Peak District Walking Weekender Tideswell, Peak District
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Tideswell, known locally as ‘Tidza’, feels more like a small town than a village mainly because this was once an important trading centre with a market charter dating back to 1251. Tideswell grew as a market centre for the southern part of the Royal Forest of the Peak, the hunting preserve administered from Peveril Castle, and it prospered from lead mining and wool. This wealth is reflected in the magnificent Church of St John the Baptist – the Cathedral of the Peak – built in the 14th Century. The walking around Tideswell is excellent, with the beautiful Derbyshire Dales all around, including Cressbrook Dale, Monsal Dale, Water-cum-Jolly Dale and Miller’s Dale that offer wonderful valley walking alongside crystal-clear streams. There are limestone caves and cliffs, old railway viaducts and tunnels, ancient woodland, lovely villages and cosy pubs to explore too.
The George Hotel is situated at the heart of Tideswell, a former 18th Century coaching inn of considerable charm and character.
Walking Weekend based from: George Hotel, Tideswell
Friday evening (8pm) – Meet at the George Hotel for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:30pm) – Meal at George Hotel, followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team. (Meals are not included in the price).
There will be a choice of adventurous or leisurely guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and one of his colleagues (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes through the limestone dales of the Peak District, known as the ‘White Peak’, including the famous Derbyshire Dales of Cressbrook Dale, Monsal Dale, Water-cum-Jolly Dale and Miller’s Dale as well as the former Midland Railway line that now forms the Monsal Trail with its amazing tunnels and viaducts – superb walks full of interest, history, variety and views, not to mention some lovely villages too. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks taking in more of the Derbyshire Dales and the White Peak. Return back to the pub mid afternoon before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Tideswell facilities & accommodation
How to get to Tideswell
Tideswell lies just off the A623 between Baslow and Chapel-en-le-Frith. The nearest train stations are at Buxton (7 miles to the west) and Hope (8 miles to the north).
Tisdewell has three pubs, B&Bs, self catering accommodation, Youth Hostel (Raventor), small supermarket, bakery/deli, pharmacy, general shops, fish and chip shop and cafes.
Tideswell offers a range of accommodation, including…
George Hotel, Tideswell
Horse & Jockey, Tideswell
Merchant’s Yard Restaurant & Rooms, Tideswell
Old Vicarage B&B, Tideswell
Merman Barn B&B, Tideswell
Blossom House B&B, Tideswell
Rockingham Lodge B&B, Tideswell
Meadow Lodge B&B, Tideswell
A quick ‘google’ will find many more places to stay…
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, woodland, grassy moorland, rocky limestone, pastureland, livestock, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 17,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found here
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).