Limestone Way

A self-guided walking holiday from Castleton to Ashbourne through the beautiful White Peaks.

4 to 6 nights
43 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £350 per person

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About this route

The full Limestone Way walking holiday takes in 43 miles of the White Peak region of the Peak District National Park, starting from Castleton and meandering down to Ashbourne.

This trail showcases some of the finest scenery on offer in this area, featuring limestone crags, quiet woodlands, sweeping valleys and the gorge of Cave Dale, to name just a few. Coupled with a smattering of ancient villages and historic landmarks along the way, this walk has plenty of attractions to entice and entertain walkers from start to finish.

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Limestone Way map
Castleton to Ashbourne
43 miles (69 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Relaxing in quiet, cosy villages such as Castleton, Youlgreave, Brassington and Tissington.

Marvelling at the white limestone formations dotted along the route.

Dipping from fields hemmed with drystone walls into dells carpeted with moss and steep-sided gorges cloaked in woodland.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
LIME1 From Castleton to Ashbourne 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£350
LIME2 From Castleton to Ashbourne 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£435
LIME3 From Castleton to Ashbourne 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£520

Limestone Way 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

The ancient custom of well dressing occurs in many Derbyshire towns and villages between May and September. Although the well dressings are often left in place for a week or more, most villages hold a ‘dedication day’ whereby the wells are blessed and people gather to celebrate. For many villages, the dedication also marks the start of ‘wakes week’, a series of events and celebrations that end in a carnival. Due to the increase in people visiting such villages and taking part in well dressing celebrations, availability at accommodations in the surrounding area can be affected. If you would like to walk during this time, please contact us to discuss availability and we will be happy to assist.

Please note that Castleton, Monyash, Youlgreave, Bonsall and, most famously, Tissington, all hold well dressing celebrations. For more information about well dressing, where and when the events occur, the following website is useful: http://www.peakdistrictinformation.com/features/welllist.php      

Start

Travel to Castleton where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Castleton to Monyash. 14 miles (22km)

Day 2

Monyash to Brassington. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 3

Brassington to Ashbourne. 13 miles (20.5km)

Finish

Depart from Ashbourne after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra day to explore the sights and sounds of Derbyshire can be the perfect way to extend your holiday.

Castleton is a wonderful place to explore at the start of your holiday. With a range of caverns and show caves; the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle; quaint tea rooms; shops selling the area?s famous Blue John and surrounded by wonderfully steep hills including Mam Tor, it is not surprising that Castleton is so popular.

Ashbourne is a thriving market town with shops, cafes, galleries and miles of way marked footpaths. It rests on the edge of the Peak District National Park, making it a good base from which to explore at the end of your holiday.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 43 miles (69 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (20.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: LIME1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Castleton
End of holiday: Ashbourne

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester and East Midlands.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Castleton) is at Hope (about 2.5 miles away). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Ashbourne) are either Uttoxeter (about 14 miles away) or Derby (about 14.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Castleton and from Ashbourne.

From London - Trains run from London St Pancras and London St Euston stations to Hope. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Castleton.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the bus from Ashbourne to Castleton.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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