Intrepid Family Retreat - The hills above Castleton
© Andy Mapp, Visit Britain
Intrepid Family Retreat - The hills above Castleton

Take your family on this new Intrepid Family Retreat in Britain's first national park. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local host who knows the area well and also knows how to make hiking fun for all the family. On each of three days you will head out to explore different parts of the local area, from your base in Castleton. Along the way there is lots to discover, from amazing natural wonders to historical sites - and of course the opportunity to try the famous sweet treats from Bakewell.


Intrepid Family Retreat: Peak District


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The Intrepid Family Retreat in the Peak District is planned for October half-term (English dates), February half-term, Easter holidays, May half-term plus dates in the summer holidays - late June, July and August.

Try the original Bakewell Pudding at one of many local shops © Visit Britain

Try the original Bakewell Pudding at one of many local shops © Visit Britain


For this Intrepid Family Retreat you only unpack once! You will be staying in an original style bed & breakfast for 2 nights. Breakfast is included. Other meals are not included but your host can suggest some great places (and perhaps local specialities) to try.

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Prices from £370 for adults and £333 for children, including 2 nights on bed & breakfast and activities/activity transfers as detailed in the itinerary, accompanied by a local host. Prices can change at any time.


Day 1: Meet your host at 2pm for a welcome gathering at your accommodation in Castleton, a quintessential English town surrounded by the Peak District hills. Following this you'll head out for a walk through the Hope Valley to the village of Bamford, the highest remaining village in the Derwent valley (some of its neighbours were submerged by the construction of reservoirs). Here you can stop off for refreshments, with the adults perhaps trying a most appropriate brew - an Intrepid Explorer beer from the Intrepid Brewing Co! Afterwards, return to Castleton by foot or, if you prefer, stay on for dinner and catch a taxi back later. You also have the option of going to explore Peveril Castle or one of the nearby caverns.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, today's walk takes you to Bakewell, home of that famous pudding/tart! You start by jumping on a local bus to Hathersage, then following the River Derwent, explore the valley with your host, passing farms, woods, beautiful cottages, old sawmills... There will be time to stop for a break in Grindleford, where the tea shop is run by the local community - don't miss the locally made ice cream! Continuing on, you pass Edensor, a pretty village that was moved to improve the view of the then resident duke of Chatsworth House! As you head in to Bakewell, you'll learn about it's history, not just for sweet treats! Returning to Castleton by taxi, you then have a free evening.

Day 3: This morning you are off to Hathersage for a walk in the Longshaw Estate, across moorland, through woodland and along babbling brooks. Look out for natural sculptures, created by the weathering of boulders. You'll also come across packhorse trails, once connecting Sheffield to the salt wells of Cheshire. After a stop for lunch, you can join your host for the Stanage Edge Walk, or choose to return to your accommodation, where your Peak District Intrepid Family Retreat comes to an end.

The min. group size is 4, max. 12. The min. age is 5 years old.

Transport to/from Castleton at the start/end of the retreat is not included. It is probably easiest to drive there, but there is a railway station in nearby Hope, 2.5 miles to the east of Castleton, if you would prefer to take a train.