Limestone Way

Limestone Way

A walk through the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, from Rocester to Castleton.

3 to 8 nights
28-47 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £370 per person

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About the trail

From the impregnable keep of Peveril Castle to the dramatic gorge of Cave Dale, the Limestone Way explores some of the most spectacular sights the White Peak region of the Peak District National Park has to offer.

This area is full of craggy limestone outcroppings and ancient woodland awash with wildflowers, and it’s rich in historic villages, too. It all comes together as an unparalleled mix of dramatic landscapes, tranquil spaces, and welcoming, stone-built settlements.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

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About this route

3 to 5 nights
28 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £370 per person

Limestone Way Highlights

Depart from the trail's starting point at Matlock on a short break along the most picturesque stretch of the Limestone Way. Orchids crowd the woodland floor on tranquil trails through the dales, while white-throated dippers flit beside riverside paths along the River Bradford.

As welcoming local villages provide natural rest stops along the trail, this is the perfect gentle walk, offset by dramatic limestone scenery and brilliant viewpoints such as Robin Hood’s Stride.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
LIMEH1 From Matlock to Castleton 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £370
LIMEH2 From Matlock to Castleton 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £490
LIMEH3 From Matlock to Castleton 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy / Moderate £610

Limestone Way Highlights 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

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 Matlock where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Matlock to Monyash(L). 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 2110 ft (643 m) ascent

Day 2

Monyash(L) to Castleton. 14.5 miles (23km) / 1640 ft (500 m) ascent


Depart from Castleton 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Limestone Way Highlights map
Matlock to Castleton
28 miles (45 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the fine limestone scenery of the White Peak, including caves, cliffs, and rocky formations.

Visiting the many charming Derbyshire towns and villages along the trail.

Experiencing the classic Derbyshire landscape: a mix of rolling pastures criss-crossed by drystone walls, shady woodland and beautiful valleys.

What's included?

  • 3 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.

Matlock is a thriving town with shops and miles of walks through the surrounding countryside. It is a short walk from the former spa resort of Matlock Bath, where there are shops, cafes and the famous Heights of Abraham country park and caverns, accessed by cable car. Matlock is also a good base from which to explore at the start of your holiday.

Castleton is a wonderful place to explore at the end 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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Code: LIMEH1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Matlock
End of holiday: Castleton

Route Profile

Limestone Way Highlights 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 airport are Manchester and East Midlands.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Matlock). The nearest rail station at the end of the trail (Castleton) is at Hope (about 2.5 miles away).

By Bus - There are various bus services from Matlock. There is a bus service from Hope to Castleton Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run from London St Pancras International, London King's Cross and London Euston stations to Matlock.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Castleton to Matlock. Alternatively, a bus can be caught from Castleton to Bakewell, followed by another bus to Matlock, but this would take much longer.

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.