Discover a region of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns in the Peak District National Park. The area is known and loved by many for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns and pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and traditional events, such as the unique Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing.
From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to explore.
As well as opportunities to enjoy the stunning landscapes, the tour will also visit some of the famous, historic villages that line the valleys of the Peak District.
May be subject to change.
Day 1 : 11 July 2018
Arrive anytime after 3pm to check-in to The Cavendish Hotel in Baslow – your base for the next four nights.
There will be welcome drinks followed by a welcome dinner for everyone.
Day 2 : 12 July 2018 59 miles
Spend the day touring the western part of the Peak District, starting with a visit to Bakewell, famed for the unique and eponymous pudding. Idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye, the biggest town in the Peak District National Park’s mellow stone buildings, medieval five-arched stone bridge and quaint courtyards are a magnet for painters, photographers and sightseers alike.
Continue to picturesque Ashford, with its much-photographed medieval Sheepwash Bridge, and then past Buxton and over the famed Cat & Fiddle Pass. Then loop north and drive back to Buxton, the spa town famed for its beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture.
The route then winds back to Eyam, renowned as the Plague Village, and learn more about the story at the museum. It’s then a short drive back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 : 13 July 2018 87 miles
Explore the northern part of the Peak District with a lovely drive up to Castleton. Visit the Norman ruins of Peveril Castle, or the show caverns such as the famous Blue John Cavern, where the semi-precious stone Blue John is found – the only place in the world, or Speedwell Cavern, where there are underground boat trips.
Drive through the gorge of Winnats Pass and past Mam Tor, one of the highest peaks in the area at 517m, to Edale, then loop round to the pretty village of Hope.
Drive across Snake Pass, visiting the Derwent Dam, and admire the fabulous scenery. From Glossop head back across the Woodhead Pass and then back down to Hope. Drive down the Hope Valley to Hathersage and back to Baslow.
Day 4 : 14 July 2018 57 miles
Start the day with a visit to the pretty estate village of Pilsley before enjoying a scenic drive around the southern part of the Peak District. Many of the villages around here were renowned for lead mining.
Visit Haddon Hall, a medieval and Tudor manor house gem with a fine medieval kitchen and Elizabethan long gallery.
Then drive through the gorgeous Chatsworth Estate and visit the sensational Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and home of the Cavendish family since the 1550s.
Return to the hotel for a final dinner.
Day 5 : 15 July 2018
Depart for home after a hearty full English breakfast.
Located on the Chatsworth House Estate, in the small town of Baslow, The Cavendish Hotel restaurant has won an AA 2 Rosette Award. The hotel offers locally-sourced food.
The Cavendish Hotel, originally the famous Peacock, is steeped in history, with perfect views and peaceful surroundings. Throughout the hotel you will find open fires, oak beams, antique furnishings, fresh flowers and friendly staff.
- Four nights luxury accommodation
- Full English breakfast each morning
- Three-course dinner on three evenings
- Wine (1/2 bottle per person) included with dinner
- Tour Book – includes a brief history of the region, maps and directions, and a detailed account of everything there is to do, see and visit each day.
- Road Atlas
- Rally plate & ties, windscreen sticker and pen/highlighter
- National Trust Gift Card, worth £10 (can be redeemed against entry, membership or purchases)
- Friendly, knowledgeable & experienced Tour Director, Sarah Dowding and assistant, to help you make the most of your trip.
- Personal travel and medical insurance
- One evening meal and all lunches
- Drinks (other than stated) are extra – to accommodate individual preferences
- We recommend each vehicle has breakdown cover
The Peak District Tour is open to classic, vintage and sports cars of any age. However, the most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, deserving of the vehicles we love, relish character hotels and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers.