The Well-Dressed Peaks
Friday, June 26th

Peak District Steam Railway Holiday

Peak District
Friday, June 26th
4 days
Price: £609
At last, a Peak District holiday actually based in the Peak District – how novel! What a lovely area this is with wild uplands, stone walled fields and deep gorges – it’s gorgeous! Lots of transport interest as well with steam railways, trams and even a gondola ride to enjoy. We’ve also purposefully timed this holiday to coincide with the local tradition of well-dressing adding to the local flavour. Join us in the highest market town in England for a fun-filled summer escape.

Outline Itinerary


At around lunchtime we meet at Matlock Bath Station and the holiday starts with a visit to The Heights of Abraham. We will be whisked across the Derwent Gorge by enclosed gondola up to a popular country park with stunning views and show-caves to explore. After this excitement we’ll trundle up the A6 to Bakewell where time is allowed to appreciate the annual well-dressing festival – well, well, a bit of local flavour to savour!


After breakfast we take a leisurely drive clean across the Peaks, via Ashbourne, to the Churnet Valley Railway. This railway is a delight, running alongside the Caulden Canal and River Churnet. Later in the day it’s a short hop across to Blythe Bridge for the Foxfield Railway. Real Ale bar, miniature railway, museum and a steam train ride with an industrial feel. We travel back via Leek and a scenic run “over the top” and back to Buxton.


First off this morning we’re heading for a steamy start at Peak Rail running on the old Derby to Manchester route between Matlock and Rowsley South. Later we get some industrial heritage in with visits to Cromford Workshops and Middleton Top that linked canal and railway years ago. Our day concludes with our friends at Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. They have over 14 miles of running line between Wirksworth and Duffield and we are guaranteed a hospitable welcome.


Time for one more highlight this morning and a literal one as well. We’re off up into the hills for the excellent National Tramway Museum at Crich. Ride the trams, see the exhibits and enjoy one of the country’s premier nostalgic transport attractions before homeward bound journeys commence from Derby after lunch (included today).

Our Hotel

The Palace Hotel, Buxton
This large hotel stands in an elevated position opposite Buxton Railway Station in substantial grounds and gardens. Buxton grew up as a spa town attracting Victorian visitors from far afield and so a number of grand accommodations appeared. This hotel encapsulates those times with high ceilings, chandeliers and a piano bar whilst added in more recent times are a leisure club and pool. Rooms have all the facilities one would expect of a three star and the Dovedale Restaurant serves an extensive hot and cold buffet.

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Peak District Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: WD4/1
Friday, June 26th
4 days
Single supplement £15.00 per night

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