Pique Your Interest: Peak District & Sheffield City

The perfect combination of vibrant city centre and peaceful scenery as far as the eye can see – this tour is a match made in heaven for younger, more adventurous guests. Staying at the fabulous, historic, boutique Leopold Hotel in Sheffield, on the former site of a grammar school, our holiday starts with a delicious afternoon tea and features a good amount of free time to explore this great city, taking in popular attractions and ticking off some of the eclectic bars and restaurants here. We also spend a full day roaming the beautiful Peak District with plenty of different walking routes around the famous Peak District reservoirs to suit all ability levels. Will it be a gentle riverside stroll or an ambitious hill hike? Spectacular views await regardless!


Janine says...
“Sheffield is located on the edge of the stunning Peak District, just a short drive from the National Park’s fabulous reservoirs, making this a perfect location to combine city and nature walking. The Leopold Hotel is a fabulous hotel and offers a great, stylish stay for this active new weekend mini break.”


Please note, some of our experiences – especially our walking tours – require a reasonable degree of fitness. If guests are unsure, they are advised to contact their health professional before booking. Please note, walking/hiking gear will not be provided unless otherwise stated.

Day 1 Arrival & Afternoon Tea
We arrive at our fantastic hotel this afternoon, the Leopold Hotel, which is built on the former site of the Grade II listed Sheffield Boys Grammar School. Here, we tuck into a delicious afternoon tea served in the hotel’s elegant, oak panelled Oak Suite, which previously hosted Sheffield's Central Technical School Board of Directors. We enjoy a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with jam and clotted cream and an assortment of homemade cakes and pastries, served with tea and coffee. We spend the evening at leisure, perhaps venturing out into the city or staying close to base in Leopold Square – where our hotel is located – which offers a good mix of bars and restaurants.

Day 2 Peak District Walking
Today is spent exploring the UK’s oldest National Park, the glorious Peak District. This is a popular spot for walking holidays and for good reason! From underground caves to high mountains, peaceful woodland to open moors, and beautiful rock formations to stunning far-reaching views, this is a walker’s paradise – and the best part, there’s something to suit all abilities. Short, riverside strolls are great for a gentle amble with picturesque views, while keen hikers can tackle the more challenging routes, navigating rocky paths and steep hills to be rewarded with spectacular panoramas. The circular Ladybower Reservoir walk is a popular choice as it offers magnificent views without requiring much effort! This 5 ½ mile route takes us along the serene Ladybower Reservoir and passed the Derwent Reservoir, made famous during World War II when it was used by the Dambusters RAF squadron to practice low level flying techniques. The Derwent Reservoir also makes for an excellent walk, completing a circuit of both Derwent and Howden Reservoirs. At just over 10 miles, it’s a slightly more challenging route, although relatively flat. For a real treat, we could take on the Bamford Edge walk. It involves a short uphill hike but, from the top, the scenic sight of the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir nestled between the hills makes the 2 miles well worth it – this is surely one of the best views in the Peak District! Whichever direction we set off in, there are plenty of spectacular picnic spots along the way, perfect for a breather and a nibble while taking some time to relax and soak in the splendid views around us.

Day 3 Sheffield
Before we head home, we enjoy some time at leisure in Sheffield today. Along with the city’s many shops, bars and restaurants, there are also some fantastic attractions here that are well worth a visit. We may wish to head to the Millennium art gallery and museum to browse the fantastic Metalwork and Ruskin collections, or the adjoining Winter Garden temperate glasshouse, which is home to more than 2,500 plants from around the world. For more greenery, we could also wander around the lovely Peace Gardens, which front onto Sheffield's striking gothic town hall and contain pretty water features, fountains and sculptures.

Leopold Hotel Sheffield

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
AAAA Collection Hotel Historic Hotel New to Albatross
Built on the former site of a Grade II listed grammar school, the historic property has been sympathetically restored to retain its charming architectural character, with photographs and memorabilia from past pupils scattered around the hotel. The boutique hotel houses 90 modern bedrooms and a stylish lounge bar and terrace. Coach parking is off-site & chargeable.

Leopold Hotel

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £145pp
Single Supplement from £48
Based on Saturday arrivals

• Afternoon tea on arrival day
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Prices starting from...

£145 for 3 days

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Features of this tour

• Weekend city break in Sheffield
• Stay & afternoon tea at the historic Leopold Hotel
• Walking in the picturesque Peak District National Park
• Choice of walking routes to suit all abilities
• Time at leisure to explore Sheffield city