River valleys, sun-dappled woodland and sociable walking in the southern Peak District
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Join us for a gentle walking weekend in this picturesque part of the Peak District. Staying in the grounds of Ilam Hall this weekend will offer just one walk on both Saturday and Sunday. This will be a gentle amble through some of the best local scenery. This weekend is perfect for new members or regulars looking for a more sedate walking weekend.
The southern half of the Peak District is a landscape of rolling hills and serene valleys, with ancient woodlands coating the slopes above crystal clear rivers. It’s the perfect place for a sociable weekend away, and with this trip, based in a small cosy stone bunkhouse in the countryside, you’ll certainly be able to escape for the weekend.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the green and pleasant southern Peak District around Ilam on two days of relaxing guided walks.
- Relax in the splendour of our accommodation, a bunkhouse on the Ilam Park estate, home to a beautiful stately home.
- Make new friends and enjoy exploring the countryside while we worry about navigation and food.
- Look out for wildlife, photograph the stunning valleys, and enjoy seeing a part of the country you may never have thought of going to before.
- Friday 16th August – Sunday 18th August
The evening is your chance to relax into the beautiful surroundings while we prepare dinner, which will be served at 8pm. After that we’ll go through the final plans for the next day.
After a leisurely breakfast at 8am and time to make packed lunches, we’ll head out on our day’s walk. We’ll be walking together for the day, and there’s some fantastic scenery right on the doorstep, so no need to drive.
From Ilam, we’ll head into Dove Dale, a steep-sided valley covered in woodland and surrounded by limestone cliffs and caves. Our route is a gentle wander up the bottom of the valley alongside the river, admiring the scenery including the distinctive grassy hill of Thorpe Could and even a natural rock arch.
Once through Dove Dale, we’ll cross the fields on farmland tracks and head back to the bunkhouse with views of the River Manifold. Once back at the bunkhouse the afternoon is yours to explore the grounds, or relax with a cup of tea or maybe something stronger, reliving the day’s adventures and the fantastic views.
There are a few options for today, but one of the best is to head to the nearby village of Tissington, where we’ll wander along an abandoned railway line, exploring the parkland of the old manor house, and perhaps taking in a short section of the Limestone Way, the area’s very own trail!
We finish the walk at around 2pm, where we head to a local pub for lunch. We guarantee that you won’t want to leave after seeing this truly beautiful part of the country.
About the Area
The White Peak
Known as the ‘white peak’ because of the limestone hills that form a major part of this area of England, the southern Peak District National Park is a landscape or gentle rolling hills, with secretive river valleys. Over millions of years the rivers have cut these valleys into the surrounding rock, leading to perfect conditions for woodlands, where you can fine caves, rocky pinnacles and habitat for countless wildlife. Alongside the natural wonders, you’ll find manicured parkland, country houses, timeless villages, and miles of excellent walking trails taking us through the valleys and over the hills. Whether you want a riverside stroll, a woodland walk or the chance to wander up one of the hills for a better view over central England, this is the place to come.
Good to know:
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is NOT supplied and you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunch for Saturday’s Walk.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018