Limestone Way

Limestone Way

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

4 to 7 nights
43 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £435 per person

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About this route

Our Limestone Way walking holiday takes in 43 miles of the White Peak region of the Peak District National Park. While the full official trail stretches between Castleton and Rocester, our tour is slightly shorter, beginning at Castleton and completing via a small diversion in 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.

© Contours Walking Holidays 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£435
LIME2 From Castleton to Ashbourne 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£540
LIME3 From Castleton to Ashbourne 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£650
LIME4 From Castleton to Ashbourne 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate£755

Limestone Way 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

The ancient custom of well dressing occurs in many Derbyshire towns and villages between May and September. 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, please check the Visit Peak District website here.


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

Day 1

Castleton to Monyash(L). 14 miles (22km) / 1978 ft (603 m) ascent

Day 2

Monyash(L) to Brassington(T). 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 2126 ft (648 m) ascent

Day 3

Brassington(T) to Ashbourne. 13 miles (20.5km) / 1043 ft (318 m) ascent


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.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

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 travel 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 on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 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)
£60.00 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

Route Profile

Limestone Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you 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 - Buses run from Hope to Castleton. There is a bus service from Ashbourne to Uttoxeter Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday. Buses run from Ashbourne to Derby.

From London - Trains run from London St Pancras International, London Kings Cross 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 a taxi from Ashbourne to Castleton, as there are no suitable public transport options.

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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Customer reviews from the Limestone Way

“It was lovely to explore places close to home which we hadn't visited before, and without just driving through them. A lovely walk with all arrangements running smoothly. This was already our 6th walk, and we're planning our next year's walks with you.”
Mrs Ellington, UK
“The path was gorgeous! We did a ‘bio blitz’ with a fun app called iNaturalist and we found 157 species on this one path. My mother is converted – she’ll never go back to car tourism again. We had the time of a lifetime.”
Dr Davidson, USA
“Contours staff were helpful, well informed and very efficient at all times during the booking of this year’s walking holiday.”
Mr Pearce, UK
“We thoroughly enjoyed our first walk with Contours. We much enjoyed the walk and you will certainly be hearing from us again.”
Mr Ellicock, UK
“Generally this is a lovely walk. Particular highlights were Cave Dale, and sections between Winster and Bonsall and Brassington and Parwich.”
Mr Parish, UK
“Brilliant tour! We loved the Peak District and the organisation was excellent. We also had perfect weather, very good accommodation and great pubs for dinner. We loved every bit of it. This was my third trip with Contours and I can recommend it to everyone.”
Ms Ettelt, UK
“Thank you for arranging our walk. The accommodations and taxi services were all excellent.”
Mrs Maggs, UK
“I enjoyed all of it, although there were times when I wondered when the endless fields would end! If I had to pick one short stretch to say was my absolute favourite, I would say Castleton to Old Moor via Cave Dale.”
Mr Aston, UK
“I should like to give praise to all our hosts and their staff without exception. Everyone was wonderfully helpful.”
Ms Cumming, UK
"Mappleton Bridge" by Sarah Lanchbury (2021) "Mappleton Bridge" by Sarah Lanchbury (2021)
"Youlgreave Swimming Area" by Sarah Lanchbury (2021) "Youlgreave Swimming Area" by Sarah Lanchbury (2021)
"A Beautiful Old Handcart" by Pauline Ellington (2017 Photo Competition Winner) "A Beautiful Old Handcart" by Pauline Ellington (2017 Photo Competition Winner)
"Hey! You have Grass in your Teeth" by Pauline Ellington (2017) "Hey! You have Grass in your Teeth" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"River Bradford at Youlgreave" by Pauline Ellington (2017) "River Bradford at Youlgreave" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Hay Dale" by Pauline Ellington (2017) "Hay Dale" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Cave Dale" by Val Ball (2017) "Cave Dale" by Val Ball (2017)
"Approaching Parwich" by Pauline Ellington (2017) "Approaching Parwich" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Ancient and Modern from Bonsall to Tissington" by Val Ball (2017) "Ancient and Modern from Bonsall to Tissington" by Val Ball (2017)
"Cave Dale" by Rod Bird (2016 Photo Competition Winner) "Cave Dale" by Rod Bird (2016 Photo Competition Winner)