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Custom Walk Bookings


At Derbyshire Heritage Walks, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and adaptability. One of the things this means is that we are willing and (usually) able to offer customised walks around many parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District. So, even if you don't see a walk you like on our website, we may still be able to help you via a customised walk.

Over the years, we have provided specially-designed walks for customers from as far away as Australia, and some of those walks have proven so successful that they have formed the basis of some of our regular scheduled walks. Some customers have even combined several customised walk bookings to create a multi-day walking holiday around the Peak District.

With our customised walks, you are guaranteed a truly personalised walking experience around Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Where And When Can You Offer Customised Walks?
We can offer customised walk bookings throughout the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, the Peak District National Park, and many other areas of Derbyshire. Some of our previous customised walks have included:

  • Edale to Kinder Downfall via Wool Packs (11.6 miles).
  • Tissington to Dove Dale Circular (10.1 miles).
  • Ashford-in-the-Water to Haddon Hall via Magpie Mine (7.2 miles).
  • Rowsley to Matlock via Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies (10 miles).
  • Hope, Edale and Castleton Circular (12.2 miles).
  • Ashford-in-the-Water to Monsal Head Circular (4.3 miles).
  • Belper to Derby via the Holly Bush Inn (12.5 miles).

Customised walks may be booked at any time of year except for our Christmas break period, other staff holidays, or while we are busy with other committments. However, some walks may not be possible from December to late March due to the possibilty of bad weather, insufficient light, or other factors beyond our control. While the table gives a general guide to walk availability, please contact us for details of exactly when a particular walk may be available. Please note that, due to the limited number of guides available, we may not be able to accept a customised walk booking if we have already received bookings for a scheduled walk on the same day.

Walk Availability
Full-day walks Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, most Sat, some Sun
Half-day walks Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs (AM only), Fri, most Sat, some Sun
How Far Ahead Do We Need To Book?
Due to the time needed to research, plan, trial and possibly adjust any new route, we do need several days notice of any booking. Usually, it takes at least a week to devise and trial a new route, and some of the more complex or challenging routes can take longer. For this reason, we cannot usually accept bookings for a customised walk less than ten days ahead of the date required. However, in some cases, such as where a walk uses much of the route of a walk or walks that we have done previously, this time can be reduced. In order to guarantee our being able to accept your booking, please contact us as far ahead of the date you would like to book as you possibly can.

Are There Any Limits On Group Size?
The normal maximum group size for a custom walk booking is 10 people (a maximum of 6 for walks including the Cromford Canal due to restricted space on the canal towpath). However, on some walks, it may be possible to accomodate groups of up to 30 people. If you wish to book a walk for a group of over 10 people, please contact us well in advance to discuss your requirements.

How Much Does A Booking Cost?
The cost of a customised walk booking is a flat fee per group, rather than a set rate per person. This rate is similar to the rate for our Personal Walking Guides, but includes an extra charge to cover the often significant additional work needed to create a new route. For a half-day walk for a group of up to 10 people, the cost of a booking is 80.00 per group. For a full-day walk for up to 10 people, the cost is 150.00. For larger groups of 11 or more, the cost increases to 120.00 for a half-day walk, or 200.00 for a full-day walk. For single walkers, the rates are 80 for a full-day walk, and 40 for a half-day walk. The cost of any customised walk booking includes a 20% non-refundable deposit. Lower rates may apply on some walks where we can use sections of route we already use on other walks, so please contact us with your requirements and we will send you a quote.
Custom Walk Booking Costs
Size of group Half-day Full-day
Single walker 40 per day 80 per day
2 to 10 people 80 per day 150 per day
11 to 30 people 120 per day 200 per day
Lower rates may apply to some bookings, so please contact us for a quote.
Are There Any Discounts Available?
Yes - If you book 3 or more days, your booking will qualify for our 5% discount on multiple bookings. Your booking can also qualify for the 10% discount for bookings made via registered charities or unions. For full details of our special offers, please click here. (Link opens in a new window.)

How Do we Book A Customised Walk?
To book a customised walk, first check the Walking Calendar below to see if we have a guide available on the date you wish to book. If we do not have a guide available, this will be indicated by either "unavailable" or "unavailable for private bookings" on the calendar. If we have a guide available, then simply e-mail us to request a booking. Where possible, please include the following information in your e-mail:
  • Where you would like to walk.
  • Date you would like to book (plus alternatives if required).
  • Number of places required.
  • Start time required.
  • Contact name, address, e-mail and phone number (mobile if possible).
  • Where you will be staying if visiting the area from elsewhere, or if you require advice on the best places to stay. (This helps us suggest start and end locations, etc.)
  • How you intend to travel to and from the walk (car, public transport, etc). Again, this can help us suggest suitable start and end locations, etc.
  • Any special requirements or interests.
Remember - The more information you can give us, the better we can tailor the walk to your exact requirements.

We will usually respond to your e-mail within 24 to 48 hours to confirm if we are able to accept your booking and suggest a basic route. Once you have agreed the basic route plan, we will then begin the more detailed work on the route required to confirm if it is feasible, including doing a trial walk where required. If it is not feasible for any reason, we will contact you to suggest possible modifications to the route for your approval.

Once a route plan has been finalised and all details such as start place and time agreed, we will send you information on how to pay for your booking securely via PayPal. If you are unable to use PayPal, we can arrange alternative payment methods such as by cheque. Once we have received cleared payment for your booking, we will then e-mail your booking confirmation and all other information you require concerning your booking.


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