White Peak Challenge PEAK DISTRICT CHALLENGE WALK
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ & Mountain Leader
A beautiful walk through the Manifold Valley & Dovedale
33 km (21 miles) – 400 metres of ascent – 10 hours
The White Peak Challenge walk is a beautiful route through the stunning valleys of the Manifold Valley (Staffordshire) and Dovedale (Derbyshire) in the White Peak of the Peak District, so named because of the gleaming white and grey rocks of the underlying limestone.
Starting and finishing in the lovely village of Hartington, the route takes in the very best of the Manifold Valley, with its famous caves and limestone tors, before reaching the beautiful village of Ilam. Our route then follows the River Dove northwards through stunning Dovedale, with ancient woodland and towering limestone crags, back to Hartington.
The route follows good paths and tracks all the way, including the old railway trackbed of the Leek and Manifold Light Railway through the Manifold Valley, and well-made paths through Dovedale. The walk passes through lots of ancient woodland, alongside sparkling rivers and across fields and pastureland. There are some ‘ups and downs’, with a short but quite steep optional detour up to Thor’s Cave.
It is a demanding walk due to its length (33 km / 21 miles) and so must be approached with preparation and training, but it is also an rewarding walk that will be remembered for many years.
Mark Reid knows the Peak District like the back of his hand and will guide you around this route (whilst also sharing his knowledge of the area), so that you can forget about navigating and concentrate on enjoying the walk!
This guided walk is designed for solo or small groups of walkers who want to take on the White Peak Hike challenge walk, but don’t want to worry about route finding.
- Fully guided walk with Mark Reid (Mountain Leader)
- Experience the camaraderie of walking a challenge route with other like-minded walkers
- Discover the history, heritage, flora and fauna of the Peak District
- Share your sense of achievement with your fellow walkers
- Small group sizes – maximum 10 people per walk
- You are GUARANTEED not to get lost on our guided walk!
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
7:30am: Meet at Hartington, Peak District
8am – 6pm: Fully guided walk around the White Peak Hike challenge
6pm: Debrief back at Hartington, then head home
NB: Finish time is approximate. There are cafes and toilets at Hulme End, Wettonmill, Ilam Hall and Milldale, which we reach at approximately 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- No previous hill-walking experience is required as full guidance will be given.
- This is a long distance challenge walk that covers 33 km (21 miles) in a single day, with 400m of ascent that will take around 10 hours to complete. It is a long and demanding walk, with rough terrain in places. Much of the walking surface is along paths, tracks and lanes with hard surfaces (tarmac, gravel etc), with some field, woodland and riverside paths. The route is mostly in quite narrow limestone valleys.
- A good level of fitness and stamina will be required to complete this walk; preparation and training will be necessary.
- Successful completion of this walk will depend upon your own level of fitness, stamina and preparation, as well as good fitting boots and no minor injuries along the walk, such as blisters, pulled muscles or sore knees etc. By taking part in this guided walk, you understand and accept the risks involved in undertaking a long distance challenge walk. Participation of this guided walk is no guarantee of successful completion.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 17,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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