Guided Walks in the Peak District - Derbyshire

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Peak District Fun Walks

My fun and themed walks can be booked for organised groups throughout the year (subject to availability as well as minimum/maximum group size)


This town tour of Bakewell is perfect for groups of all sizes and abilities. The distance can be relatively short and level to cater for those with limited mobility as well as pushchairs or wheelchairs. Alternatively, I can extend the distance as required to tailor-make the experience as required. As well as lots of snippets of local knowledge we have tasty treats along the way including cooked sausage and pork pie from the butcher, cheese, biscuits and olives from the deli, chocolates, a sample of Bakewell Pudding and then we end the walk at The Wee Dram for a shot or two of
whisky! I can take you to Bakewell's tucked away special places and show you a few secrets!
All the samples of food are paid for by myself in advance, so enjoy your tasters without feeling obligated to buy if you don't want to although you are welcome to spend and go home laden with goodies if you wish!
I can take small groups on this walk but the cost is subject to quotation.
For groups of 10 to 20 persons the cost is £12.50 per person. This is reduced to £10 or £7.50 for larger groups.
For large groups or coach tours I can obtain a second guide and split the group in two for maximum enjoyment.

Imagine the delight of walking in the wonderful Hope Valley, set in an amphitheatre of rugged Peak District hills overshadowed by the amazing Shivering
Mountain (Mam Tor)! This fabulous walk of between 3-8 miles (different routes available) incorporates the picture postcard villages of Castleton and Hope as well
as the site of the former Roman Fort at Navio. We head to the stables of Peter Eyre to watch him harness up his majestic shire horses to a dray before hopping
on board for a relaxing and restful hour long drive back to Castleton with the added treat of ginger beer and home-made lemon drizzle cake along the way. Join me
for this extra special adventure in the heart of the Peak District National Park for only £15 per person (booking essential as limited numbers apply)



Don’t miss out on the ‘Golden Ticket’ opportunity!

This walk has now become quite famous, having been featured on television and in magazine features. The relatively easy walk through spectacular countryside starts in the quaint village of Castleton from where we cross fields and stiles and head through the remains of Odin Mine (dating back to Roman times) to arrive at Cocoadance, a secret chocolate factory located at the base of Mam Tor, also known as The Shivering Mountain. After being greeted with a drink of proper hot chocolate we have an hour of demonstration and chocolate tasters before returning to Castleton on a high of chocolate happiness! (maximum of 14 persons. £15 per person to include tour and tasters)


The Peak District has been brewing quality ales for centuries, dating back to when miners believed good ale would cure them of lead poisoning! There is a choice of routes for The Tipple Trail with the opportunity of following a stretch of the famous Monsal Trail, walking through Headstone tunnel to emerge onto the famous Monsal Dale viaduct. At some point of the walk we arrive at Peak Ales ( for a talk and tasters with a complimentary bottle of ale to take away and drink later at your convenience (a good idea if you have got to drive home). Starting at a minimum of 2 miles, the length of your walk can be longer, and up to 8 miles, depending on how far you want to stagger back on the return! (Cost from £15 per person which includes the tour and bottle of ale – minimum group of 8 people required)

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 There is something very nostalgic about watching a steam train in action with plumes of smoke and a toot toot which reverberates all around. Running beside the River Derwent is a stretch of line belonging to Peak Rail ( where most weekends you can reminisce and recall the wonderful days of steam and the wonders of The Railway Children. This walk gives you the opportunity to take a steam train ride from Rowsley South Station to Matlock. Watch the engine in action, enjoy your nostalgic train ride, have a guided tour around Old Matlock town with snippets of local history, and then walk back approximately 5.5 miles along a stretch of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to return to Rowsley South. (Cost £10 per person which includes the train ride – minimum group of 8 people required)


This is the ultimate Chesterfield experience! The day starts by meeting at the famous Crooked Spire for an exclusive guided tour up into the tower - see the cobweb structure within and then venture outside if you dare to look up at the lead coated spire which twists towards the heavens! After a coffee in the church tearoom we set off on a walk around Tapton, taking you away from the hubbub of the town centre into a rural retreat and walk along paths and quiet country lane. We walk through the grounds of Tapton Hall with its historic connections before descending to Chesterfield Canal where the John Varley canal boat has been chartered especially to take you on a canal boat ride to end your day in relaxing style.
(Cost £25 per person for minimum group of 10 and maximum 12. This includes the spire tour and canal boat ride but no refreshments)

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Standing majestically at the entrance to Manifold Valley is Ecton Hill which during its heyday was one of the richest copper mines in the world. Abandoned more than 100 years ago, the deepest shaft which reached a depth in excess of 1,300 feet has now been flooded. However, the Salts Level remains high and dry and is an easily accessible way of venturing into the heart of the hill. Unlike the more commercial caves and caverns to the north of the Peak District, Ecton remains unspoilt and only available to limited groups. The Ecton Experience (suitable for children 8+ and adults) is a walk of between 6-8 miles which includes an overground/underground tour of the mine as well as a miner’s picnic! (Cost £20 for adults, £10 for children which includes the tour and picnic– minimum group of 12 people required, maximum 16)


