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On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at the village of Thorpe in the White Peak District, with its beautiful limestone scenery. We  explore a wide variety of scenery including the Dark Peak in the north, tranquil river valleys, and picturesque, isolated villages as well as lively market towns. Sample some of Derbyshire's unique desserts like Bakewell tarts.


  • The small market town of Bakewell, where as a treat you could sample a piece of its famous ‘pudding’ 
  • Castleton, a picturesque Peak village sitting below ruined Peveril Castle famous for the local Blue John stone
  • The superb ‘Palace of the Peak’ - Chatsworth House and gardens -  the stately home of the Dukes of Devonshire
  • The fascinating 'plague' village of Eyam

2017  Dates: One week tours start Fridays 12 May, 08 Sept

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy. (805 in Oct)
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person

Accommodation:   The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe. Named after the novel by Sir Walter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.   45 rooms have ensuite private bathroom, TV and hairdryer. There is a lounge, dining room and bar.  All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.


Friday: Arrival day  Check in from 2.30pm onwards.  Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Saturday: Medieval delights
We start our holiday with a short walk along the idyllic River Dove to view the stepping stones below Thorpe Cloud. A short drive brings us to the pseudo-alpine village of Ilam. We then take a gentle walk through the wooded grounds of Ilam Hall before travelling to Haddon Hall, arguably the best preserved medieval fortified manor house in the country with some stunning medieval and Elizabethan interiors, and small but exquisite gardens.

Sunday: Dambusters & the Plague
We head north to Castleton, famous for its Blue John stone, before continuing to the Derwent Dams, immortalized by The Dambusters. The afternoon will be spent in the plague village of Eyam with the option of visiting the National Trust Hall and Craft Centre before a return journey through several attractive Peak District villages and spectacular view points.

 Monday: Free day to explore the local area and the village, or to relax in the Country House.

Tuesday: The Palace of the Peak
After spending the morning in the bustling market town of Bakewell, famous for its Bakewell Puddings, we make the short journey to Chatsworth House. Known as ‘The Palace of the Peak’ it is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is one of the most spectacular palaces in Britain, if not Europe. We will also visit the attractive estate village of Edensor.

Wednesday: Wells, Sudbury and Ashbourne
We start today with a gentle stroll around the well-dressing village of Tissington. Well-dressing is an ancient custom growing in popularity and your holiday may include a visit to one of these beautiful floral displays. We then visit Sudbury Hall, which contains the Museum of Childhood. This is one of the most delightful National Trust properties in the country. We then enjoy time in the picturesque market town of Ashbourne.

Thursday: Mills & Canals
After visiting the Sherwood Foresters memorial, a tribute to WWI soldiers killed in Ireland, we can enjoy a delightful walk along the Cromford Canal. We visit Arkwright’s historic mill at Cromford, a World Heritage site and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution for the textile industry world-wide.

 Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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