Journeys 2019

White Peak Wandering, Derbyshire-Staffordshire (Full)

Derbyshire-Staffordshire border, England


Monday 10th - Friday 14th June (Fully Booked).




£500 for single occupancy, discounted to £380 per person in a shared (twin) room when booked with a friend or partner. Please note on the booking form the name of the person with whom you will be sharing.


We shall be staying in a converted mill in the Dane Valley, in the rugged White Peak area on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, not far from the mysterious rock cleft known as Ludd's Church. The valley is wooded; the peaks above, in contrast, provide fine views across open country. It is a good base to explore a relatively unknown part of the Peak District.

Walks and Excursions

The Dane Valley, and the ridge above, called the Roaches, make interesting contrasts, and are criss-crossed by paths. When we pass through Ludd's Church, we shall look out for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Lollards, and Ned Ludd, all of whom were connected with this secret place, but they are elusive. We shall also walk part of the Manifold Way, a few miles distant, and seek out Thor's Cave, although he is unlikely to be at home, and the Neolithic people, who once lived there, are long gone. Our walks will be medium in length, between five and ten miles, with moderate terrain. If there has been recent rain, some paths may be slippery and muddy.

We could also visit the site of the first open air Primitive Methodist meeting at Mow Cop, from which there are fine views into Cheshire, and make a trip to the Museum of Primitive Methodism at Englesea Brook, near Alsager. If the weather is poor, we can visit one or more of the nearby market towns of Bakewell, Buxton, and Leek.


We have 4 nights, fully catered, at Gradbach Mill, which has been converted into high quality, modern accommodation. All the rooms are en suite and may be booked as single or twin occupancy. Evening meal, breakfast, and packed lunches are included.

Getting there

Gradbach Mill is well off the beaten track, accessed by narrow lanes from the A53 Leek to Buxton road. If coming by car, please arrive by 4pm. Alternatively, transport will be provided from Stoke-on-Trent railway station, which is on the main line from London Euston to Manchester, and is also well served by cross-country trains. Please arrive at Stoke station by 2pm.


Steve Evemy (02380 332940 and possibly another depending on numbers.