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To the north of the Peak District are the dramatic landscapes of Dark Peak and White Peak hills with names such as Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain), Winnatt's Pass and Rushop Edge. Hidden away down a quiet back road is Rushop Hall, home to a herd of adorable alpaca as well as Neil & Jan Allcock who run a wonderful B&B and string of holiday lets This walk incorporates a visit to Rushop Hall to get close to the alpaca and their baby cria as well as a short talk from Jan about her herd. Before heading off for more hiking over these glorious hills we descend into Rushop Hall for home-made cake and pots of delectable tea! The distance of this walk is between 5 and 10 miles depending on the route. A longer route would be to start and end at Castleton, taking in Peak Dale, Rushop Edge and Winnatt's Pass which is quite strenuous. For a shorter walk but still moderately strenuous we would follow paths, tracks and quiet country lanes around Slackhall and Sparrowpit.The cost of this walk is £15 per person for the shorter route and £17.50 per person for the longer route (this includes the visit to Rushop Hall + tea & cake - Minimum group of 8 required)


Nestling on the side of a hill in an isolated part of the Peak District is Casterne Hall which has been in the Hurt family for 500 years. This unspoilt and sympathetically restored gem of a house is packed with interesting architectural features dating back to Roman times. Imagine the wonders of being able to venture inside to see ‘through the keyhole’ of this country house which appears from a distance like a Regency dolls house. Incorporate your tour with an 8-mile ramble through Dovedale and along Paradise walk in the Ilam estate and you will have a full day of activity to experience. (Cost £15 per person which includes the tour of Casterne – minimum group of 8 people required, maximum 12)


A short guided tour of Buxton passing St Ann's Well, the famous Dome, Pavilion Gardens and the Crescent followed by a walk up to the hills on either a shortened route of approximately 3 miles or a lengthy hike to the moors of approximately 7 miles. After visiting the hilltop folly of Solomon's Temple you will walk down through the woods which form part of Buxton Country Park before finishing your walk with a journey beneath Buxton into the amazing Poole's Cavern which is one of the most spectacular show caves in the country. To compliment your visit and complete your day you will enjoy cake and a hot drink to warm you up after your underground experience. (Cost £20 per person which includes the tour of Poole's Cavern and refreshments - minimum group of 8 required)


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Bakewell is famed around the globe for its delicious Bakewell Puddings, This fun walk includes a visit to the Olde Original Pudding Shop and the opportunity to 'have a go' at making your own pudding with a prize for the best (guess who got the booby prize for the exploding pudding in the above picture!). Your Pudding Experience also includes a cup of tea or coffee. The walk can be a short pavement stroll around the centre of the town, a slightly longer town tour or a hike over the hills for a few miles, finishing your walk with the pudding experience. This walk is limited to weekdays only with a group size of between 10 and 12 persons. The cost is £15 per person for the short or medium length walk and £17.50 per person for a full day's hike (including the cost of the pudding experience)


Enjoy a visit to the picture postcard village of Tissington with its quaint little cottages, village green and duck pond, overlooked by a majestic Jacobean manor house. This walk (you choose the distance) includes a private tour of historic Tissington Hall which has been home to the FitzHerbert family for eight generations. With a walk around the private gardens and estate as well as a ramble on the Tissington Trail and tea/coffee in the Old Coach House tearoom, you are guaranteed hours of enjoyment for only £17.50 per person (minimum group of 15 required)


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The Peak District abounds with prehistoric sites. Stanton Moor probably has the most concentration of ancient burial grounds, tumuli and standing stones in a relatively small area. The elevated moor is an oasis of sandstone which has provided building material for stately homes and local houses for centuries. Many disused quarries that were once scars on the landscape have now healed over and become areas of outstanding natural beauty providing a habitat for all manner of flora and fauna. This walk begins in the nearby village of Birchover from where we follow old quarryworkers paths onto the moor for a hilltop hike through heather and bilberry plants.  The Red Lion in Birchover  is a fabulous old coaching inn, now owned by Matteo and Alyson Frau who specialise in freshly prepared and wholesome rustic food. Being of Sardinian descent, Matt's speciality are traditional Sardinian dishes but he is also known for having created his own Birchover Blue cheese as well as artisan breads. This walk has a choice of heading up onto Stanton Moor with your own little picnic bag prepared by Matt to dine with the Nine Ladies. Alternatively, for larger groups in excess of 10, Matt can provide the most sumptuous Mediterranean feast with several courses of magnificent Sardinian food which will await you on your return to the pub. The walk is from 3-8 miles depending on which route you choose. The cost is £15pp for the picnic (min group 6) or £25 for the feast (min group 10)


