Peak District Long Weekend
PEAK DISTRICT TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
The Peak District, England’s first ever National Park, is renowned for its rolling heather hills, picturesque stone villages and abundance of stately homes. We will be ticking off all the highlights on our 4-day exploration of this stunning area of the UK. Basing ourselves in the pretty spa town of Buxton, we will discover an outstanding example of a stately home in Chatsworth House and visit the charming market town of Bakewell, famous for its delicious dessert! We will also spend a day exploring Derwent, Mam Tor and Castleton for beautiful views, a taste of history and an 11th century castle.
Discover the stunning stately home of Chatsworth House
Admire the incredible views from ‘Shivering Mountain’ Mam Tor
Explore the charming town of Bakewell & devour the delicious dessert!
Day 1 – Arrive Buxton
When you arrive in the Buxton, make your way to the hotel for check-in which will be from 2pm onwards. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. If you arrive in time, you can join your tour leader and the rest of the group for dinner to get to know your fellow travellers! Overnight in Buxton.
Day 2 – Chatsworth House & Bakewell Tour
After breakfast at the hotel. we will travel to Chatsworth House, a stunning stately home owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire which dates back to the 16th century and is widely renowned as one of the top attractions in Derbyshire. We will visit the home and grounds of the Chatsworth Estate, which is also famous for being the setting of world famous films Jane Eyre and The Duchess. We will then head to the quaint, cobble street town of Bakewell to explore and of course try the famous Bakewell pudding! Overnight in Buxton.
Day 3 – Day Trip to Derwent Damn, Mam Tor & Castleton
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our full day tour of The Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs, home to Derwent Damn where the Dambusters trained during World War II, before carrying onto the sleepy village village of Castleton, home to the 11th century Peveril Castle. We will then stop for lunch before heading to Mam Tor (Mother Hill), also known as the ‘shivering mountain’, where we will admire breath-taking views of the wild moorlands surrounding us. In the evening, you can join your tour leader and the rest of the group for a final dinner together. Overnight in Buxton.
Day 4 – Poole's Cavern & Solomon's Temple / Depart Buxton
After breakfast we will spend some time exploring Buxton. We will take a short walk to visit Poole’s Cavern, a two-million-year-old natural limestone cave, before heading to Solomon’s Temple to take in magnificent views of the Derbyshire countryside. You are then free to explore Buxton further in the afternoon or leave at your leisure.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at a 4-star hotel in Buxton
- All breakfasts & dinners throughout the trip
- Services of an experienced local guide
- One of our Solo Travellers tour leaders to accompany the group throughout
- Full day tour to Chatsworth House & Bakewell
- Full day tour of Derwent, Mam Tor & Castleton
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Transport to/from Buxton
- Drinks during dinners
- Tips and other personal expenses
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £100.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Transport to and from the Peak District is not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book transport until we have given the go-ahead.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure they have checked visa requirements and obtained documents where necessary.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we have partnered up with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy through us.
MONEY & COSTS
The currency used in England is the Great British Pound, and it’s recommended to change up your money before you leave. We also recommend taking a credit or debit card with you as a back-up.
We recommend budgeting £15 – £20 a day for lunches, water, and drinks (not including alcohol), but this is just an indicative amount and can vary from place to place, so you may end up spending less or more. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when you’re on holiday so please budget accordingly.
If you feel you have received good service, you can tip your local guide during the trip if you wish. As a guideline we would recommend tipping between £5 – £10 per person, per day.
If you would prefer to have your own room on this trip, the additional cost would be £150. Please let us know at the time of booking as it cannot be guaranteed closer to the time.
There won’t be much driving involved on this trip, but when we are on the road, we will be in a private vehicle.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking boots as well as trainers
- Waterproofs – jackets and trousers if possible
- Warm clothing
- Thick socks, gloves and warm hat (depending on time of year)
- A small day pack
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Refillable water bottle
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Power bank
WEATHER & CLIMATE
The warmest time to visit Northern England is between June & August when average daily temperatures are between 15-17°C. During the Autumn months, average daily temperatures fall to around 13°C, and in Winter drop again to around 4°C. Spring is similar to Autumn. You should always be prepared for rain in England, especially in the Peak District where the weather can change quickly.
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst England is a very safe place to travel, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewellery and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
It is completely fine to drink the tap water in England. You should keep hydrated whilst you are walking and doing activities, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you. You will be able to fill up your water bottles at the hotel, so you don’t need to keep buying plastic bottles.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you rather than relying on getting to a pharmacy whilst you are on the trip.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website.