Guided walks coming up in the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia

Marsden to Edale Challenge Walk – The Dark Peak
10th February 2018

Nature: If you had a spaniel that never got tired out then this winter day’s challenge would be it’s nemesis. Here we combine the first two days of the Penine Way and do them in reverse and for good measure, it’ll be a winter’s day short on daylight and probably with a blanket of patchy snow to hinder our way too. If it’s a challenge you seek, seek no further. 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 weekend, this weekend’s wander is for you!

Distances: Saturday – up to 25 miles
Start / Finish: Edale Railway Station, Derbyshire
Price per person: £45 – guiding only (you will also need to cover your rail travel to Marsden from Edale)

See also our Free Walking Weekends page for some free weekend walks in the Peak District.

Private bookings can be taken to lead individuals and private groups on this guided walk from £195 per day. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

High Jinks Around the Vale of Edale and Win Hill – The Dark Peak
16th – 18th March 2018

Nature: You can leave the car at home and travel by train to the Peak District for this wild getaway. You’ll be met in Hope on Friday night and guided in by the light of your head-torch to this remote and hugely popular converted barn – accessible only by foot, 4WD and helicopter (and we don’t have a 4WD or helicopter). Warmed by the large open fire we’ll talk through Saturday’s plans … Setting off at the crack of … 9am … we’ll head out on our hike which leads along the iconic ridge from Lose Hill to Rushup Edge via mam Tor before returning back along the Vale of Edale. Two leaders will allow for a flexible approach so that at around the six mile point people can choose to walk the full 13 miles or take the shorter option of 10 miles. Sunday will be a relaxed walk back to Hope via the cheeky summit of Win Hill. Maybe then enjoy some coffee and papers in the cafe before the train home. Winter retreats don’t get better than this!

Distances: Friday night – 3.5 miles; Saturday – 10 and 13 mile route options; Sunday – 4.5 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 2 breakfasts

See also our Free Walking Weekends page for some free weekend walks in the Peak District.

Private bookings can be taken to lead individuals and private groups on this guided walk from £135 per day. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

Best Three Days of Hadrian’s Wall Trail
14th – 16th April 2018

Nature: Hadrian’s Wall Trail is the popular National Trail shadowing the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall. Here’s a choice selection spanning around 28 miles of the route which leads us on an historic journey through rolling hills taking in the rugged and beautiful British countryside with a healthy dose of Roman engineering!

Base point: Once Brewed
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person: £140 – guiding only

See also our Free Walking Weekends page for some free weekend walks in the Peak District.

Private bookings can be taken to lead individuals and private groups on this guided walk from £135 per day. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

Snowdon via Y Lliwedd and descent via the South Ridge plus
Carnedd Dafydd via an ascent of the Llech Ddu Spur
5th / 6th May 2018

This is a mountain weekend with one day of exposed walking and one day of grade 1 scrambling. It is primarily designed for the graduates of our Fear of Heights courses but since it is so good we decided to open it up to everyone!

Two brilliant mountain days are lined up for you here. On Saturday we invite you to step forth in pursuit of Wales’s highest peak, Snowdon at 1085m via an ascent of Y Lliwedd and the east ridge of Snowdon. Perhaps, even better is the descent via the south ridge which is a beautifully airy walkers’ path along an exposed ridgeline. On Sunday we’ll head to Bethesda where we’ll embark upon the next challenge: an ascent of Carnedd Dafydd by the wonderful grade 1 scramble, the Llech Ddu Spur.

Base point: Nant Peris / LlanberisSnowdonia
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person:
£125 guiding only
Base Camp: Llanberis/Nant Peris
Leader/client ratio: 1:4

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details. Alternatively, like the idea of a mountain scrambling adventure? More scrambling weekends here.

The Welsh 3000s
Snowdonia – 14 Great mountains inside 3 Great Days
26th – 28th May 2018 Spring bank holiday weekend

Nature: A weekend of challenging walking that aims to bag Wales’ fourteen 3000ers: from Foel Fras to Mount Snowdon. For most people, bagging all of Wales’ highest mountains inside one or two days is near on impossible. Here we offer a civilised alternative – allowing you to take a crack at this challenge over three great hill days. Beware – these remain mountain days and hence a head for heights and mountain fit legs are still a pre-requisite!

Base point: Nant Peris / Llanberis
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person: £195 guiding only

Private bookings can be taken to lead individuals and private groups on this guided walk from £135 per day. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

The Welsh 3000s 24hr Challenge
Snowdonia – 14 Great mountains inside 24 hours
30th June 2018

Nature: This is the KING of challenge events. Attempting to do the Welsh 3000s challenge is HARD – so why not let us help you with the guiding and logistics to give you every opportunity to achieve success. (We pride ourselves on our high success rate). This trek combines true challenge with wilderness, excitement and awe – and all inside the space of one weekend!

