Walking in the Peak District
- No fly
- Half board
Moors, dales, rivers and caverns...
The Peak District is the UK’s oldest National Park, and this four-night holiday offers the chance to explore the walking trails through steep limestone valleys, alongside glorious rivers, past iconic landmarks to picturesque villages. The locally rated 4-star Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel (4Q) in Sheffield is located just seven miles from the Peak District, so makes the ideal base to discover this world of contrasting beauty. Look forward to three included walks in the company of your Expert Host, as well as time to explore independently.
All breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, and all dinners
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
Three guided walks
- Ashford in the Water and Monsal Dale
- Dovedale Walk
- Five Dales Walk
Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire S4 7YE (S1 2AU - helps to find entrance of hotel) Tel: 0114 276 8822
Situated at the end of a private drive and just under a mile or about twenty minutes’ walk from the city centre, the 4-star Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria (4Q) (formerly the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria) is a Grade II-listed building offering charm and character while being tastefully and sympathetically decorated throughout. Being just seven miles from the Peak District, it is also wonderfully suited to visit the national park.
All 105 rooms come with a private bath and/or shower, a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi for Saga guests. Room service is available for an extra charge, and for a touch of luxury and a great night’s sleep you can choose whether you would like a firm or soft pillow from the pillow menu.
Upgrade to a deluxe room from £60 per person per stay, subject to availability (based on a single room).
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Relax in the Grand Lounge Bar and enjoy a variety of drinks and cocktails, before dining in Cunningham’s restaurant.
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 Holiday Inn 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. 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.
Once you arrive 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.
Diarmid ‘Dee’ Doody
Your host for this special interest holiday, ‘Dee’ to his friends, is a passionate naturalist. Having provided his expertise to the reintroduction of the red kite to Scotland and monitored the species’ population in Wales, Dee has also worked as a television presenter and filmmaker for a selection of wildlife programmes shown on ITV.
Ashford in the Water and Monsal Dale
Distance: 6 miles
Begin your walk in Ashford in the Water, a small village on the River Wye, known for quarrying Ashford Black Marble. Climb uphill as you leave the village, following the ridgetop through fields towards Monsal Head. Here the path winds steeply down to the river and the old railway viaduct, one of the most photographed spots in Derbyshire. After crossing the river, the walk continues through beautiful countryside and pretty woodland trails back to Ashford in the Water.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Distance: 6.8 miles
Discover the most famous of the Peak District’s dales on this circular walk of Dovedale. Walk from the lower end of the dale to the tiny hamlet of Milldale, following the steep-sided ravine and heading over the popular stepping stone crossing the River Dove. The more challenging return half of the hike crosses Viators Bridge and climbs to the summit of Bailey Hill, before descending to Nabs Dale. Continue through the woods to Dove Holes, then ascend gradually back over Dovedale and the Tissington Spires through Sharplow Dale. Arriving at Lover’s Leap, follow the path back to the stepping stones and your start point.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Five Dales Walk
Distance: 6.5 miles
This circular walk explores the five dales of Tansley, Cressbrook, Water-cum-jolly, Miller and Tideswell, each quite different in character. From the attractive village of Tideswell, head east to Litton village, then head downhill into Tansley Dale where you’ll walk along the bottom of the dale to where it meets Cressbrook Dale. Follow a climbing path, offering superb views, then downhill through woodland towards Cressbrook Mill. Continue through the wooded valley of Water-cum-jolly Dale and Miller Dale, then join the Monsal Trail. Admire the impressive views of the surrounding countryside then drop down to a section of the disused railway, following the path back to Tideswell Dale.
Included on 4 nights itinerary