Mr Darcy’s Dales

Some of the things you'll see on the tour.

We start from the curious hillside village of Youlgreave (also spelt Youlgrave and Youlegreave) where we spot the smallest house in England. Flanked by two rivers, the winding narrow lanes are filled with character – there’s more to this dales village than meets the eye…

The drive to the fabulous Lathkill Dale treats us to the rapidly changing landscape usually celebrated on foot on one of the Peak District’s classic walks.  As we cross the medieval Conkesbury Bridge to Over Haddon, we’re spoilt by timeless views over Lathkill Dale to Minninglow hill.

Bakewell beckons (so does the pudding!) and with so many things to do near Bakewell we pootle along a lovely little lane to cross the famed Monsal Trail.

We pay a visit to Chatsworth Farm shop and soon reach the estate village of Edensor – it’s a feast for the eyes, and the drive up to Chatsworth House is the icing on the cake. We take tea at the quaint Edensor Tea Cottage. Refuelled, we head back through Stanton in Peak where we take in its panoramic views, then on to Birchover before skipping down the single-track holloway to Winster. The route winds its way through quiet lanes crossing the Limestone Way and through the Bradford Dale on our way back to Youlgreave.

Why not make your day more memorable? Indulge in a homemade, traditionally English picnic in a handpicked location carefully chosen for its idyllic countryside setting.

Start point: Youlgreave (other locations and route options available)

Duration: Three options available from 2½ to 3 hours.

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£270 - £350


We can pick you up from predetermined locations along the route. This does impact the time of the tour and therefore the cost. Anything outside of the locations listed below, please contact us directly.

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What people say:

This was a charming and delightful experience for a belated 60th birthday. The whole tour with Steven and his wonderful vintage car was exceptional. Cosy blankets and hot water bottles were provided as a little extra and Steven gave us his full attention from start to finish. We did the Mr Darcy’s Dales tour taking in such wonderful views and making some lovely memories.

April 2022
What people say:

Having taken many tours over the years in many places, I can honestly say that riding with Steven and Vintage Adventure Tours was the best we’ve ever done. So charming, so personal, so well-prepared for us. Steven was a delight and I could not recommend him and his tour company any more highly. Thank you again, Steven, for the experience of a lifetime!

What people say:

We had a terrific day with Steven and his beautiful car. From the moment we started until the end of the tour my husband and I were both smiling and the tour exceeded both of our expectations. Steven is a really lovely man and shared with us his extensive knowledge of this beautiful area. We would really recommend this unique and fun way to see absolutely stunning scenery and spend a day in the gorgeous Peak District.

June 2022