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Derbyshire & Peak District Tours
Derbyshire and Peak District Tours
Taxis for Tours of Derbyshire
Peak District minibus tours are provided by Galaxy Travel Taxis offering a guided tour of Chatsworth House, famous walks and any other attraction in the Peak District.
We can provide a complete bespoke tour service for walkers, cyclists and visitors to any destination you wish to see in Derbyshire, the Peak District and Yorkshire. Our drivers will meet you at any Train Station or Hotel in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Yorkshire and he/she will be with you for the duration you require. If you want to do a famous Peak District walk, we can drop you off at the start point and meet you at any arrival point, at any time. There is an abundance of fantastic walks and attractions to see; below we have given you a list and a detailed description of some of these famous walks and attractions:
- Chatsworth House
- Haddon Hall
- Bakewell (Bakewell show and market),
- Glacial Gorges
- Peak District
- Eyam village
- Blue John Cavern
- Ashford in the water
- Monsel head
- Cressbrook Hall
- Mam Tor
- Ladybower reservoir
- Tissington Hall
- Bolsover Castle
- Heights of Abraham
- Poole's Cavern and Country Park
- Carsington water
- Peak District Mining Museum
- Crich Tramway Village
- Curbar Edge
Please email or call us to get a quote for your tailor-made Peak District Tours by Galaxy Travel Taxis. We have a whole range of luxury people carriers and minibuses along with an executive Mercedes Viano and Mercedes Benz E350. All of our Peak District and Derbyshire tours, with our drivers and vehicles, can be booked exclusively for you and you only, or if you are travelling on your own, we can charge accordingly to make it cost effective to join other fellow members if preferred.
Simply let us know the following and we will tailor your tour accordingly:
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Please feel free to contact us, and we will be more than happy to help with anything you need to know.
Situated in over 500 square miles of protected countryside the Peak District has a wealth of enchanting villages, historic towns and breathtaking scenery to discover. We know all the best places to stay, places to eat/drink, main attractions & lesser known hidden gems ensuring that you make the most of your time at the Peak.
The Peak District offers some of the best walking and cycling trails England has to offer, from gentle riverside strolls in the limestone dales to spectacular ridge walks in the more rugged north, the Peak District has something for everyone.
All tours are self-led which allows you to travel at your own pace & stop when you wish.
You can choose to have your luggage transferred to you, or if you prefer, we can keep it safe in our vehicle for when you return.
Suggested walks and trails to explore in the Peak District:
This superb route is characterised by ancient limestone villages, green fields & rolling dales. You will appreciate the forces of nature as you pass through a number of spectacular gorges created by a series of successive ice ages. There is a worthwhile walk through the Haddon Estate to the opulent surroundings of Chatsworth House, with a chance to visit the famous house & gardens.
Take time to explore this enchanting town.
Leaving Matlock behind you will climb to the Heights of Abraham (or you can take the cable car) which offers fine views over the fantastic gorge below. You will continue to the typical Peak District village of Bonsal with its interesting architecture & 12th-century church of St James. Here you will join the Limestone Way & venture deeper into the Heart of the White Peak through the picturesque & historical villages of Winster & Birchover.
Continuing north along the Limestone Way you will walk through wonderful rolling green fields to Monyash. Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Maneis, the name Monyash is thought to derive its name from ‘many ash trees’. The village is clustered around a village green & is home to a great pub, known for its excellent food. Here you turn south to Lathkil Dale, surely one of Derbyshire’s prettiest dales, with an abundance of wildflowers & birds. You will continue along the Lathkil Trail to the tiny village of Over Haddon which offers great views over to the Haddon Estate. Perhaps you will arrive in Bakewell before the bakeries close & have time to sample the local pudding before settling into your accommodation for the night.
