Tissington Tea Party

Tissington trails tea party retro bike tour

Take tea with Sir Richard at Tissington Hall

Join our Tissington trails tea party retro bike tour and take afternoon tea with an English Aristocrat, Sir Richard FitzHerbert, in the 3000 volume library of his historic family home – Tissington Hall. We will cycle there and back from the village of Thorpe in Dove Dale on beautiful British steel vintage bicycles.

The route takes in traffic-free trails and quiet country lanes through the spectacular scenery of the Peak District National Park.  We will be met by Sir Richard for a personal behind the scenes tour of the hidden gems of his 17th century Jacobean Mansion and enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea.

Sir Richard is the 9th Baronet and the current custodian of the Estate, which includes the historic Tissington Hall. You can have your picture taken with him in the portrait gallery and learn about his family history.

Sir Richard says: “I like to keep my stately home tickety-boo and running well so am very hands on. I  look forward to welcoming you behind the scenes of my home which my descendants have owned since it was built over 400 years ago…”

The taking of afternoon tea is the perfect excuse for Sir Richard to take a break and welcome you! In grand houses afternoon tea became a social ritual, involving use of the family silver and the finest bone china.

You’ll be riding with our local experts, full of knowledge and guaranteed to please on this specially selected route through the Derbyshire countryside. We have an amazing range of reliable retro bikes for participants on this ride – please contact us to discuss your requirements and to reserve the right bike for you. We’ll run through the gears etc. and ensure the bike is set up to suit you.

This experience starts at 11am and finishes at approximately 3pm. A minimum of 4 people are required to run this tour.

There’s plenty of free parking at the start at Narlow Lane Car Park Thorpe, Derbyshire DE6 2AS including coach / mini bus parking.

Watch our short film for a taster of this tour.

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Which vintage bike to hire for you and the peak

The right bike for you

We try to ensure you choose the ride best suited to your needs, so we have included the following as a guideline for this tour:

Distance covered 10miles / 16km
Duration 4  hours
Elevation climbed 501ft / 153m
Grade Easy
Rest stops 1
Terrain Trail / road
Your vintage bike to hire low down

The low down

Please book in advance as places are limited. Price £90 per person includes:

  • Tour leader(s)
  • Traditional afternoon tea with Sir Richard
  • Behind the scenes tour of Tissington Hall with Sir Richard
  • Vintage bike hire

Price does not include:

  • Additional refreshments during the day
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other personal expenses

What to bring:

  • Suitable warm /waterproof clothing for the day (vintage style optional!)
  • Water bottle and drink
  • Money for additional refreshments post ride


Which vintage bike to hire for you and the peak

Availability and booking