Limestone Way

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

3 to 6 nights
27-43 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £280 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 walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Customer reviews from the Limestone Way

“3rd Contours walking holiday and unless you find some way of controlling the weather then couldn’t be better. Thank you.”
Mr Barker, UK
“I should like to give praise to all our hosts and their staff without exception. Everyone was wonderfully helpful.”
Ms Cumming, UK
“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
“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
"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)