- Chatsworth House
Splendours of the Peak District for solo travellers
Peak District, UK
- No fly
- Solo Travellers
- Half board
Enjoy the Peak District delights
This holiday for solo travellers explores the UK's oldest National Park, the Peak District. Discover the walking trails around the beauty spots of the limestone 'White Peak' and gritstone 'Dark Peak', which are held dear by those who know them. Your hotel, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel (4Q), is located in Sheffield, just seven miles from the national park, so it’s the ideal base for visiting treasures such as the charming town of Bakewell and Chatsworth House, the stately home of the Duke and Duchess and Devonshire.
4 nights at your hotel
8 meals: 4 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)
Local expert guide
- Cancellation rights
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Welcome drink and dinner
- Social activities
- Farewell dinner
- Hotel porterage
Excursions and visits
- Guided walk and tram ride in Buxton (full day)
- Visit Chatsworth House (half day)
- Guided walk in Bradford Dale before a visit to Bakewell (full day)
Day 1 Sheffield
Settle into your hotel and join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Bakewell
Dig out your walking boots and begin your day with a stroll through the Peak District. Enjoy a guided walk along beautiful Lathkill Dale, a lesser frequented gem renowned for its crystal clear water and prevalence of brown trout and water birds such as the Dipper.
You will then visit the town of Bakewell. This charming settlement claims to have accommodated Jane Austen - at the Rutland Arms Hotel - during her revision of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. But it is not simply for literary connections that Bakewell is known; following a light sandwich lunch, you will have the opportunity to make and sample your very own Bakewell Pudding, named after the town, but distinctly different to the Bakewell Tart. Those who are interested will have the opportunity to make your own pudding to take home in the original Bakewell Pudding shop. B, D
Day 3 Buxton
At the heart of the Peak District National Park is Buxton, a spa town that has flourished thanks to its geothermal spring and, like many settlements in the area, was bolstered as a holiday destination thanks to the construction of a railway line.
Enjoy a guided heritage walk, pausing outside many of Buxton’s notable landmarks - perhaps including the restored Buxton Thermal Baths and the Palace Hotel, illustrating the area’s Victorian popularity. It’s then time to step back in time by boarding a vintage tram for a trundle through the town. B, D
Day 4 Chatsworth House
It is a stately home that requires little introduction. Chatsworth House was built by order of Sir William Cavendish in the 16th century with profits from the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Since then it has provided a home to 16 generations of the Cavendish family and today boasts a collection of more than 25,000 pieces of artwork from the ancient world to the modern-day.
During your visit, we invite you to revel in the undeniable opulence of the Painted Hall, used to welcome guests, and State Drawing Room, intended to host a monarch. Paintings, sculptures and eye-catching antiques adorn almost every surface and ceiling in the house. Follow your interior visit with a stroll through the 105-acre garden that has evolved over 450 years and is reflected in the many water features that punctuate this natural wonderland. B, D
Day 5 Farewell
Having been introduced to the Peak District, it is time to part; but like old friends, you may already be making plans to see the national park again soon. B
The focus of your trip may be the Peak District, with its captivating natural landscapes, but perhaps spend your leisure time exploring Sheffield, founded in the 12th century and becoming a titan of industry in the 19th. Begin with a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, which - depending on the time of year - burst with colour, followed by an exterior visit to the Crucible - a secular site of pilgrimage for snooker fans everywhere. During your free time in the town of Buxton, we heartily recommend a visit to the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, offering an excellent insight into local history.
Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel (4Q)
An elegant echo of Sheffield’s Victorian glory days, your hotel for this Stay and Discover experience is the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria. Situated in a peaceful location at the end of a private drive and just under a mile or about twenty minutes’ walk from the city centre, this 4-star hotel neighbours the meandering river Don and is perfect for exploring Sheffield during your free time. Being just seven miles from the Peak District, it is also wonderfully suited to visit the national park.
All 105 rooms have a private bath and/or shower, a television, direct-dial telephone, tea or coffee-making facilities, a safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Room service is available for an extra charge. You can look forward to dining in the hotel's Cunningham's Restaurant and relaxing in the Grand Lounge Bar.
Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire S4 7YE.
0114 276 8822
Approaching from the M1, exit at Junction 33 and follow signs for Sheffield City Centre for about six miles. On reaching Park Square roundabout follow signs for A61N. Exit the roundabout in the far right lane of the A61N Barnsley. Follow tourism signs for the hotel and turn right onto Furnival Road at the first set of traffic lights (50 yards from roundabout). The hotel is situated on your immediate left, located at the end of a private drive. If you use a satellite navigation system, please direct it to Victoria Station Road, as due to a glitch in the satellite system, using the postcode will not take you to the hotel!
There will be free parking at the hotel for Saga guests. Please register your vehicle when you check-in.
The closest rail station to the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria is Sheffield Railway Station, just under a mile from the hotel and about a 20-minute walk. Details of train services may be obtained from National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484950 or through their website nationalrail.co.uk. Taxis are available outside the station and will cost approximately £6.
By National Express coach
The nearest National Express coach stop is in Sheffield city centre coach station, which is also just under a mile from the hotel and about a 20 minute walk. For details of services please telephone 08705 808080.
Transfers to and from the hotel are not included. Your Saga host will meet you on arrival at the hotel.
If you wish to pre book a taxi the hotel recommends City Taxis, telephone number 0114 239 3939. City Taxis are not associated with Saga, any contract is between you and them. All queries about their service must be referred directly to them.
Your room will be ready to check into from 2pm onwards. If you arrive earlier than this, your room may not be ready. Porterage of luggage from reception to your room on arrival and from your room to reception on departure has been arranged by Saga.
There will be a special interest departure of this tour for hiking enthusiasts departing 27th June 2021. The tour will include guided walks accompanied by expert naturalist Dee Doodie across the National Park in the White Peak, High Peak and Dark Peak. Please call for details.