Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 19th May 2018 The Peak District Rocks! Dark and White Peak
Base Camp: Castleton
Saturday: We’ll meet up at 0930, gaiters donned and ready to rock and roll – before heading into the nearby hills north of Hathersage heading upwards for Stanage Edge. The day’s walk follows a circuitous route enjoying scenery from the tops of Stanage and White Edge and finishing with the depths of the Derwent Valley. Depending on how we’re doing the walk could be anything from 12 miles to … 17 (once).
Sunday: We’ll head out to Chatsworth where we will have a crack at a delightful 5 mile loop ending by the river. And if it’s hot we can go for a dip! We should easily be done for 1230.
Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 7th July 2018 Howden Edge and Slippery Stones – NEW ROUTE
Base Camp: Castleton
Saturday: This is a delightful (though not easy) walk into the wilderness of the Dark Peak affording us fine views over the Derwent Watershed. On the way back in we pass the pools at Slippery Stones, and if it’s a hot day this will be a perfect opportunity for a dip! 15 miles including mandatory man-eating bogs.
Sunday: From Surprise View car park we’ll head up and over Mother Cap before looping back past Lawrencefield and returning via Padley Gorge. As short Peak District walks go – this is a favourite of mine. We should easily be done for 1200.
Saturday: This fine walk takes in more rugged scenery from the Dark Peak and with any luck for the most part we’ll have the paths and trails to ourselves. From the solitude we’ll ascend to Derwent Edge and follow this back to the day’s start. A very manageable 12 miles.
Sunday: A short walk around the Burbage Valley taking local Peak District history from Viking burial grounds to Bronze-age hill forts. A lovely walk to shake out cob-webs before the drive home.
Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 1st December 2018
Edale to Kinder Reservoir – NEW ROUTE
Base Camp: Edale
Saturday: For this weekend we present a thigh busting 16 mile and 1015m in ascent crossing Kinder Scout to its remote and wild western flank to visit Kinder Reservoir. The reservoir is nothing of remark itself, but this is a fabulous side to this iconic hill with few people ever visiting this side. Head torches will be donned for the final steps back to Edale.
Sunday: A short walk out of Hathersage will have us done for around 12 noon.
Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 12th January 2019 Exploration of Kinder Scout
Base Camp: Castleton
Saturday: For this weekend we present a whopper of a walk circumnavigating 24Km (that’s about 15 miles in old speak) of the Peak District. This walk will start early from Castleton and will lead us to Edale before ascending the southern flanks of the Peak District’s highest hill: Kinder Scout! The route leads us westerly and finally down and along Rushup Edge before returning to the roaring fire, great food and real ale back in the Cheshire Cheese!
Sunday: A short walk out of Castleton will have us done for around 12 noon.
Our Free Walking Weekends (i.e. guided walks in the Peak District – offered by us free of charge) are ideal for those of you that want to meet us and to put a face to the name, or maybe to get in some training before a walking holiday, or who just simply want to come for a walk: all are welcome! Great countryside, good company, and some beer to finish with are the usual ingredients. Please don’t be shy if you’re single – many people who join us on these weekends are: come alone, or bring a mate, bring your other half, bring a dog … Either way we’re easy and look forward to meeting you. More great guided walks in the UK (not so free) can be found here.
Why do we offer these guided walks in the Peak District free of charge?
There are many reasons to offer these free walking weekends. On a business level it’s a great way for us to market ourselves and to showcase what we do. It’s also a great way for us to remove some of the anonymity that comes with being a web based business.
But there’s more to it than that. It’s nice to develop relationships and a community amongst our clients. This wouldn’t work if every time you joined us on the hill you had to pay for the privilege.
And finally it makes us unique. None of our competitors get it and none of them offer it.
What equipment will I need?
These weekends are designed to appeal to the novice as far as is possible and so they should be as accessible to as many people as possible. For that reason kit requirements are kept to the minimum and often we’ll be able to lend you stuff for no charge.
The time of year can impact on what’s needed. So in the summer months, shorts and t-shirt with a pair of trainers could be fine. In the winter months warmer clothes, robust wet weather kit and boots are more important – plus also a torch maybe!
Once you book your place a full kit list will be included with the details we send you.
About the Peak District
About three hours drive from London, The Peak District is our first national park and the second most visited national park in the world (after the Mount Fuji National Park in Japan). It is named after the people who lived here – the Peaks. There is evidence that people have settled here as long ago as 7000 years back.
The Peak District spans four counties and is normally considered to constitute two parks – The Dark Peak to the north and the White Peak in the south – so called due to the geological make up of the earth. The Dark Peak – also known as the High Peak – has a lot of peat and grit-stone showing through in its soil – hence it looks dark. The White Peak on the other hand has a base formed from limestone – hence looking lighter in colour. The Dark Peak is wilder and more rugged whereas the White Peak is less hilly and more densely populated – its scenic villages drawing in the visiting tourists.
Further information on the history of the Peak District (tongue in cheek and in fewer than 750 words) can be read here.
Finally – the Peak District with its miles upon miles of rocky edges and outcrops is the home to UK rock climbing offering the rock climbing enthusiast thousands of routes to choose from!
Peak District Accommodation – Castleton
While accommodation is not included in the price we will happily help you find something comfortable and to the liking of your budget – from campsites and barns to youth hostels and B&B’s.
All our weekends in the Dark Peak (Rock 1,2 &3, Hill Skills 1&2, and many free weekends) have us based in Castleton, the Hope Valley, which offers the following accommodation options.
Camping and Bunkhouse
Pindale Farm Outdoor Centre
Pindale Farm, Pindale Road, Hope,
Derbyshire, S33 6RN
Tel: 01433 620111
YHA – Losehill Hall
Castleton, Hope Valley,
Derbyshire S33 8WB
Tel: 0870 770 5758