The Peak Pilgrimage: Ilam to Eyam Grade: Low Moderate Plus


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4 nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 4 Maximum 10
Holiday Dates
1 - 5 July 2024, Mon - Fri 4 nights
Hartington, Peak District
Walk Grade
Low Moderate Plus
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance


The Peak Pilgrimage is a long distance footpath designed to link some of the most idyllic villages of the Peak District. It begins in the White Peak and follows some of the most spectacular limestone dales before entering the Dark Peak where moorland prevails.

We start in the pretty village of Ilam, itself a centre of pilgrimage for a 1000 years. From here, we enter Dove Dale, perhaps the best known of the Peak District dales with its iconic stepping stones. And after a visit to Alstonefield,, we continue north to Hartington.

From Hartington, the trail continues and we visit Monyash, Lathkill Dale and then on to Bakewell,famed for its pudding. From here highlights include the unique village of Edensor, part of the Chatsworth Estate, Chatsworth Park, the River Derwent and finally Eyam. Eyam, aka the “plague village” is a wonderful place to end our walk, full of interest and with an astonishing history.

We will stay at the lovely Hartington Hall Youth Hostel throughout our walking break. This 17th Century manor house has some wonderful original features and a tranquil location.

The 35 mile guided walk takes 3.5 days with the longest day being 11 miles and the last day being 6 miles so that we can travel home in the afternoon.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1 Arrival: Arrive at Hartington Youth Hostel and settle in. Holiday briefing followed by dinner.

Day 2: Ilam to Hartington Our pilgrimage begins in pretty Ilam with its quaint architecture and imposing hall, now a youth hostel. From here, we walk through popular Dove Dale, crossing the iconic stepping stones en route to Alstonefield and then Wolfscote Dale. We finish our journey today back in Hartington. 11 miles / 390m ascent

Day 3: Hartington to Monyash Today, we walk from the door and soon hit the Pennine Bridleway and the Tissington Trail with some great views of the surrounding limestone scenery. We turn off the Trail at Hurdlow and head to the pretty village of Monyash where we finish today’s journey. 10 miles / 240m

Day 4: Monyash to Chatsworth House Leaving the village, we soon find ourselves walking through the impressive Lathkill Dale which leads us to Over Haddon. From here, it is on to Bakewell, the largest town in the Peak District and best known for its pudding. Next, it is over the hill to gain magnificent views of Chatsworth House before descending to Edensor, a unique village with plenty to catch the eye. From here, we cross over to Chatsworth House which lies on the bank of the river and is a sight to behold. 10 miles / 340m ascent

Day 5: Chatsworth House to Eyam From Chatsworth, we head into the village of Baslow where we pick up the pretty trail along the River Derwent. Heading away from the river, we start our ascent to Stoney Middleton and then on to Eyam, passing the boundary stone, an important piece of social history linked to the plague. In Eyam, we end at the parish church with its stained glass window portraying the story of the plague which decimated the village in 1665/6. After taking some time to explore Eyam, we head back to Hartington for our journeys home. 6 miles / 250m ascent

Feedback from a previous trip:“Enjoyed it enormously. Loveliest countryside imaginable…And being by the streams, especially in Dovedale. The guiding was perfect. All the necessary info given and a fount of knowledge when asked about the extra bits.” Ros
“Thank you for a great few days walking in the Peak District. It really is a beautiful area. The holiday was good value, your local knowledge excellent and, as always, it was a pleasure to walk with you and I hope to do so again before too long.” Maria

Single Room Non-Ensuite £595 / Single Occupancy of a Double Non-Ensuite £655/ Single Occupancy Ensuite £695 / Single Occupancy of Premium Double Ensuite £725 Twin Shared Ensuite Dorm £550 per person Please note: If there is nobody available to share a room, you will be charged the single occupancy price. Price Includes: 
  • 4 nights full board accommodation
  • Transport to walks each day
  • Pilgrimage handbook for stamps
Not Included:
  • Transport to Hartington
  • Drinks and Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
Low Moderate Plus.The walks on this guided holiday are between 6 and 11 miles long on good footpaths. There is no challenging terrain in terms of steep edges, etc. Although there is 1 steep downhill slope to contend with, the low moderate plus grade is more due to the length of some of the days rather than the overall difficulty.
We will stay at the lovely Hartington Hall Youth Hostel, a former 17th century manor house with some lovely original features. Please note however, that this is a youth hostel and the facilities and rooms reflect this. The rooms are of a typical size and standard that you would expect from a hostel. The food is good and is standard fare suited to a walking holiday.
Your guide for this holiday is Clare Kelly, owner of Her on a Hill with over 20 years experience as a walking guide.
Hartington Youth Hostel Hall Bank, Buxton, Hartington, Derbyshire, SK17 0A YHA Hartington is signed from the centre of Hartington village, three miles off the A515 Buxton-Ashbourne road. The nearest train staion is Derby and you can get a bus from here to Ashbourne.It will then be a long bus journey or a taxi ride.


Available Dates: Please select a date below
  • 01/07/2024
Total: 595.00