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Railway Tracks & Walking in the Peak District

Nestled in the heart of the countryside, adjacent to the majestic Peak District National Park, is the Marriott Breadsall Priory Country Club – the oldest Mariott in the world. A fantastic base for our holiday, relax amidst beautiful surroundings while enjoying excellent facilities and the highest standards of service. From here, we’ll embark on some of the area’s most scenic walking trails in the company of local guides. Wander along the picturesque Monsal Trail, admire the breathtaking views of Chatsworth House, and discover the charming town of Bakewell before enjoying a nostalgic ride along the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals and 3 packed lunches
  • Included coach travel on excursions
  • Services of two qualified walking guides and an experienced Tour Manager

5 days from £695pp

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Itinerary

Make your own way to our hotel in North Derbyshire where you will meet an experienced Tour Manager, before enjoying a relaxing evening with dinner.

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This morning, our coach takes us to Wye Dale, the starting point for our walk along the Monsal Trail. Stretching from Wye Dale to Bakewell, this historic path incorporates the former Midland Railway line that once linked Matlock to Buxton. Dating back to the 1860s, the railway stopped operating in 1968. In 1981, an eight-mile stretch was repurposed for pedestrians. Expect to see old stations, former railway tunnels, and the majestic Monsal Viaduct – a scenic highlight of the midland line – as we walk along this trail. Our walk ends at Hassop Station, a structure built in 1862 for the Duke of Devonshire. Today, it serves refreshments to those who have finished this fantastic trail.

This is an easy 8-mile walk lasting approximately 4.5 hours. There is an option to shorten this – your Tour Manager and local guides will provide details if required.

We will return to our hotel by coach and enjoy a well-deserved dinner this evening.

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The Monsal Trail

After breakfast, we’ll travel by coach to Chatsworth Estate and begin our walk beside the River Derwent, heading towards Chatsworth House. For generations, this magnificent estate has been the residence of the Dukes of Devonshire. Its rich history traces back to 1549, when Elizabeth and William Cavendish acquired it for £600. Over the centuries, the house has undergone many transformations to become the remarkable structure we see today. Our path will then lead us to Edensor, a quaint village which houses St. Peter’s Church – the final resting place for many members of the Cavendish.

Our trail then leads us through New Piece Wood, offering spectacular views of the Chatsworth Estate. Continuing through the Calton Pastures, we will arrive at Manner Wood and then descend towards the delightful Bakewell – the only true town in the Peak District National Park. Be sure to try local delicacies such as the Bakewell tart or the more traditional Bakewell pudding whilst here.

This is an easy to moderate 5-mile walk lasting approximately 3 hours.

Then, we will return to our hotel by coach for our evening meal.

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Chatsworth Estate to Bakewell

The picturesque limestone countryside in the southern Peak District awaits today. After breakfast, the coach will take us to Alstonefield, marking the start of our walk. From here, we'll descend to Milldale and join the path alongside the serene River Dove, which marks the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Our path then takes us through Dovedale, a limestone gorge nestled in the River Dove valley which is recognised as a National Nature Reserve due to the unique habitats and diverse wildlife it shelters. Our delightful riverside walk passes two caves, Dove Holes, and travels over Lover's Leap. Following the river across meadows to Coldwall Bridge, we’ll embark on the Manifold trail that leads to Ilam Park. Owned by the National Trust, the park boasts a quaint visitor centre and tearooms – a delightful place to finish our walk.

This is an easy 6.5-mile walk lasting approximately 3.5 hours. There is an option to shorten this – your Tour Manager and local guides will provide details if required.

Afterwards, we’ll travel by coach to Wirksworth station and board the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. This picturesque train journey from Wirksworth to Duffield showcases the Peak District's unparalleled beauty.

Our coach will then collect us from Duffield and return us to our hotel for a relaxing final dinner.

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Walking in Dovedale Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

After breakfast, you are free to check out of the hotel and make your own way home at leisure.

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Single Room Supplement from £140.00 (5 days).

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights on a half-board basis at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Breadsall Priory Country Club

Steeped in rich history, the 4-star Delta Hotels by Marriott Breadsall Priory Country Club dates back to 1266 and is the oldest Marriott in the world. Situated adjacent to the breathtaking Peak District National Park, guests can revel in the natural beauty that surrounds the property. You can also enjoy a range of amenities here, such as the heated indoor pool, spa and gym (extra charges may apply, please pay locally), and indulge in fresh, locally sourced British dishes at the two fantastic on-site restaurants. Please note that the hotel does not have a lift.

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General
  • 4 Star
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
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  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Ensuite Facilities
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  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
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  • Room Service Available
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
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  • Swimming Pool
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
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Combine the experience of a group tour with the independence of travelling at your leisure to our hotel.

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