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Peak District (White) Autumn Walking Weekend 25-27 Oct 2019

October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - October 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

£139.00 – £149.00

Organiser:  Richie
Where:  YHA Ilam Hall, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ
When:  25-27 October 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Cost:  From £139.00 (includes 2 nights accommodation, YHA Supper Club Meal on Saturday evening and guided walks)

White Peaks Autumn View


For this weekend we will be visiting the Peak District National Park (White Peak), an ideal location for a late summer / autumn weekend away.

We have accommodation booked at YHA Ilam Hall – a 17th Century gothic manor which sits in 84 acres of National Trust parkland next to the river Manifold, with Dovedale just on its doorstep. The beautiful Youth Hostel is full of character and nestled near the church and quaint village of Ilam.

Illam Hall

It is only a 3-4 hour drive from West London, meaning a decent arrival time on Friday evening.  The hostel is ideally located for our planned hikes with all bed linen provided (just bring towel and toiletries).  There is a well-equipped self-catering Kitchen (fridges, freezer, oven, kettles, toasters, microwave, cutlery & crockery) a Dining area, Lounge, Games Room, Drying Room, Showers and Toilets.

If you need a car share transport option for this weekend, we can organise this for those who need it, details of this option will be announced nearer the time (please indicate this as a requirement when booking your ticket).  You are welcome to make your own way to the accommodation and the starting points, if you prefer.

Thor’s Cave

On Saturday after breakfast we start the Manifold walk (18km) from our accommodation.  This is an easy low level walk (3/10).  We initially follow the River Manifold walking west before joining the Manifold Way pathway and heading north up the Manifold Valley Trail.  We pass Thor’s Cave and head towards Wetton village before heading south above Castern Wood Nature Reserve before joining the River Manifold and tracking that back into Ilam.  The route provides stunning scenery and wonderful picture opportunities.

Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill

Once back at the accommodation, we will have showers before our evening meal (Ilam Hall Club Supper), but self-catering is also available for those who want this option.

Stepping Stones

On Sunday after breakfast, we start the beautiful Doveldale walk (14km) from the front door of our accommodation. This is an easy low level walk (3/10).  We initially head through Ilam village and track around Bunster Hill tracking through Dovedale National Nature Reserve.  We follow Dovedale Wood north, before heading down across the footbridge across the River Dove.  We follow the river south through Dove Dale and reach the Stepping Stones.  We then pass Thorpe Cloud and track back into Ilam.  Once back at the accommodation, we will depart back to London – you can expect to be back in London by about 7pm on Sunday evening.

Autumn Colours


October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
October 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
£139.00 – £149.00
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YHA Ilam Hall
YHA Ilam Hall
Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ
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  1. Michelle


    Can you tell me more about what 3/10 means? I’m not one for hill hikes but would like to get out.

    • Richie Conway

      Hi Michelle:

      Thanks for your message and your interest in our Peak District Autumn Walking Weekend. This is the easiest walk we do. It is mainly flat / undulating following the rivers (albeit the one on the first walk may be dried up in places). There are 1 – 2 bits where we walk up a slope / small hill – it will be similar to walking up the stairs at the underground station – they are not that long (5mins) – it will be no different to a typical rural park walk with some small slopes of a hill.

      Please call or drop me a message if you have any additional questions or wish to discuss further details.


      Kind Regards



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