Holiday Type: Heritage
Ensuite Package Price: £390
Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel
Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales
Contact Tel: 01629 582270
This is an amazing opportunity to spend four sensitively guided days walking 8 to 10 miles a day through some of the Peak District’s finest scenery, with space to meditate on what it means to be a pilgrim. The Pilgrimage takes in 11 churches along the way from Ilam to Eyam.
Eyam has a sense of being a holy place because of the sacrifice of its people in 1655. A consignment of cloth from London for the village tailor brought the plague to this little Derbyshire village, with the threat of then spreading throughout the whole of the North of England. The people of Eyam refused to flee with only their Christian faith motivating them. Their commitment saved the surrounding area but cost about a third of the villagers their lives.
Join us on the now famous “Peak Pilgrimage Way” a spiritual walk, over several days, through the national park, visiting over a dozen churches with time to reflect in each. This new pilgrimage trail is set to mark the 350th anniversary of the plague linking two of the villages afflicted.
The perfect starting point is ancient Ilam, itself a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years, since the days of St. Bertram, a Saxon Saint and hermit who lived there. Travelling through the villages of the Peak District National Park, including Monyash, Grindleford, Stoney Middleton before ending in Eyam with its story of sacrificial love for others.
The Peak Pilgrimage Guide Book is a travelling companion for your journey, leading your way both physically and spiritually. This pocket-sized book contains maps and directions to keep you on the right path and invites you into 14 churches along the way. In each church, there is a Bible verse sticker to collect and a passport-style stamp that you can use on a special page of your Guide Book. Every pilgrim who arrives in Eyam with a Guide Book full of stamps and verses will receive a pilgrimage memento!
Sunday: Ilam to Hartington
Monday: Hartington to Monyash
Tuesday: Monyash to Bakewell
Weds: Bakewell to Baslow calling at Chatsworth to stop for a while.
Thursday: Baslow to Eyam
“Walking Grade” All of the walks follow a footpath with a few slight inclines.
"What shall I bring?" we recommend you come prepared for all weathers, regardless of the month you visit. Comfortable walking boots are recommended, as is clothing for wet weather. (Don’t worry we have a boot room where you can dry your walking gear). A Camera is a must to capture the magnificent views but please leave all of the other details to us.
You should also have with you the Ordnance Survey 1-25,000 map “OL24 The Peak District - White Peak area”. This single map covers the whole of the route.
Leader(s): Maeve Hamilton Hercod
Holiday Type: Heritage
Ensuite Package Price: £365
Hotel: Sidholme Hotel
Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon
Contact Tel: 01395 515104
Expertly led by our Blue Badge Guide, we will learn everything about Sidmouth and Devon – from its historic natural landmarks to its unique blend of traditional and modern culture – and discover some of the county’s most fascinating sites.
Meet one of our guides....
Maeve Hamilton Hercod
“I have enjoyed living overseas for many years, but whenever I can I love to come back to Devon, the county of my birth. These days I am happily settled in Bath where I have family and work as a guide. My career has taken me from teaching to broadcasting to running sailing courses and many more mundane things along the way, so I hope that all this experience can help me to keep tours running smoothly.”
Day 1: 4 September – the English Riviera: Kents Cavern and Agatha Christie’s Torquay
One of the most important archaeological sites in NW Europe, the early occupants of Kents Cavern discovered - as did later English travellers - that Torquay has a delightful climate. From here we go down towards the sea and follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie who spent much of her life on the south Devon coast.
Day 3: 5 September – Athelhampton, Bridport and West Bay
Athelhampton House is a gem of medieval architecture with a wonderful topiary garden. After time to explore we continue to nearby market town of Bridport and finish the day at West Bay where Broadchurch has been filmed.
Day 3: 6 September – Cotehele and Historic Plymouth
Hidden away on the Devon bank of the Tamar, Cotehele was home to the Mount Edgcombe family until they moved to nearby Plymouth. After lunch we follow them there for a cruise of Plymouth
harbour and enjoy the historic Barbican and Hoe, from where Drake first sighted the Spanish Armada.
Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information
Leader(s): Jill Durnford
Holiday Type: Heritage
Ensuite Package Price: £530
Hotel: Abbot Hall Hotel
Location:Grange-Over-Sands, South Lake District
Contact Tel: 015395 32896
Discover Cumbria’s importance in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th century. We will travel by luxury minicoach with our Blue Badge Guide to visit houses and churches where artists and craftsmen have left their mark and find out about their legacy to modern workers.
Meet one of our Blue Badge Guides....
After many years in education, I was thrilled to be able to train as a Blue Badge Guide for Cumbria. It seems to be the perfect job, combining my love of talking to people with my many and varied interests. I like to think that I am following the example of Cumbrian resident John Ruskin who was interested in art, architecture, the environment and society (amongst many other interests) though I am not quite the expert that he was!
Please call Abbot Hall Hotel on 015395 32896 for more information
The Lake District, the Peak District, the Wye Valley; each is packed with a wealth of attractions
to keep your whole family entertained this summer. And in case caves, castles, walks and watersports weren't enough to whet your appetite, we're also extending our fabulous children's discounts so your children 10 and under can stay for free!
The offer extends to all our fantastic summer family holidays at Abbot Hall, Lindors Country House and Willersley Castle hotels, so whether it's Cumbria, Derbyshire or the Welsh-English border, that family holiday just got a little bit more appealing.
We have also added a fabulous offer from £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast on selected dates for our Summer family breaks between 15th July to 2nd September at the hotels below.
Abbot Hall Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Lindors Country House Hotel, nr. Lydney, Gloucestershire
Willersley Castle Hotel, nr. Matlock, Derbyshire
Prices on selected dates £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast, 3 night Minimum Stay. Other package options are available to suit your family's particular holiday requirements. Please call the hotels for dates when this offer is available and further details.
Friend of Sidholme Music Room are now only £3,000 away from their £30k target to restore seven Osler Glass Chandeliers.