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Walking in the Peak District

Escape to the Country
On a budget, Won't break the bank
Age range
35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65 and above

Basing ourselves at the magnificent 17th Century gothic manor that is Ilam Hall Youth Hostel, we will be walking through several of the Peak District's fabulous dales, quaint little villages and along/across rivers including the Dovedale stepping stones.

I have now managed to secure the time off work, so can confirm that this trip is definitely going ahead.  My plan is to travel up on Sunday to arrive at the youth hostel mid afternoon ish.    I would suggest that everyone looks to plan their own way to the venue, until such time as there is a clearer indication of who is going and where they will be travelling from.  I will be driving up and, at the moment, there is a possibility of travelling up together depending on where people are coming from.  Details of transport links can be found further down the page.

The youth hostel has a choice of accommodation, either staying in a 'shared single gender' room (£13 per night) or a private room, with or without an en suite (£39 per night per room, not per person).  I will be opting for a private room with ensuite, so if anyone wishes to share please drop me a line.  I'm happy for everyone to sort out their own accommodation.

The hostel (taken from their website)

"YHA Ilam Hall comprises 25 rooms with a total of 118 beds. We cater for all, with our family en-suite rooms, disabled access rooms and our more traditional dormitory style rooms. Our rooms all have modern beds with integrated reading lamps and plug sockets and are a mixture of bunk beds and double beds. You'll find plenty of space to store your stuff too! Washing facilities are provided in every room. Don’t worry if you don’t book an en-suite, our clean and modern shared bathroom facilities are a maximum of 10 steps from your room door - we’ve counted!

At YHA Ilam Hall we have comfy communal lounge areas, a games room, a bar and reception area with ample seating for guests to enjoy. Our main dining room can seat up to 80 people and we've got beautiful grounds outside to explore. We also have a self-catering kitchen."

I'm totally flexible for everyone to make their own plans with regard to catering.  There is a kitchen on the premises for self-catering, plus they also provide meals on site including breakfast, lunch and supper (2 courses for £9.95).  There is also the Dovedale bar in the village where we could try for dinner one night.


I have a rough itinerary planned, but I'm happy to be flexible with what we do if we come across a preferred option whilst we're there.

I have 3 circular walks on offer, all starting from the youth hostel:

1.  A moderately strenuous hike circling the marriage of the rivers Manifold and Dove whilst ambling at the base of reef knoll hills.  The route passes through quaint little villages steeped in history that are snuggled into hills once described as looking somewhat like a miniature Switzerland.  5 miles

2.  A challenging 10 mile hike to Wetton, where we can stop for lunch, after visiting Thor's Cave.

3.  A lovely walk through one of the Peak District's most famous dales, the beautiful village of Alstonfield, finishing with a traverse around Bunster Hill.  An average walk with a distance of  7.7 miles.

Transport links (taken from the youth hostel's website)

The nearest railway stations are Uttoxeter which is approximately 15 miles away, and Buxton and Derby which are approximately 20 miles away.

The nearest bus stop is in Thorpe village approximately a mile from the hostel.

Moorlands Connect is a bus service with accessible buses which can take you to the hostel from Ashbourne and surrounding Peak District Villages. This must be booked in advance.

There are a number of Taxi services that will collect and drop off at the hostel doors.


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