“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 1st December 2018
Edale to Kinder Reservoir

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: There’s nothing cheeky, necky or any other euphemism you can think up that describes a slightly longer than normal day on the hill: it’s a tough nut this one covering an arduous 15 miles of the finest Dark Peak countryside. Two substantial hill climbs will punctuate this lengthy day that includes a crossing of the Peak District’s highest plateau – Kinder Scout.

Sunday: Let’s take it easy – a few miles stroll out of Hathersage car should be about all we’re good for!

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 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.

Price per person: free of charge!

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

Marsden to Edale Challenge Walk – 9th February 2019

If you have fit legs, built in night vision, a love of man-eating-bogs and a warped sense of what makes for a great walk, this weekend’s wander is for you!
Distances: Saturday – up to 25 miles
Start / Finish: Edale Railway Station, Derbyshire
Price per person: £56 – guiding only (you will also need to cover your rail travel to Marsden from Edale)

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 23rd March 2019
Win Hill and Crook Hill circular: Dark Peak

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: Another Dark Peak classic tackling the ramparts of Win Hill. This delightful route takes us on a round of two hills that may just tax (a little) your thighs and calves as we ascend their summits. Win Hill, peaking into the sky like a miniature volcano is followed a few miles later with a climb of Crook Hill just on the other side of Ladybower Reservoir. This will be a short route designed for a winter’s day short on daylight hours … best pack the torches though … just in case. Two hills and a tad over ten miles.

Sunday: We will meet at 1000 outside the Grouse Inn (here) before heading up to White Edge and returning along one of our favourite climbing venues – Froggatt Edge. Nothing too taxing – getting us back for around 1230.

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
4th / 5th May 2019 – bank holiday weekend

Two cracking days of guided walking in Snowdonia.
Price per person:£95
Basecamp: Nant Peris
Learn more here

Snowdonia – Welsh 3000s Challenge

14 mighty mountains of Wales completed in 1 BIG weekend.
Dates: 18/19 May 2019 (2 day) / 25th – 27th May (3 day) / 15th June (24hr Challenge)
Price per person:£175 – £205
Basecamp: Nant Peris
Learn more here

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 6th July 2019
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. This is a walk that will lead us into and along Abbey Brook and then along Cartledge Brook. Expect to be scrambling up and over wet rocks, whilst trying to keep your feet dry. In essence if your idea of a walk only follows marked footpaths – this walk won’t be for you. If on the other hand you like the idea of an adventure that leads you very far from the beaten trail, this will be a walk to savour. 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.

Price per person: free of charge!

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

Sunset on Scafell Pike – 28th / 29th July 2018
Classic Lake District walk, wild-camp and scramble

Lake District guided walking. An ideal first adventure for those of you itching to try out wild camping!
Start / Finish: Stonethwaite
Accommodation: camping (tents available for use free of charge)
Price per person: £115 (for two days) guiding and dinner Saturday night
Learn more here

Lake District Skyline – 2 day mini-trek
24th / 25th August 2017

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

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 21st September 2019
Eyam Moor Circular – NEW ROUTE 

Base Camp: Castleton

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. 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 pull up to the top of Abney Moor. The walk finishes with us hand-railing 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.

The Edale Skyline – 5th/6th Oct 2019

Wonderful high level walk in the Peak District with accommodation in the remote and rustic Crookstone Barn.
Distances: Friday night – 3.5 miles; Saturday – 12 mile and 18 mile routes on offer; Sunday – 3.5 miles
Start / Finish: The Cheshire Cheese Pub, Hope, the Hope Valley, Derbyshire
Accommodation: Crookstone Barn (included). The barn sleeps 23 in four bunk rooms – but we’ll be limiting numbers on this weekend to 12. Note: sleeping bags will be required.
Price per person: £125 – guiding, accommodation, dinner on Saturday night plus two breakfasts
Learn more here

Free Walking Weekend – Commencing Saturday 7th December 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 short walk out of Hathersage 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.

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!

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 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

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 !