Trek Notes - England

The White Peak Way

General Information
The White Peak Way is a circular walk through the spectacular scenery of the Peak District. It explores the heather-covered gritstone moors and edges of the Dark Peak and the limestone country of the White Peak with its steep sided dales and flower-rich upland pastures edged with dry stonewalls.

Total distance: 90 miles (144km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 11 miles (17.5km)/14 miles (22.5km)
Season: All year

Starting point of holiday: Buxton
End of holiday: Buxton
Most convenient major city and International airports: Manchester. There is a regular train service from Manchester to Buxton. The journey takes one hour.
Outward journey from London to Buxton: There is a fast and frequent train service between London Euston and Buxton. The journey takes 3 ½ hours.
Return journey to London at the end of the holiday: There is a fast and frequent train service between Buxton and London Euston. The journey takes 3 ½ hours.
Season: All year

Day 1: Travel to Buxton where your first nights accommodation has been booked.

Day 2: Buxton to Castleton.14 miles (22.5km).

Day 3: Castleton to Hathersage.13 miles (21km).

Day 4: Hathersage to Bakewell.13 miles (21km).

Day 5: Bakewell to Youlegreave.12 miles (19km).

Day 6: Youlgreave to Alstonefield.13 miles (21km).

Day 7: Alstonefield to Hartington.14 miles (22.5km).

Day 8: Hartington to Buxton.11 miles (17.5km)

Day 9: Depart from Buxton after breakfast.

Accommodation & Meals
8 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns, guesthouses and farmhouse B&B’s.
Full English breakfast.

What’s Included
Door to door luggage transfer along the trail.
A set of maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
An information pack containing an itinerary, detailed instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
Emergency assistance

Extra nights & Rest Days
Castleton is a lovely little village and is a good choice for a rest day if you would like to visit the impressive show caves of Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern. The attractive market town of Bakewell, famous by its delicious Bakewell Pudding, is a popular choice. The Old House Museum was built in the reign of Henry VIII and includes many items of interest. Haddon Hall, one of the finest medieval manor houses in England is just two miles south of the town and is well worth a visit. It is worth considering spending a day exploring the house and grounds of Chatsworth House, some four miles away.
The attractive village of Hartington is another possibility. The splendid old spa town of Buxton is worth considering for an extra night at the start or the end of the trail. Amongst the many fine buildings is The Crescent, built in the 18th century by the Duke of Devonshire to rival its namesake in Bath; the Old Hall Hotel, which once played host to Mary Queen of Scots; the Opera House; the Devonshire Hospital, built in 1790 as stabling for the horses of gentry ‘taking the waters’, its magnificent 164ft dome was for many years the world’s largest domed roof; and the Pump Room. Poole’s Cavern, on the outskirts of the town is one of the finest show caves in the Peak District.

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