Discover the classic English countryside around the southern dales of the Peak District
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
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Join us on a sociable easy guided walking weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the White Peak, the limestone rolling fields, low hills and spectacular valleys of the southern Peak District.
The area is quintessential English countryside – picturesque villages, tea rooms, village greens and cosy pubs. The countryside is fantastic for walking, with trails heading through woodland and along rivers, and through the jewels-in-the-crown, the dales themselves. Cut through the limestone by rivers over thousands of years, this is where we can really escape from it all, on gentle wanders to see nature reserves, wildflower meadows and peaceful woodlands.
We’ll be based in Youlgreave, where you’ll quickly settle into life at a slower pace. We’ll be right in the heart of the stunning countryside, with the River Bradford down through the woods, and the long-distance trail of the Limestone Way passing through the village. What this means is that there’ll be plenty of opportunities to sample the local pubs and tea rooms alongside the walks!
On Sunday we’ll walk near the stunning 16thcentury Chatsworth House, where after the walk is finished we can get some tea together in the tea rooms, and you can always spend the afternoon exploring the house.
Chatsworth Weekend Dates:
- Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March 2019
You’re welcome to arrive any time after 5pm to the accommodation, when you can check into your room. There are hot drinks available all weekend, or of course you could use the opportunity before dinner to explore the local pubs.
We have dinner at 8pm and then discuss the plans for the weekend.
After breakfast and the chance to make packed lunches we’re off to explore the local area. It’s likely we’ll be walking from Youlgreave, perhaps exploring the beautiful Lathkill Dale, a valley hidden in the surrounding limestone landscape, and now a nature reserve. Alongside our exploration of the landscape we’ll pass through neighbouring villages, where there’s always a chance of an ice cream or a pub visit! If it’s open, the craft centre is also always worth a visit.
Once we’re back from the walk there’ll be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area before we serve dinner.
Today we have a real treat planned, a walk in the area around Chatsworth House, the 16thcentury home of the Duke of Devonshire. After breakfast we’ll check out of the accommodation and head over to the house, where we head out for a morning walk aiming to finish for around 2pm. Then there’s plenty of time for tea at Chatsworth before the weekend comes to an end. Of course if you want to stay and look round the house we can more than recommend it!
Good to Know:
Free Train Station Collection:
We will have a limited number of free collections from Chesterfield Train Station. We will be collecting at 3pm on the Friday returning you for 5pm on the Sunday. These must be booked and are available on a first come first served basis.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunch for Saturday 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…
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…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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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
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
“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