A leisurely but moderately strenuous walk of about 5 miles around Matlock Bank to show how The Matlocks have developed over the last 300 years, due mainly to employment and enterprise following the discovery of thermal springs and the desire by the upper classes to enjoy luxurious holidays in the Peak District following the Napoleonic Wars. We will also walk through the historical mill site of Lumsdale, much less known than its near neighbour at Cromford, but still an industrial heritage site of extreme importance. This walk incorporates a visit to the Identity Store which is a craft workshop specialising in every possible kind of leather on the planet! Here you will have a short informative talk and tour plus the chance to create/decorate your own leather souvenir. The cost is £15pp which includes the workshop visit and materials. (minimum group 6, maximum 12)



Hidden away on the outskirts of Bakewell is a micro winery established by Keith Daily, where he produces, bottles and labels some delicious Derbyshire wines including the popular Monsal Red and High Peak Autumn Mist. The distance of this walk can be tailored to the ability and mobility of the group, but there is a lovely route beyond the winery on paths over uneven terrain beside the River Wye to the picture postcard pretty little village of Ashford-in-the-Water. What better way to enjoy a glorious walk in the Peak District National Park than to combine it with a cheese and wine party at the winery! There is the choice of having small samples of wine and a complimentary bottle to take away or a good old swig and let's stagger back afterwards! Suitable for groups of between 8 and 16, the cost of this walk is £20 per person.


Tucked away beside the wooded slopes of Padley Gorge is an ancient chapel steeped in history but with a tragic story to tell of the Padley Martyrs. A tour of this fascinating building can be incorporated into a wonderful walk which also takes in the village of Hathersage and possibly a ramble onto the wild and dramatic moors around Longshaw (weather permitting). The route and distance of this walk can be tailor-made to suit the abilities and requirements of the group. (Cost £10 per person which includes a visit to Padley Chapel – minimum group of 8 people required)


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The Peak District is short on railway lines, mainly due to Beeching's axe in the 1960's. However, there is a stretch of line which survived the chop and can probably lay claim to being one of the most scenic routes to be found. It is also one of the most historic as it runs through the incredible Totley tunnel - at 6,230 yards it is the second longest in the country. I am fascinated by the history of Totley tunnel and love the opportunity to guide visitors on this 6-mile adventure which begins at the quirky Grindleford Station cafe, a real 'Brief Encounter' experience. We then head up through the Longshaw Estate with far reaching views over Dark Peak moorland with rocky outcrops and dramatic scenery. High on the moors we begin to pass ventilation shafts, following the course of the tunnel some 750ft below. As we drop down to the suburbs of Sheffield we pass all 5 shafts before walking to Dore & Totley Station where we catch a train back to head through the tunnel on a short journey with 8 minutes in the dark!  The cost of this walk is £15 per person to include the train fare (minimum group 6)


A guided tour of "The Matlock's" which was a fashionable resort in the Hydropathic era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when visitors flocked to the area to 'take in the waters' and enjoy the wonderful scenery and facilities at a range of opulent and luxurious hydropathic establishments which today may well be classed as 6*! Our moderately strenuous walk of approximately 5 miles over High Tor and Giddy Edge includes Matlock Bath and Old Matlock Town. The cost of £17.50 per person includes a picnic basket lunch to be eaten in the park by the side of the River Derwent. Alternatively, a discount of £7.50 would be allowed should you prefer to find your own lunch. (Minimum group of 8 people required)



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For many years The Monsal Trail (former Midland Railway line) has been a popular route for walking through the heart of the National Park and Derbyshire
Dales. The trail was featured on television and made famous by Julia Bradbury in her series ‘The Railway Walks’. With the help of government funding and lottery
money, the Peak District National Park Authority set about an exciting challenge and massive undertaking to make the tunnels safe and accessible and to introduce
lighting. 25th May 2011 was a very special occasion as the 4 closed tunnels along the 8.5 mile stretch of trail were officially opened by the Duke of Devonshire,
providing a new and exciting dimension to my walks. I can tailor-make walks of varying lengths to suit all abilities which incorporate at least one of these tunnels. Alternatively, join me on a 10-mile ramble ‘FOLLOWING IN JULIA’S FOOTSTEPS’ to see the Monsal Trail in full (public transport may have to be included as this
is a linear walk). Cost £10 per person (does not include bus fare). Minimum group of 6 required


There are a choice of routes and distances for this walk, but all include a visit to Rowsley to see Caudwell’s Mill. Built in the 19th century, Caudwell's Mill is still in working order. See the mechanisms and machinery in action; listen to the wonderful sound effects of the old chains and metalwork systematically clanking amid the swish and rush of the waterwheel. Visit the craft centre or call in at the popular tea room before continuing with your walk. (Cost £10 per person which includes a guided tour of the mill – minimum group of 8 people required).


Guided Walks in the Peak District - Derbyshire

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