Free Guided Walks in the Peak District

COVID update as of 5th October 2020

Ever since this business set up back in 2003 we have offered free guided walking weekends through the year every year. And since June this year, mostly we have been able to resume business as usual in all that we do: and we were really hoping that our popular free walking weekends would resume too. However, the government guidelines and our conscience means that for the foreseeable future, the reality is that our free walking weekends won’t be able to continue. We just don’t think it would be responsible bringing groups of people from all over the country together as one large group in one place. One day we will start these weekends again, and it will be brilliant to see so many old faces and new, back again to join us.

In the meantime, we welcome bookings from small private groups who we will gladly offer guided walks for (anywhere in the Peak District, Lake District or Snowdonia) from £150 per day per group.

We have also written up this page with ten recommended great Peak District walks to try for yourself. If you do try any of these routes do let us know what you thought to them!

Keep safe all, and we look forward to a free walking normality one day in the future (and lots of beers in the Cheshire Cheese!).

Will & team

Free Walking Weekend – Date TBA
The Peak District Rocks

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: We’ll meet up at 9.30am, 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). Following a great day on the hill is the usual great night in the pub!

Find us in the Pay & Display car park in Hathersage, just off Station Rd (B6001) on Oddfellows Road S32 1DD.

Sunday: We’ll head out to Chatsworth where we will have a crack at a delightful 5 mile loop ending by the river.  We’ll meet at Nether End Pay & Display car park in Baslow at 10.00am. The day should be done by about 12.30pm, leaving people plenty of time for the drive home.

Price per person: free of charge!

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

Free Walking Weekend – Date TBA

Tour de Abney Low

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: For this weekend we present a whopper of a walk circumnavigating 26km (that’s about 16 miles in old speak) of the Peak District. This is a riverside circular starting and finishing in Hathersage. From here we’ll head south down the riverbank to Grindleford and onto Froggatt, up the hill to historic Eyam, onto Foolow, through Great Hucklow and finally via Bradwell before finishing the day back in Hatherage – can’t wait!  We’ll start early but should be back in good time for great food and real ale back in the Cheshire Cheese!

We’ll meet in the Pay & Display car park in Hathersage, just off Station Rd (B6001) on Oddfellows Road S32 1DD.  Be ready to go at 9.00am

SundayA short walk out of Surprise View Car Park, starting at 10.00am will have us done at around 12 noon.  

Price per person: free of charge!

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

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.

Want to get out between our Free Walking Weekends?

Why not try one of our Great Peak District Walks.  We have published a series of self guided walk instructions of great must do walking routes in the Peak District.

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!

Further Reading