Fri 20th January 2023
- Mon 23rd January 2023
We love to walk all year round and we started our Winter Revival series last year. In 2023 we bring you a variety of city and country walks to keep moving and getting out and about. Always with cosy hotels to return to. Do join us in Buxton within the Peak District National Park where we will discover the lesser known Staffordshire Moorlands and surrounding area. Staying in the heart of the town we have plenty of cafes and pubs to warm up in after our bracing walks! Keep those legs moving all year round!
Date: Friday January 20th to Monday January 23rd 2023
Please arrive by Friday lunchtime for a Friday afternoon walk.
We will have longer walks on Saturday and Sunday and departure on Monday after breakfast.
Guide: Alison Carr our local guide
Walking Grade: 2 Goat as we expect to do some bracing winter walks that are long but with little ascent and descent. This could vary depending on the weather.
Base: Old Hall Hotel reputed to be the oldest hotel in England dating back to 1573.Built by the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury:the Countess being the well known ‘Bess of Hardwick” Mary Queen of Scots was under house arrest here. A historic place for a winter revival break.
There is a train station in Buxton with many connecting services making it an accessible destination.
Price: £500 per person for this holiday to include:
- Dinner, bed and breakfast
- Lunches packed or in cafe’s depending on the weather
- 3 guided walks to discover the area
- Local transport required for walks
- Travel to Buxton
- Drinks from the bar
The Staffordshire Moorlands is an area often bypassed as people walk in the more well known parts of the Peak District National Park. These moorlands offer so much, from lush river valleys along the Dane and the Goyt, to the evocative moorland plateaus and views across the three counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
At the centre of our weekend is the spa town of Buxton, established by the Romans and developed ever since. Mary, Queen of Scots, visited frequently and indeed stayed each time at the hotel where we will be. You can drink the wonderful Buxton Water meant to rejuvenate!
We felt that this would be a great location for a short winter break. There is lots to do in Buxton if the weather is bad. The hotel is cosy and this holiday has all meals included so there is no need to venture out in the evenings. Our guide has planned walks to help you discover this area often overlooked in favour of the Peak District. We like to walk in more hidden places and learn about new areas.
There are also many places to visit nearby such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall as well as the market town of Bakewell home to the famous pudding. If you have a few more days to spare you could stay on to explore further.
Itinerary subject to change depending on the weather. Our guide will brief you before each walk.
Day 1 Friday afternoon – a warm up walk
A short walk to Solomon’s Temple for views across the town and beyond, returning via Buxton Country Park and Poole’s Cavern.
Day 2 – Saturday
A longer walk to Three Shires Head where the counties meet at an intersection of streams, returning via the village of Flash, which claims to have the highest pub in England.
Day 3 – Sunday
Striking out in a different direction from Buxton, towards the Goyt Valley, we will ascend the gentle slopes of Cats Tor and Shining Tor to enjoy far-reaching views before returning via Errwood reservoir.
Day 4 – Monday Departure