Base point: Nant Peris / Llanberis
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person: £170 guiding, local transport plus breakfast and dinner

Note: We employ fresh leaders for different stages ensuring higher chances of success and increased levels of safety. You will need good fitness, mental robustness and a good head for heights too.

Book your place on the Welsh 3000s Challenge here 

Private bookings can be taken to lead private groups on this challenge. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

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

Nature: The aim of this is to introduce you to wild camping. And while you will need to be fit enough to carry a rucksack full of your kit to the top of a big Lake District hill – we also allow plenty of time for it – making this an ideal first adventure for those of you itching to try out your new tent! We won’t camp on Scafell Pike – but close enough to get some photographs from its summit as the sun sets and the light is at its best … camera and tripod could be called for!

Start / Finish: Stonethwite
Accommodation: camping (tents available for use free of charge)
Price per person: £115 (for two days) guiding and dinner Saturday night


Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

Lake District Skyline – 2 day mini-trek
18th / 19th August 2017

Nature: This great two day mini-trek was inspired by one of the days from Wainwright’s Whitsuntide Walk. Day 1 leads us from the lakeside of Keswick’s Derwent Water and via a high traverse of Catbells, Maiden Moor and Dale Head we arrive at the shore of Lake Buttermere. The walk is high affording us brilliant Lake District views panning two valleys either side of our ridgeline – and at the same the time the total distance is kept to a manageable 10 miles. Carry a tent, or go light and stay at the local youth hostel – either way this is a great route for all walkers. Sunday is a more palatable 8 miles getting us back to our start point not too late for the drive/train home.

Base Point: Keswick (Friday night) / Buttermere (Saturday night)
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person: £110 (for two days) guiding only

Private bookings can be taken to lead individuals and private groups on this guided walk from £150 per day. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

The Welsh 3000s 2 day event
Snowdonia – 14 Great mountains inside 2 days
1st/2nd September 2018

Nature: Broken down over two days, with the right weather, this can be an easier option than trying it all inside one day – but beware, covering this distance in a weekend still remains a tough nut to crack!

Base point: Nant Peris / Llanberis
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per person: £175 guiding & local transport

Note: You will need good fitness, mental robustness and a good head for heights too.

The Edale Skyline – The Dark Peak
6th/7th Oct 2018

Nature: You can leave the car at home and travel by train to the Peak District for this wild getaway. You’ll be met in Hope on Friday night and guided in by the light of your head-torch to this remote converted barn – accessible only by foot, 4WD and helicopter (and we don’t have a 4WD or helicopter). Warmed by the large open fire we’ll talk through Saturday’s plans … if there were such a thing – this would be the haute route of the Peak District! We wake up, already on the hill and starting high so that’s where we’ll stay starting with a traverse of the southern edge of Kinder Scout. Two leaders will allow for a flexible approach so that at around the six mile point people can choose to walk the full 18 miles or take the shorter option of 12 miles back through the Vale of Edale. For those with the legs of steel the hike will continue on the high ground taking in the wonderful ridge line that stretches from Brown Knoll all the way to Lose Hill. The finale to the day is a crafty ascent of Win Hill before heading back for an endorphin high, tasty meal and maybe a cheeky glass of wine back at the barn. Sunday will be a relaxed walk back to Hope – to enjoy coffee and papers in the cafe before the train or drive home.

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

Private bookings can be taken to lead individuals and private groups on this guided walk from £135 per day. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

Private bookings can be taken to lead private groups on this challenge. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details.

Hire your own personal walking guide…

With our public rights of way and historic access land Britain offers a wealth of brilliant walking. Here are a handful of other choice walks you might like to book a leader for … Perfect for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries, or for groups on walking holidays, we can tailor a day (or days) to suit you.

Walks in The Peak District

  • Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill – the locals call this the Dragon’s Back … and when you see it you’ll realise why. Easy to organise a walk that is short and within a half day – though a steady head for heights might be necessary for a climb to the top! This walk is easy to access from Bakewell or Buxton.
  • Spend half a day or a day exploring the Monsal and Lathkill Dales situated between Bakewell and Buxton– wonderful walking combining hill tops with valley bottoms.
  • Bag the park’s highest hill – Kinder Scout. A traverse of the edges or an adventure of peat bogs and aircraft wrecks. If you want us to take you up here it would be best to allow a day to do so. Close to Castleton, Hope, Edale.
  • Marsden to Edale – Leave the car at home – and use the train to access this great walk which aims to cover the first two days of the Penine Way (in a single day). This is an arduous day’s trek across the toughest terrain the Peak District can throw at you … The route traverses approximately 25 miles of rough, wild, moorland and is unrelenting in its challenge with the culmination crossing the highest point of the Peak – Kinder Scout.
See also our Free Walking Weekends page for some free weekend walks in the Peak District.

