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Limestone Way

Limestone Way

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

3 to 7 nights
28-43 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £315 per person

About the trail

Through the dramatic gorge of Cave Dale, overlooked by the impregnable keep of Peveril Castle, and onward through limestone valleys famous for their wild orchids, the Limestone Way sets out from Castleton into the spectacular White Peak.

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.

Customer reviews from the Limestone Way

“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
“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
“A great variety of scenery and walking experiences. There were beautiful vistas every day and the views from the higher stretches were amazing. Wonderful fields of flowers everywhere.”
Mrs Love, 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
“Thank you for arranging our walk. The accommodations and taxi services were all excellent.”
Mrs Maggs, UK
“The area is fabulous, walking the area was enjoyable and the weather played ball. The accommodation excellent.”
Mrs Rumney, UK
“Beautiful countryside and I was very lucky with the weather. The information I received before the holiday was very detailed and added to the experience. Everything ran smoothly.”
Mrs Crosbie, UK
"Mappleton Bridge" by Sarah Lanchbury (2021)
"Youlgreave Swimming Area" by Sarah Lanchbury (2021)
"A Beautiful Old Handcart" by Pauline Ellington (2017 Photo Competition Winner)
"Hey! You have Grass in your Teeth" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"River Bradford at Youlgreave" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Hay Dale" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Cave Dale" by Val Ball (2017)
"Approaching Parwich" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Ancient and Modern from Bonsall to Tissington" by Val Ball (2017)
"Cave Dale" by Rod Bird (2016 Photo Competition Winner)