 17th century, Chatsworth is one of Britain’s best-loved country estates and now houses famous works of art, a working farmyard and a spectacular cascade, as well as shops and places to eat. We thoroughly recommend you visit the house (pay locally).
    Your route back to Hathersage continues through the deer park along the banks of the River Derwent to the small town of Baslow. Here, you climb through bracken to reach the first of the gritstone ‘edges’ that characterise this region, enjoying an easy walk along Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges with rewarding views over heather moorland on your right and the wooded river valley on your left. A direct descent through woodland takes you to the village of Grindleford where you rejoin the Derwent to follow its banks to Leadmill Bridge on the outskirts of Hathersage.
    Circular walk from Hathersage: 16.5km
    Chatsworth House
  • Hathersage to Castleton: 17km (10.5 miles), 6.5hrs
    From Hathersage you have a gentle stroll through farmland and woods beside the River Derwent to the village of Shatton. Leaving the river behind, you rise to the summit of Win Hill which rewards with spectacular views over the Upper Derwent Valley and Ladybower Reservoir which was famously used by Lancaster bomber pilots while training for the Dam-buster raid – the film was also shot here in 1954. From Win Hill, you drop down to then ascend Lose Hill. The day ends with a descent into the town of Castleton for two nights at Dunscar Farm.
    Hathersage to Castleton: 17km
    On the route from Hathersage to Castleton
  • Circular walk from Castleton: 11km (7 miles), 4hrs
    For your final day we suggest a walk which enables you to complete the horseshoe of hills which surround Castleton. The walking is on well-trodden, clearly marked paths and affords the opportunity to visit one or two of the the famous Blue John caves en-route (named after the blue and yellow, or bleu-jaune, mineral discovered here) and Peveril Castle, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, at the end of the walk.
    Circular walk from Castleton: 11km
    Peveril Castle
 

Accommodation

Each of your bases offer a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation.
 

Extend your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 August 2020 - 31 October 2020 & 01 April 2021 - 31 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £398 £185
    1 - 27 Oct 2020 £385 £180
    1 - 30 Apr 2021 £385 £180
    1 May - 30 Sep 2021 £398 £185
    1 - 27 Oct 2021 £385 £180
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    Please note: this holiday is not available to children under 12 years, nor are dogs permitted on Inntravel holidays

    Included travel: transfer Castleton-Hathersage (if driving)

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    The Plough Inn, Hathersage
    'Luxury': 01 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £20
    'Luxury': 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2021 £20
    Superior: 01 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £8
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2021 £8

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    The Plough Inn, Hathersage (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £82 £130
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2021 £82 £130
    Dunscar Farm, Castleton (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £54 £79
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2021 £54 £79
    Add £18pn in a single room if staying in Castleton Friday or Saturday
  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - via Chesterfield

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Chesterfield station to hotel (1h) £12 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Chesterfield station (1h) £20 flexible

    Connecting travel options - via Sheffield

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Sheffield station to hotel (0h50) £12 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Sheffield station (0h50) £14 flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 picnics
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer back to first accommodation to pick up car
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, absolutely. Over the years, we have arranged a great many walking holidays in the UK for customers living in the USA, Canada, Australia and beyond.

    If you've never travelled with us before, it's worth reading the web pages which explain how we can cater for customers who live outside the UK. The main thing to bear in mind is that our tour operator's licence doesn't allow us to book flights that originate outside the UK, and nor are we able to book rail travel in the UK, so we can't make travel arrangements for you, other than pre-arranging taxis between the local railway station and the accommodation – see the ‘prices & travel options’ section for the options available.

    As regards entry requirements, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. Our essential travel information page provides links to websites where you can find out about the applicable requirements, along with general official travel advice.
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • We are happy to take bookings for families of teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved, but please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.

    At the request of some of the accommodation providers on this holiday, we are unable to accept bookings for children aged under 12.
  • Unfortunately not. The Inntravel team includes many dog owners, but the extra considerations – such as whether taxi firms accept dogs for transfers to the start of walks, whether routes cross private land on which dogs are not allowed, and proximity to a vet’s – would add another layer of complexity to what are already quite complex holidays.
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