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 – 23rd/24th April 2022
Derwent & Bamford Edges
Base Camp: Castleton
Saturday: This is a fabulous walk that takes in two great grit-stone edges affording us views
deep into the Dark Peak. From leaving the cars we will quickly make our way for the first climb of
the day, heading for Derwent Edge. We’ll follow this almost all the way to Back Tor, before
heading down towards Strines Inn. We won’t stay low for long, before starting our next steady
climb with the walk leading us back towards Stanage. Then we can expect a bit of confused route
finding (where the path is shown on the map and where it is are two different things altogether)
before we make it up to Bamford Edge. Up here I will surely regale you with a climbing yarn
before descending tired, but very happy, to our cars and then the pub! A very manageable
(though hilly) 15 miles.
Sunday: A short walk that leads us out of Castleton up the Limestone way. 10am start and we
should be done for 1230.
Price per person: free of charge!
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!