Leaving Bakewell behind you will pass the attractive woodland at the Manners Estate before dropping down to the picturesque village of Edensor. You will continue to Chatsworth House, one of the grandest houses in the country. Built-in 1549 by the Cavendish family the house was finished by Bess of Hardwick after the death of her husband, Sir William Cavendish. Over the years money continued to pour into Chatsworth, making it an almost unparalleled showcase for art treasures. Every aspect of fine arts is here ranging from old masterpieces, furniture, tapestries, porcelain & alabaster carvings. There are also some fantastic gardens which have a number of interesting features such as the Emperor Fountain, which dominates the Canal Pond & can reach up to 290 feet.
Following the River Wye your journey, South takes you through the Manners Estate, home to Haddon Hall. Haddon is one of the finest examples of a mediaeval manor house currently in existence in England. Next stop is Alport, which in recent times was voted Derbyshire’s prettiest village. Greenfields & woodlands take you through another of the Peak Districts more interesting villages at Stanton in Peak, look out for the inscriptions on some of the older houses in the village! Here you will enter druid country & pass by the nine ladies stone circle, which is of significant archaeological importance. Another fine trail takes you to Darley Bridge where you join the Derwent Valley Heritage Way & follow the River Wye once again, past the Peak Railway and back to Matlock.
The historic village of Hathersage is surrounded by spectacular ridges and tors such as Higger Tor and the Iron Age fort at Carl Wark. Charlotte Bronte stayed at Hathersage vicarage in 1845, and the village itself appears as ‘Morton’ in her novel Jane Eyre. You will pass through North Lees Hall, built by Robert Eyre & walk along the most famous ridge in the Peak District at Stanage Edge. Another fine walk through the Longshaw Estate and along a series of ridges takes you to the river Derwent which has a number of attractive villages each with its own country pub.
A stiff climb out of Hathersage takes you up to the boulder-strewn Higger Tor, Burbage Rocks & onto the Iron Age fort at Carl Wark. A pleasant walk through the Longshaw Estate takes you to the start of a fantastic ridge walk along Froggatt & Curber Edges with stunning views throughout. After a descent to Curber, you join the Derwent Heritage Way which runs by the banks of the River Derwent. You will pass a number of pretty villages, with a number of cosy country pubs to hand.
This walk starts with a climb to North Lees Hall, made famous by Charlotte Bronte in Jayne Eyre. You will continue up to Stanage Edge to reveal fantastic views of the valleys below. A fine ridge walk takes you along this spectacular ridge, popular with climbers and backs down into Hathersage.
This spectacular tour provides immense variety as you pass through some of the Peak Districts most dramatic scenery. A number of stunning ridge walks take you through the Longshaw estate to the Chatsworth Estate & onto Bakewell. The walk from Monsal Head through the limestone gorges of the Wye Valley offers a distinct contrast to the rugged crags around Hathersage. Passing through Tideswell to the infamous village of Eyam provides further stunning views before venturing over to Castleton. Further ridge walks above the Hope & Edale valleys provide fantastic vistas before completing this memorable tour.
Start your journey with a walk to Higger Tor & the remains of the Iron Age fort Carl Wark which offers splendid vistas over the Hope Valley. Further down the trail pass the vertical face of Burbage Rocks before dropping to the Longshaw Estate presented to the National Trust by the Duke of Rutland in 1927. Continue past a succession of gritstone edges including Froggatt, Curber & Baslow, looking out over the Chatsworth Estate. Pass Wellington’s monument before your final descent into Baslow, standing at the northern gates to Chatsworth.
Amble through the impressive Chatsworth Estate with a chance to visit the opulent house & gardens. Often referred to as ‘Palace of the Peak’ Chatsworth is without doubt one of the finest of great houses in Britain. A walk through Manners Wood, part of the Haddon Estate provides an opportunity to visit another of Britain’s great houses, Haddon Hall. The 16th-century terraced gardens are thought by many to be the most romantic in England. Passing through Bakewell, known for its delicious pudding you will arrive at one of Derbyshire's prettiest villages Ashford in the Water. The walk to Monsal Head provides superb views across the Wye Valley & the picture postcard scenery of Monsal Dale.
