Itinerary: High Peak to Welsh Borders

High Peak to the Welsh Borders

The green dales and high moorland of the spectacular Peak District give way to the gentle rural landscapes of Cheshire, dotted with picture-book villages and elegant Tudor 'magpie' houses, on this fascinating tour west into Wales and the glorious Ceiriog Valley, taking in the charms of the old, walled town of Chester and some grand estates - Lyme Park, Tatton Park, Erdigg and Chirk Castle.

The Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Peak District; spend time at Chatsworth and explore the estate (walks) or visit nearby Haddon Hall and the charming town of Bakewell. Closer to Chinley in the North Peak, explore the Caverns at Castleton; walk a section of the Pennine Way from its starting point at Edale; or stroll around the spa town of Buxton. Stay: Old Hall Inn, Chinley (from £90).

Day 2

Spend more time in the Peaks, or it’s a short drive to Lyme Park (NT - walks). Follow back roads to Alderley Edge for woodland strolls and views across Cheshire Plain; visit the fascinating Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre; or head for magnificent Tatton Park (NT- mansion & estate walks). Visit pretty Rostherne for view across Mere from church. Stay: Roebuck Inn, Mobberley (from £130).

Day 3

Head home via M6 or meander west across motorway: Anderton Boat Lift, Nantwich; Oulton Park Racing Circuit (driving experience); ruins of Beeston Castle and fine walking on in the Peckforton Hills. OR, go to Chester (castle, Roman walls, museums, shopping), with Erdigg (NT) and Chirk Castle (NT) along the route into Wales. Stay: West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog (from £135).

Day 4

Before you head home, don’t miss Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest waterfall in England and Wales (240ft), plus it’s beautiful drive to the head of the valley from the West Arms; and the awe-inspiring aqueduct at Pont-Cysyllte, which carries the Llangollen Canal 38m above the River Dee for 307m, is well worth seeing and walking across.

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