White Peak Way

White Peak Way

A circular walking holiday through the magnificent Peak District National Park.

4 to 12 nights
46-97 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £490 per person

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About the trail

From the Georgian streets of the old spa-town of Buxton, the White Peak Way dips through seven distinct dales of the Peak District National Park. It clambers along ridges and traverses gritstone edges, wanders the green grounds of Chatsworth House, follows riverbanks through tranquil valleys, and even explores the rock chambers, tunnels and steps carved by an eccentric Victorian vicar. Historic villages such as Bakewell and Youlgreave also add to the character of the area, with their distinctive pastries and traditions, giving this walk a well-rounded, charming atmosphere throughout. Book a walking holiday on the White Peak Way and immerse yourself in this beautiful region.

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.

Choose your route

  • White Peak Way
  • White Peak Way - South Section
  • White Peak Way - North Section

About this route

4 to 7 nights
46 miles
Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £490 per person

White Peak Way - North Section

The northern arc of the White Peak Way explores some of the best-loved scenery in Derbyshire, crossing farmland, following riverbanks, and taking in limestone scenery as it passes from Buxton to Bakewell.

Overlooked by the haunting ruins of Peveril Castle and the looming silhouette of Kinder Scout, the trail winds between characterful villages and staggering rock formations, such as the Salt Cellar and Wheel Stones. Chatsworth House provides a stately side to the walk, with its extensive gardens and grand house.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
WPWN1 From Buxton to Bakewell 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding £490
WPWN2 From Buxton to Bakewell 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding £615
WPWN3 From Buxton to Bakewell 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £735
WPWN4 From Buxton to Bakewell 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £855

White Peak Way - North Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Travel to Buxton where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Buxton to Castleton. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 2

Castleton to Hathersage. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 3

Hathersage to Bakewell. 12.5 miles (20km)


Depart from Bakewell 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
£75.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£60.00 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 White Peak Way - North Section map
Buxton to Bakewell
46 miles (74 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Walking along the dramatic gritstone edge at Froggatt and Curbar, with classic Derbyshire scenery below.

Stopping to visit the extraordinary Chatsworth House, used as the set for Pride and Prejudice.

Celebrating the completion of your walk with a slice of traditional Bakewell Pudding.

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

Rest days provide the opportunity to explore some of the fascinating little towns along the trail. Whether you spend the day writing postcards or exploring interesting locations, an extra night is the perfect way to extend your holiday.

The splendid old spa town of Buxton is worth considering for an extra night at the start of the trail. Amongst the many fine buildings is The Crescent, built in the 18th century by the Duke of Devonshire to rival its namesake in Bath; the Old Hall Hotel, which once played host to Mary Queen of Scots; the Opera House; the Devonshire Hospital, built in 1790 as stabling for the horses of gentry 'taking the waters', its magnificent 164ft dome was for many years the world's largest domed roof; and the Pump Room. Poole's Cavern, on the outskirts of the town is one of the finest show caves in the Peak District.

Castleton is a lovely little village and is a good choice for a rest day if you would like to visit the impressive show caves of Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern.

The attractive market town of Bakewell, famous for its delicious Bakewell Pudding, is a popular choice. The Old House Museum was built in the reign of Henry VIII and includes many items of interest. Haddon Hall, one of the finest medieval manor houses in England is just two miles south of the town and is well worth a visit. It is worth considering spending a day exploring the house and grounds of Chatsworth House, some four miles away.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 46 miles (73.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Code: WPWN1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Buxton
End of holiday: Bakewell

Route Profile

White Peak Way - North Section 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, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Buxton). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Bakewell) are either Matlock (about 8.5 miles away) or Buxton (about 12 miles away).

By Bus

Various bus services run to Buxton. Buses run to Matlock and Buxton from Bakewell.

From London

Trains run from London Euston to Buxton.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus from Bakewell to Buxton.

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.

Customer reviews from the White Peak Way - North Section

“Good walking, weather and scenery.”
Mr Worrall, UK
“We actually walked some, not all of it, due to weather, but it was still a great itinerary. 99% super directions and bookings - thank you.”
Mr Giles, USA
“I really love long distance walks in the UK. I had some trouble the first couple of days with the heat and jet lag and a considerable detour which got me pretty lost (I didn't have a compass, and was lucky to be able to reach very helpful people in the office--thanks!) As I said before, I really enjoy doing this. I'm on my own for most of the time with only sheep for company; and it's very good for the mind, soul, and body. I would like to thank Ben for his amazingly friendly and loquacious emails. He was so great to communicate with, and he got me through a terrible day, which I don't blame on anyone (except, to a degree, global warming?) Ben was amazing in "talking" to me before the trip and during the walk. He was full of information and advice, and I really appreciated his emails. I also thank whoever the gentleman was in the office on the day I called in a fury and panic and complete collapse in the heat and not managing to find the path... I was not at my best, to put it mildly, and I'm grateful for the tolerant help.”
Dr Brockman, USA
“The route descriptions were mostly very detailed and very helpful.”
Ms Cole, USA
“Beautiful scenery, a lot of variety in the walks. Clear directions, nice accommodations”
Ms Shiloach, USA
“Overall a great experience. A fine mix of landscapes and scenery with a few options if required. Challenging in places, especially some riverside paths on day 1 and some downhill sections. Thanks again for helping me pull all the outlines together.”
Mr Boundy, UK
“It was everything and more than we expected! The area (Derbyshire Dales / Peak District) is simply beautiful and offers so many different views and environments on each walk. The description and the map were easy to follow. We particularly appreciated all the assistance by Contours before AND during our stay. Anytime we had a specific or extra question or need, you jumped in immediately (like booking a taxi for our day of departure) and gave us all the necessary information. The accommodations were very different, but we thoroughly enjoyed them all. To us, it was an "England in all its aspects" holiday”
Mrs Schryvers, Belgium
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