“Will, Thanks very much it was a great weekend, good walks and great company. See you soon.” Ian

“Thanks for a fabulous weekend – I had a brilliant time, feel refreshed and (almost) as if I’ve been on a holiday.” – Nadia.

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 30th November 2019
Chinley Express – NEW ROUTE

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: By accessing the local public transport available we’ll be able to walk a linear route this weekend from Chinley Train station to Hope. The route itself starts west of the Kinder plateau taking us up to Edale Cross and then along the southern edges before descending via Crookstone Knoll to Hope. 15 miles and 900m of ascent – this could be a tough day!

Sunday: A (NEW) short walk along Stanage Edge and Carr Head Rocks will have us done for around 12 noon.

Price per person: free of charge! (Plus a few quid for your rail fare). 

Some ideas of hill walking kit you should take with you can be found here.

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 1st February 2020
White Peak Wanders

Base Camp: Youlegrave

Saturday:We’ll meet up in Youlegrave at a leisurely 1030 before heading into the nearby hills of the beautiful White Peak. This delightful walk has us follow the stunning Lathkill Dale all the way to Monyash. From here we follow the Limestone Way over the hills and back to Youlegrave.  The walk is tad over 11 miles in distance, easy going and with only one cheeky bit that leads us up a short hill at Cales Dale. And as usual the great day ends up in a local country pub.

Sunday: A short walk out of Eyam will have us done for around 12 noon.

Price per person: free of charge!  

Some ideas of hill walking kit you should take with you can be found here.

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 16th May 2020
Eyam Moor Circular 

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: This fine Peak District 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. We start and finish in the historic plague village of Eyam. From here we will push on upwards in the direction of Eyam Moor. Following this tasty hill, we’ll lose height so that we can enjoy another (short) pull up to the top of Abney Moor. The walk finishes with us following the River Derwent before one final pull back up to Eyam. Overall, a little over 12 miles – but not an easy 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.

Price per person: free of charge!

Some ideas of hill walking kit you should take with you can be found here.

Snowdon via Y Llwidd and the Nantle Ridge
2nd / 3rd May 2020 – bank holiday weekend

Two cracking days of guided walking in Snowdonia.
Price per person:£179
Basecamp: Nant Peris
Learn more here

Our Free Walking Weekends (i.e. guided Peak District walks 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.

Snowdonia – Welsh 3000s Challenge

14 mighty mountains of Wales completed inside 24 hours
Dates: 6th June
Price per person:£175 – £205
Basecamp: Nant Peris
Learn more here

Lake District Skyline – 2 day mini-trek
25th / 26th July 2020

This is a great two day Lake District mini-trek.
Base Point: Keswick (Friday night) / Buttermere (Saturday night)
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person: £110 (for two days) guiding only
Learn more 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!

Some ideas of hill walking kit you should take with you can be found here.

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 sitting on the doorsteps of Sheffield, Derby and Manchester, possibly the most visited national park in the UK. 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

B&B

Causeway House
Back Street, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WE
http://www.causewayhouse.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 623291

Cryer House
Castle Street, Hope Valley, Castleton, Buxton, Derbyshire, S33 8WG
Tel: 01433 620244
Fax: 01433 620244

Dunscar Farm
Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WA
http://www.dunscarfarm.co.uk/
01433 620483

Four Seasons B&B
Spital House, How Lane, Hope Valley, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WJ
http://www.4seasonsbb.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 620 655

Swiss House
How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WJ
http://www.swiss-house.co.uk/
01433 621098

Willow Croft
Pindale Road, Hope Valley, Castleton, Buxton, Derbyshire, S33 8WU
http://www.peak-district-bed-breakfast-bb.co.uk/WillowCroft.html
Tel: 01433 620400

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn
How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WJ
http://www.cheshirecheeseinn.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 620330

Holiday Cottages

Bank Cottage – Hope Valley Cottages
Bank Cottage
Hungry Lane,
Bradwell,
Derbyshire,
S33 9JD
tel – 07970 137351
Email: chrisandcaroline@hopevalleycottages.co.uk

How to get to Castleton by public transport

Take the train to Hope (in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire) and from there you can walk to Castleton (2 miles), get a taxi or take the 272 bus.

Taxis will need to be pre-booked – try these numbers:

Ryders Taxis –   07805 029226
SOS Taxis –      01433 650975
Paul’s Hire –      07972 583586

Note – you must make arrangements to find Castleton in Derbyshire – there is more than one Castleton in the UK!

Note – you must make arrangements to find Castleton in Derbyshire – there is more than one Castleton in the UK !

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