The Dambusters

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

A climb up to Stanage Edge from Hathersage rewards us with views over the Dark Peak moorlands. The outlook across Sheffield is dotted with lovely little villages to create a stunning landscape. Many of the dams we visit powered industrial Sheffield and still supply the city with its water.

Our arrival in the waterside village of Low Bradfield means it’s time for tea. The old Victorian schoolhouse, now The School Rooms Café, Gift & Art Shop is a real treat and the perfect spot to pause.  

We pick up our adventure with a journey passed the dramatic and eerie Thornsett Lodge, built in 1855 by the son of famed Civil Engineer William Jessop. Dales Dyke soon comes into view and we take a closer look at the disastrous dam.

The story of Charles Boot Tower comes alive as we pass Boot’s Folly and head to Strines Moor. Long reaching views are our companion while we criss-cross isolated valleys and cross counties on our return to Derbyshire.

Note: If you’re fortunate to take the tour during the week, we drop into Upper Derwent Dam (car access to the dam is closed at weekends). This remarkable setting is famed for being the training place for the Dambusters raid, practice ground for the bouncing bomb and much, much more…

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: Hathersage

Duration: There is a long version and a regular version of this tour. The long version is up to 5 hours, the shorter version is just over 3 hours. This can be selected on the booking page.

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£420 - £545


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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