The English Peak District
The Peak District National Park was Britain’s first and covers what is known as the Dark Peak, an area of gritstone rocks in the north of the county of Derbyshire and the White Peak, made up of limestone, in the south of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Although a relatively small area it offers a great variety of walks suitable for moderate and easier walking, in the Peak District and also the Derbyshire Dales.
Walking terrain includes high moorland, river valleys and farmland. Kinder Scout is the highest area in the Dark Peak with famous features such as Jacob’s Ladder and Kinder Downfall. The Dales include beautiful, clear river valleys like the Derwent, Dovedale, Lathkill Dale and many others. You will stay in comfortable three star hotels and enjoy excellent food.
Transport will be by either a small, fully fitted coach, in the case of larger parties or comfortable mini-bus, for smaller groups.
The programme is designed for Grades B & C, as described below. With smaller parties you will have one Grassroutes Leader, and the walks will be a mix of grades B & C, according to the make up of the group and its abilities. With larger parties we have one or two Grassroutes Leaders, in which case we offer a choice between a Grade B and C walk each day. The distances and ascents may be modified, according to the abilities and wishes of the party but will generally be as follows :-
Up to 3,000 feet of ascent/descent, on way-marked paths. Terrain may be steeply inclined and rough underfoot, with loose rock at times. Distances 10-15 miles.
Up to 1,500 feet of ascent/descent, on way marked paths, Terrain may be steeply inclined and rough underfoot, with some loose rock. Distances usually up to about 8 miles.
Note: There is no obligation for anyone to walk every day - you may take a day off whenever you wish.