Walks in the Lake District

Home to England’s highest mountain, Scafel Pike, this is a vast national park offering low level strolls and high top adventures alike!

  • The English 3000s – 4 mighty mountains inside 4 great days
  • Near Ambleside is the Langdale Valley offering a great starting point to access hills near and far.  A circuit of the Langdale Pikes is a classic day out taking maybe 6 or 7 hours.
  • From Keswick, easy or hard walks are easily found amongst the hills of Cat Bells or further afoot to Glaramara and Great End.
  • If exposure to height isn’t a problem a great day out is to climb Helvelyn from Glaramara – up and down in a longish morning is easily achieved.
  • Many more great Lake District walks that we can lead you on can be found on WalkingEnglishman.com

Walks in Snowdonia

Home to Wales’ 14 highest mountains in one fun-packed national park, Snowdonia’s wonderful jagged spires offer simple walks or full-on mountain adventures – croeso!

  • Climb Wales’ highest mountain Snowdon. Now there’s a right way to do this mountain, a wrong way and an adventurous way … Join us for an ascent of this one and we’ll do our best to find the right way for you and maybe try something a little more off the beaten track too. If it’s an adventure you want we will also happily guide you along Crib Goch too – but a head for heights is vital for this option.
  • A traverse of the Carneddau offer you the opportunity to bag 6 of Wales’ highest peaks in one day – and if you can leave a car at one end, a fabulous route that links up all the summits of this ridgeline takes you 18 miles from the coast at Conwy to the A5 in the Ogwen Valley. Wonderful day!
  • Y Garn and the Nantle Ridge is a wonderful ridgeline to explore and well out the way from the usual honey pots – with many options taking us from 3 hours to 7.

Yorkshire Dales – The Yorkshire Three Peaks

Nature: 25 miles – this is the original Three Peaks Challenge – a North of England classic and an ideal first experience for the adventure trekker. Starting and finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale and working clockwise we’ll attempt to walk the three highest hills of Yorkshire inside 12 hours.

Start / Finish: Horton in Ribblesdale
Accommodation: camping, bunkhouse or B&B
Price per group (1 – 6 people per leader) : £220 guiding only

Pen y Fan
South Wales Classic – The Brecon Beacons

Nature: Everyone loves this hill – the highest in South Wales: for its beauty by walkers and for its challenge by the SAS. However you take it – you can be sure of a great weekend on the hill with these great two days in the Brecons.

Base Point: Brecon or better …Talybont on Usk
Accommodation: Camping / B&B to suit
Price per person : £60 guiding only

See some pictures from a previous weekend here

Hadrian’s Wall Trail (best three days) – Northumberland

Nature: Hadrian’s Wall Path is the popular National Trail shadowing the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall. Here’s a choice selection spanning around 28 miles of the route which leads us on an historic journey through rolling hills taking in the rugged and beautiful British countryside with a healthy dose of Roman engineering!

Base Point: Once Brewed
Accommodation: Camping / YHA / B&B to suit
Price per group (1 to 6 people per leader) : £500 (three days) guiding only

For further trekking and walking holidays and treks overseas see our Trips.

A Note on Wild Camping

Wild camping – it’s natural, it’s organic, it’s low carbon footprint and everyone’s talking about it. It’s the new ‘in thing’ and it’s about time that you tried it!

Normally when you go camping you would book into a roadside campsite – pay your money and erect your tent next to your car. When you are wild camping you walk several miles into the middle of nowhere, select your spot and pitch your tent. It’s that simple.

True you have to carry your tent, and there won’t be a shower block when you get there. But there is a certain excitement and romance about solitude in the wilderness. And it doesn’t matter what the weather is like – it can be absolutely storming and howling or a beautiful vista out there, either way you’ll be chuckling with excitement – it’s really that great. Perched on a hill, away from noisy neighbours and busy roads a whole new feeling of contentment and joy will strike to your very core. Get it right and it’s brilliant. (We can provide the tents too).

There is a code to wild camping in England and Wales. Broadly it is as follows:

  • The pitch must be out of view of any road
  • You must erect your tent last thing and strike camp first thing
  • Where you camp should be at least 600m above sea level
  • You can not light a fire (for many good reasons)
  • You must not leave any litter (including your loo paper!)
  • And on that note – all ablutions need to be done in a hole and at least 30m down hill of any water source

Email will@will4adventure.com for further details on these trips, or

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