White Peak to Dark Peak Challenge – 6 day
See the best of the White Peak and Dark Peak on this ultimate Peak District hike. Explore the historic English spa town of Buxton before setting out on your five day trek. On the way you’ll pass the Headstone Viaduct in Monsal Dale, the steep ridges of Winnat’s pass, Castleton’s caverns and castles, and the nine edges of the Dark Peak, before arriving at Chatsworth House for a celebratory dinner.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Challenging, not technical - Trip grade 1
Combine a cream tea with a challenging walk? Experience a local Sheffield ale in the home of the Full Monty or three lions? This is a genuine experience combined with the beauty of the peak district that is hard to forget. Gritstone edges, vivid purple heather and amazing skies all await you. The total walking distance is 72km. Set up for the 25th anniversary of the country walking magazine. The route in total is around 27 miles. We have left Bakewell and got on the Monsal trail to Cressbrook, Eyam and Hathersage. Then we climb to Stanage edge and climb winn hill to get back to Hope.
- 5 Nights in either 3* hotels or B&B’s
- 4 Breakfasts
- Baggage transfers
- Three required transfers during the walking days
- Detailed maps, information pack, and route notes
- Travel to Buxton
- Travel from Chatsworth
- Entrance to Chatsworth House & Gardens
- Dinners and lunches
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance
After flying into Manchester (or London) you can take a train into Buxton, where your tour begins. This spa town has splendid Georgian architecture (reminiscent of the city of Bath) and is famous for its natural spring water and for being the highest market town in England. The discovery of coins indicate that the Romans were here throughout their occupation.
After checking into your centrally located hotel or B&B, why not try one of the local pubs for some traditional food and beer which will give you sustenance for your first day of walking tomorrow.
Overnight: 3* Hotel or B&B, Buxton
Buxton to Castleton
Headstone viaduct in Monsal dale is the start of our walk. We then move through Cressbrook dale past the cottages, or higher to avoid the mud.,
Castleton to Hathersage
13 miles (21km)
Hathersage to Grindleford via the 9 edges walk
Today we walk from Hatersage to Grindleford along some of the finest gritstone edges imaginable. In fine weather you will see climbers ascending routes of up to 10m.
Walk Grindleford to Baslow
Walk Grindleford to Baslow and continue to Chatsworth house. Celebratory dinner.
Departures in the morning.