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The Derbyshire Dales

Walk the hilltops, dales and gorges of Britain's first National Park on this holiday exploring the highlights of the Peak District.

  • England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

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Grade 5

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths and tracks on the walks each day are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground and some muddy fields depending on the weather at the time. Walks will last 6 to 7 hours including stops and include a daily mileage of between 9 and 10 miles. The High Peak Trail walk is the longest walk of the holiday, with a length of either 9 or possibly as much as 12 miles but it can be taken slowly as there are lots of stops along the way.

See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • The High Peak Trail following the Cromford Canal.
  • Admire panoramic views directly from the hotel.
  • Discover the varied beauty of the Peak District on foot.
  • Surround yourself amongst beautiful limestone crags, valleys, streams and rivers.

The rippling waters of the River Dove cut through a steep sided limestone gorge. Strips of broad-leaved woodland line the banks. Suddenly you emerge into grassland with sweeping views and dry stone walls, descending gently to the village of Ilam, with its ancient cross and tidy, flower filled gardens.

From the hotel, you can ascend the rocky precipice of the Heights of Abraham on wooded paths above the Derwent Gorge. Other days we may wander through the deer park opposite Chatsworth House, take in the panoramic views from Harborough Rocks or follow the river Lathkill from stream to flowing river.

We will explore part of the canal system and see how it connected to the High Peak railway. We will also walk on part of the High Peak Trail, built on this old railway line which closed in 1967 and encounter Britain’s industrial heritage, all directly from our hotel at Matlock Bath.

The limestone White Peak area of the southern Peak District is an ideal base for a holiday at this moderate walking grade. You will be surrounded by beautiful limestone crags, valleys, streams and rivers. Panoramic views over fascinating countryside will be your reward to be enjoyed from the local high points you will reach.

On the last day, slightly further afield, we will be walking in the area known as the Black Peak and meet up with the Gritstone Edge, some would say a harsher landscape; which also holds the secrets of the plague village of Eyam.

The rugged beauty of this area is overwhelming and makes it a wonderful place to walk: rolling hills, tranquil dales, gorges, magnificent rock formations, evidence of a history which changed the world and some beautiful towns of honey coloured stone. 

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

73205

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the New Bath Hotel and Spa in Matlock Bath. Check in is available from 3pm. 

You will meet your tour leader and group members prior to dinner for a briefing and welcome. Dinner each evening is taken in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 2

Lathkill Dale and the Limestone Trail

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    348m

Today, private transport takes you to Youlgreave and you can have a look at the church with a Burne-Jones window, before descending to the river Bradford with its fish-ponds. Ascend to the typical Derbyshire limestone uplands with their white stone field boundary walls; then descend to Lathkill Dale which is one of the prettiest dales in the Peak District. This part of the walk starts in a dry valley, after a while water issues from a side cave and gradually the stream widens to a placid river.

Day 3

The High Peak Trail

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 or 7+ hours

  • Distance

    9 or 12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430 or 525m

This is a walk through our industrial heritage, walking from the hotel passing near Arkwright’s Mill then walk beside the Cromford Canal to the beginning of the High Peak Trail. This former railway line was one of the steepest in the country and you reach winding sheds where the beam engines can be seen which hauled the trains up the incline. There is a place to stop for coffee at Middleton Top before continuing to a viewpoint at Harborough Rocks and then descend through woods to Cromford before returning to the hotel.

A shorter version of the walk is possible (9 miles) and the decision can be taken by your Tour Leader at the half-way stage. 

Day 4

Dovedale and Alstonefield

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    362/435m

Private transport will take you to the pretty village of Hartington where you will have time to look around before crossing the fields to the famous River Dove, which marks the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. You will walk in both counties as you climb through the well named Narrowdale to the pretty village of Alstonefield, then back down to the valley of the Dove at Milldale for lunch. 

You'll stay beside the Dove after lunch, and enjoy a complete change of scenery as you pass caves and rocks with interesting names until you reach Lovers Leap from where we descend to cross the famous stepping stones and make our way across to Ilam Hall, a National Trust property offering refreshments. There will be a return to the hotel by coach. 

Day 5

The Gritstone Edge to Eyam

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    525/404m

Arguably the finest walk of the week with contrasts, views, and poignant history, which starts besides the river Derwent in the Chatsworth estate deer park with fine views of the house. After a visit to the village of Edensor there is a climb to the famous Gritstone edge. A walk along the edge and a steep descent gradually takes you to the plague village of Eyam. 

There should be some time to look around and think about the terrible events of 1666, before the private transport takes you back to the hotel.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the New Bath Hotel and Spa after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. 

We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Apr 2024 - 19th Apr 2024 (5 Nights)

30th Jun 2024 - 5th Jul 2024 (5 Nights)

1st Sep 2024 - 6th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, when necessary, is included in the price of your holiday.

If you intend to drive to join the holiday, the hotel has plenty of guest car parking.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The New Bath Hotel and Spa

You will stay at the modern three-star New Bath Hotel and Spa located in the popular village of Matlock Bath. This comfortable hotel includes an outdoor natural spring fed thermal pool, no chlorine or chemicals are required. You can sit back and relax in the hotel's spa area. Maybe try its thermal hot tub, sauna, steam room or a treatment. The outdoor natural pool is complimentary but the spa area (including the hot tub, sauna, steam room and treatments) are from £15.00 per person. Please note that the hotel requires the pre-booking of any spa treatments and pool use prior to arrival and they ask you contact them direct. 

We stay in modern and comfortable en-suite standard bedrooms. These double or twin rooms are likely to be allocated in the Garden Annexe which overlooks the outdoor swimming pool. All single rooms include a double bed. All bedrooms include both a bath and shower, TV, Wi-Fi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The bedrooms are spacious and all have a very luxurious feel about them. 

Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the hotel restaurant. Please note that the hotel only serves a continental breakfast and does not offer cooked breakfasts. You can help yourself to a wide range of items which include cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, pastries, bread and toast. 


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths and tracks on the walks each day are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground and some muddy fields depending on the weather at the time. Walks will last 6 to 7 hours including stops and include a daily mileage of between 9 and 10 miles. The High Peak Trail walk is the longest walk of the holiday, with a length of either 9 or possibly as much as 12 miles but it can be taken slowly as there are lots of stops along the way.

See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel...

By car from the South: Take the M1 to junction 26 and follow the A610 towards Ripley and Ambergate, where the A610 ends. Turn right and follow the A6 until you pass a sign for the start of Matlock Bath. Almost immediately turn left into New Bath Road where the hotel is easily visible.

By car from the North: Take the M1 to junction 28 and follow the A38 towards Derby for 3 miles. Follow signs to Matlock via the A615. At the roundabout in Matlock turn left and follow the A6 for approximately 2 miles through Matlock Bath until the speed limit changes to 40mph. Very soon turn right into New Bath Road where the hotel is easily visible on the right.

By rail: The nearest train station to the hotel is at Cromford or Matlock Bath. Trains are available on the Derby to Matlock line, however there are limited services on Sundays so please check before you travel. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from Matlock Bath train station and 25 minute walk from Cromford train station. If you require a taxi we advise you to pre-book as there is no telephone at either station. (Matlock Taxis 01629 584195 or Maz Taxis 07598 161151).

By air: Nottingham East Midlands and Manchester airports are accessible by road and public transport.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

The hotel has a complimentary car park. Please note there are steep steps to enter the hotel.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included, however there will be opportunities to purchase supplies locally.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended walks are covered by the following map:

Ordnance Survey (1:25,000)
OL24 The Peak District White Peak area

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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