Ever since 2003 when we first went into business we have offered these weekend guided walks in the Peak District free of charge. Take a look, see what you fancy, and come along and join us!

Free Walking Weekend – 27/28 Nov 2021 – NOW FULLY BOOKED

Win Hill & Crook Hill 

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.  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 gear you should take with you can be found here

Free Walking Weekend – 22/23 January 2022 – NOW FULLY BOOKED

Eyam Moor

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 gear you should take with you can be found here

Free Walking Weekend – 26th/27th February 2022

Victorian Ways

Base Camp: Castleton

Saturday: Another fine walk of contrasts – combining the rugged NE corner of the Dark Peak with a strong flavour of Victorian agriculture and engineering. This walk takes us through the picturesque country village of Bradfield before heading up to Back Tor and Derwent Edge which cast their gaze over the Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs – themselves steeped in history. This is a great walk over a rather cheeky 15 miles.

Sunday: There’s some excellent and very pleasant walking just north of Hathersage where we’ll link together some paths high and low to give a lovely finish to a great weekend. We’ll be done by midday.

Price per person: free of charge!

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

Free Walking Weekend – 23rd/24th April 2022

Derwent & Bamford Edges

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 gear 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