The Derbyshire Dales on foot

Self-guided walking holiday in England

From £ 425.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
  • Two people walking on a footpath during a self-guided walking holiday to the Derbyshire Dales
  • Picturesque cottages and buildings in the Derbyshire Dales
  • A small church in the Derbyshire Dales

Walk through the most scenic parts of the Derbyshire Dales during this self-guided trail walking holiday.

Your journey will start in the attractive spa town of Buxton. From here you will venture south into the White Peak. Crossing the county boundary line into Staffordshire you will stay in Longnor, the location for the TV series 'Peak Practice'. Visit pretty Hartington before passing some of Derbyshires most attractive Dales to arrive at spectacular Dovedale.

Join the Limestone Way through Tissington, famous for the ancient tradition of well dressing. Visit the Neolithic 'Nine Ladies stone circle' before dropping down to the Derwent Valley and on through Chatsworth. Pass through 'Cathedral of the Peak' Tideswell before re-joining the Limestone Way through the Derbyshire Dales nature reserve on your way back to Buxton.

Accommodation in the Derbyshire Dales

You will stay in a selection of small family run B&B's, country pubs and guesthouses selected on grounds of location, character, friendliness of the staff and cleanliness. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite facilities. Single rooms are available on request and at additional cost.

Example accommodation Derbyshire Dales breakfast room Derbyshire Dales accommodation bedroom

Breakfast is included in this Derbyshire Dales walking holiday, and the information pack includes tips on where to have lunch and dinner.

Walking in the Derbyshire Dales

country mansion with attractive garden cow sticking its head through a field boundary

All the routes are along quiet footpaths, tracks and bridleways. Routes are designed to take you to the most interesting attractions, picturesque villages and outstanding scenery the Derbyshire Dales have to offer.

A reasonable level of fitness is required, as the walking routes will include a few hills. The grade for this walking holiday is moderate to challenging.

Derbyshire Dales walking holiday itinerary

limestone cliffs in the Derbyshire Dales view on a cathedral in the Derbyshire Dales

This Derbyshire Dales self-guided walking holiday includes six self-guided walking days;

Day 1 - Arrive in Buxton. Arrive at your accommodation in the attractive spa town of Buxton with time to explore this charming town, the highest market town in England.

Day 2 - Buxton - Longnor (11 miles). Stroll through Buxton Country Park to join the Dane Valley trail to the spectacular viewpoint at Axe Edge. Continue along quiet pathways to Hollinsclough past Chrome Hill & Cross the County boundary into Staffordshire to reach the village of Longnor, the location for the TV series 'Peak Practice' where you may spot many familiar sights around the village.

Day 3 - Longnor - Thorpe (14 miles). Take the splendid trail past Pilsley castle south to Hartington, famous for its magnificent 17th century hall, a fine example of a typical Peak District manor house. The village is also home to Derbyshire's last remaining cheese factory which can still be bought from the dairy shop. From here the gorge from Beresford Dale through Wolfcotes Dale offers a dramatic introduction to the karst limestone scenery of the area. The walk from pretty Milldale through Derbyshires best known dale, Dovedale shows the beauty of the area to its fullest.

Day 4 - Thorpe - Winster (14 miles). Follow the Limestone Way to Tissington, known for its ancient festival of well-dressing, a custom which dates back to 1350. Tissington is also known for the interesting Norman church of St. Mary and the 500 year old Tissington Hall which is a well worth a visit. Pass through the delightful, typical Peak District Village of Parwich which lies beneath a massive limestone outcrop which rises to over 1000 feet. Continue along the trail to Winster. This pleasant village has some fine 18th century houses, however the most impressive building must be the Market House. Owned by the national Trust the rugged Market House dates from the 17th century and is a reminder of Winster's past importance as a market town.

Day 5 - Winster - Baslow (11 miles). Walk to Stanton Moor & see the Neolithic 'Nine Ladies Stone Circle'. The area is of significant archaeological importance and legend has it that one Sunday nine ladies and a fiddler came onto the moor to dance and, for this act of debauchery, they were turned to stone. Pass through the interesting typical Peak District villages of Birchover and Stanton in the Peak before joining the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to the Chatsworth Estate. Often referred to as 'Palace of the Peak' Chatsworth is without doubt one of the finest of great houses in Britain. If you desire, you should have time to visit the opulent house and gardens before arriving at your accommodation for the night at Baslow.

Day 6 - Baslow - Tideswell (11 miles). Continue along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way before turning towards Calver Peak with fine views over a series of Gritstone edges. A pleasant walk to Great Longstone, through Little Longstone takes you to the spectacular viewpoint of Monsal Head. From Monsal Head you will follow the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Water-cum-jolly Dale to Millers Dale. Passing through Tideswell Dale takes you to 'Cathedral of the Peak' Tideswell, known for its magnificent 14th century church of St John the Baptist.

Day 7 - Tideswell - Buxton (9 miles). The track out of Tideswell joins with the Limestone Way overlooking Monks Dale, part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. From the northern reaches of Millers Dale you continue along the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Chee Dale and Deep Dale to join the Midshires Way. Your final stretch to Buxton allows the opportunity to visit the viewpoint at Grinlow Tower (Solomon's Temple) which overlooks this charming market town.

Day 8 - Breakfast and departure

Dates and availability

Typical Derbyshire Dales architecture Grand historic building in the Derbyshire Dales

The self-guided walking holiday to the Derbyshire Dales in England can start on any date, subject to accommodation availability. It is also possible to do this holiday without luggage transport included, with the price from £ 325.- per person. To travel from Manchester to Buxton takes about an hour by train. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

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Holiday type

Trail icon Multiple accommodations Self-guided walking holiday
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


From £ 425.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • Luggage transport included


7 nights Accommodation, Breakfast, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes and information on opening times, telephone numbers and general details for attractions & amenities nearby, historical information & interesting facts about all the towns and villages you will pass through.

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

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Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills to low mountains
  • Hills to low mountains
  • Easy to moderate walking

Best time of the year

March - November

Walking Holiday by:

Peak Tours


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