From Monsal Head, you will follow the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Water-cum-jolly Dale to Millers Dale. Passing through Tideswell Dale takes you to ‘Cathederal of the Peak’ Tideswell, known for its magnificent 14th-century church of St John the Baptist. On through pretty Litton, you will pass through the dramatic gorge at Cressbrook Dale before strolling through Silly Dale to Follow & onto the infamous plague village of Eyam. Eyam is also home to Eyam Hall, a wonderful, unspoilt 17th-century manor house that is now open to the public.
Climb to Bretton which offers marvellous panoramic views over the area. Stroll past Abney Low to the isolated hamlet of Abney before passing Robin Hoods Cross to Bradford Dale. Join the Limestone Way at Old Moor before descending past the 11th century Peveril Castle into Castleton. Situated at the head of the Hope Valley Castleton is a popular place surrounded by dramatic scenery.
The Derwent Valley, where 617 Squadron practised their daring Dambusters raid.
Castleton and Mam Tor
Leaving Castleton behind you will pass by the base of Mam Tor before reaching the spectacular viewpoint at Hollins Cross. A fine ridge walk along ‘The Great Ridge’ offers fantastic panoramic views over the both the Hope & Edale valleys below. More impressive vistas lie in wait as you reach the summit of Win Hill & look out over the Derwent Valley, Ladybower reservoir & Stanage Edge. Descending through attractive pine woodland you will reach the Derwent Valley Heritage Way which takes you along the banks of the River Derwent the rest of the way to Hathersage.
Departing from the attractive spa town of Buxton you will venture south into the White Peak. Crossing the county boundary line into Staffordshire you will stay in Longnor, the location for the TV series ‘Peak Practice'. Visit pretty Hartington before passing some of Derbyshire's most attractive Dales to arrive at spectacular Dovedale. Join the Limestone Way through Tissington, famous for the ancient tradition of well dressing. Visit the Neolithic Nine Ladies stone circle before dropping down to the Derwent Valley & on through Chatsworth. Pass through ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ Tideswell before re-joining the Limestone Way through the Derbyshire Dales nature reserve & back to Buxton.
Arrive at your accommodation in the attractive spa town of Buxton with time to explore this charming town, the highest market town in England.
Stroll through Buxton Country Park to join the Dane Valley trail to the spectacular viewpoint at Axe Edge. Continue along quiet pathways to Hollinsclough past Chrome Hill & Cross the County boundary into Staffordshire to reach the village of Longnor, the location for the TV series ‘Peak Practice’ where you may spot many familiar sights around the village.
Take the splendid trail past Pilsley castle south to Hartington, famous for its magnificent 17th-century hall, a fine example of a typical Peak District manor house. The village is also home to Derbyshire’s last remaining cheese factory which can still be bought from the dairy shop. From here the gorge from Beresford Dale through Wolfcotes Dale offers a dramatic introduction to the karst limestone scenery of the area. The walk from pretty Milldale through Derbyshire's best-known dale, Dovedale shows the beauty of the area to its fullest.
Follow the Limestone Way to Tissington, known for its ancient festival of well-dressing, a custom which dates back to 1350. Tissington is also known for the interesting Norman church of St. Mary & the 500-year-old Tissington Hall which is a well worth a visit. Pass through the delightful, typical Peak District Village of Parwich which lies beneath a massive limestone outcrop which rises to over 1000 feet. Continue along the trail to Winster. This pleasant village has some fine 18th century houses. However, the most impressive building must be the Market House. Owned by the National Trust the rugged Market House dates from the 17th century & is a reminder of Winster’s past importance as a market town.
Continue along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way before turning towards Calver Peak with fine views over a series of Gritstone edges. A pleasant walk to Great Longstone, through Little Longstone, takes you to the spectacular views of Monsal Head. From Monsal Head, you will follow the river Wye along the Monsal Trail through Water-cum-jolly Dale to Millers Dale. Passing through Tideswell Dale takes you to ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ Tideswell, known for its magnificent 14th-century church of St John the Baptist.
These are just a handful of recommended walks and sights; we can tailor your tour towards any of the above or change accordingly to your preferred choice.