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 £330 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

“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
“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
“Contours staff were helpful, well informed and very efficient at all times during the booking of this year’s walking holiday.”
Mr Pearce, UK
“3rd Contours walking holiday and unless you find some way of controlling the weather then couldn’t be better. Thank you.”
Mr Barker, 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
“The area is fabulous, walking the area was enjoyable and the weather played ball. The accommodation excellent.”
Mrs Rumney, 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
“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
"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)