Dovedale & The Roaches Walking Weekend
Our Dovedale and The Roaches walking weekend offers some of the finest scenic guided walking at lower heights with plenty of hidden gems and amazing scenery to see. The weekend walks in the White Peak of the Peak District National Park makes the most of this fantastic scenery amongst a diverse mix of heather landscape and dramatic rock formations that make this region particularly unique.
- Fully guided walking holiday
- Dramatic limestone landscapes
- Rock formations along The Roaches
- Walking across the stepping stones at Dovedale
- Stunning scenery
- Enjoyable social evenings
Accommodation at YHA Hartington Hall (Optional)
For the weekend walking holiday we have reserved a number of beds in male shared and female shared bunkrooms at YHA Hartington Hall. Accommodation is for 2 nights in a shared bunkroom, including breakfast. Private twin rooms available subject to availability, please contact us before booking. Log fires, oak panelling, landscaped grounds, makes this 17th century manor house perfect for weekend getaways in Derbyshire. The hostel is in a lovely, unspoilt area of the Peak District National Park – just right for walking holidays.
If you prefer to find your own accommodation, please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab for alternative accommodation suggestions.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at YHA Hartington Hall in the village of Hartington. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 2 – The Roaches 9 miles (14.4km), with 1630 ft (497m) of ascent
Complimentary transport from Hartington village will leave at 9.30am to take us to the start of a circular guided walk along The Roaches. This is a stunning walking region with dramatic rock features and elevated scenic viewpoints. Exploring the grit-stone ridge of The Roaches the walk has views of Jodrell Bank Observatory and takes us to Lud’s Church, a deep chasm of rock and lichen caused by a long-ago collapsed cave system. At 9 miles and 1630ft of overall hill ascent the walk is a good Grade 2 walk.
At the end of the walk and time for refreshments at the nearby café, our transport will take us back to Hartington village.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Hartington, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 – Dovedale 8.4 miles (13.5km), with 1568 ft (478m) of ascent
Today’s linear guided walk starts in Dovedale, a renowned beauty spot in the Peak District, and follows a picturesque countryside footpath back to Hartington village. In the morning, our transport will start out from Hartington village to take us to Ilam where todays walk begins.
Dovedale and the famous ‘Stepping Stones offers a stunning walk at any time of the year with interesting limestone features in this popular beauty spot, rich in scenery and a diverse landscape.
The walk and holiday finishes between 3-4pm.
The optional accommodation for the weekend walking holiday is YHA Hartington Hall, Derbyshire. Rooms are shared male and shared female bunkrooms and the package includes 2 nights bed with breakfast.
If you require help with booking alternative accommodation you may find the following links useful:
The Charles Cotton Hotel accommodation in Hartington
Booking.com search for accommodation in Hartington, Derbyshire
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to, Hartington for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
Food & Drink
Meals included during the holiday: All breakfasts (with YHA Hartington accommodation option).
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route. YHA Hartington Hall has a well equipped self catering kitchen with fridges and storage space to enable you to store snacks and packed lunch items if you wish to prepare your own packed lunches. Alternatively, packed lunches for the walks can be purchased from the hostel (approx. £6.25).
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Hartington is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
- A towel, if staying at YHA Hartington
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm at YHA Hartington Hall
Walking Days – 9.30am at YHA Hartington Hall
Address: YHA Hartington Hall, Hall Bank, Hartington, SK17 0AT