Open Group Guided Walks in The Peak District
Bleaklow - second highest mountain in the Peak District New for 2013
Our walk takes you across the very wild and remote parts of Bleaklow. We get right off the beaten track to explore the hidden secrets of this huge expanse of high moorland. It is common to see Red Grouse and Mountain Hares. Our route takes us to Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow Head, and three aircrash sites where wreckage has lain since the 1930s and 1940s. On a clear day there are wonderful views from the edges of Bleaklow. A strenuous walk of about 10 miles/16km over rough ground.
Stanage and Bamford Edges
A scenic guided walk along the stunning Gritstone Edges of the Dark Peak. From the village of Hathersage, you will walk up to the famous Stanage Edge, a long gritstone edge with stunning views over the surrounding moorlands and hills. You will then take path and a moorland track up to Derwent Edge before returning on the lesser known, but very beautiful Bamford Edge, with panoramic views over Ladybower Reservoir and the Derwent Valley, then on quiet lanes and lower level paths through meadows back to Hathersage. This walk is approx 12 miles/19km with about 700 metres of ascent.
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Kinder Scout - The Big One!
An exhilarating walk onto Kinder Scout - the highest mountain in the Peak District. On a clear day you can enjoy stunning views around the gritstone edges. You will venture through the groughs and hags of the central Kinder plateau whilst looking out for red grouse, mountain hares, and a wealth of interesting moorland plants. You will learn about the importance and fragile nature of the peat bogs, and walk along the sandy bed of a river, then marvel at the highest waterfall in the Peak District. Approx 12 miles/19km with 700 metres of ascent on paths that are rough, stony and steep in places.
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Four Gritstone Edges
Our route takes us from Grindleford, steeply up the hillside to White Edge. Walking along the edge, on a clear day we have amzing views to distant hills and moorlands, and across Big Moor. We return along Baslow Edge, Curbar Edge, and part of Froggatt Edge - all part of the stunning ridge of gritstone that stretches for miles down the east side of the Peak District. We then descend steeply through bluebell woods before ending our day with a stroll through meadows and alongside the river. Approx 10.5 miles/17km with about 400 metres of ascent.
Derwent Edge and the hills around Ladybower Reservoir - New for 2013
From Ashopton Viaduct, we make our way up the hillside onto Derwent Edge. On a clear day there are amazing views of the reservoir, heather covered moorlands, and the hills beyond. We marvel at the fascinating gritstone rock formations including The Salt Cellar Boulder, The Wheel Stones, Cakes of Bread, and Back Tor. We descend to the northern end of Ladybower Reservoir before making up into the hills again on the other side for more wonderful views. Approx 11 miles/17km with about 700 metres of ascent.
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Over the hills to Eyam
Explore the magnificent heather covered moorlands of the Peak District. From the village of Hathersage in the Hope Valley, you cross the River Derwent on stepping stones before making your way up the hillside along the side of Abney Moor and over Smelting Hill. After a lunch break and some free time in the historic village of Eyam, your return will be over Eyam Moor with stunning views over the Derwent Valley. Approx 11 Miles/18km with 400 metres of ascent.
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The Great Ridge at Night - New for 2013
Being up in the hills in darkness is a unique experience. The Great Ridge has the benefit of comparatively easy paths to walk on and if it is clear, lovely views of the lights down below on one side in the Vale of Edale and on the other side, right down the Hope Valley. Added to that, Mam Tor was listed in 2011 by The Guardian as being one of the 10 best places to go star-gazing in mainland Britain. The distance is a maximum of 5.5 miles and the walk takes around 3.5 - 4 hours.
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Kinder Scout at Night - New for 2013
Being up in the hills in darkess is a unique experience. Join us for an adventure up to the southern edge of the Peak District's highest mountain on the exciting night walk. If it is clear we will be able to see the lights of the small settlements in the Vale of Edale below us and it is also an excellent area for star gazing. The distance is about 5.5 miles with approx 450 metres of ascent. The walk will take around 3.5 - 4 hours.
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Ridges & Hills of the White Peak
A strenuous walk to explore stunning limestone hills of The White Peak with their sharply pointed summits and almost knife edge ridges. From the village of Longnor we initially take a low level lane before reaching Chrome Hill which has the nick name of The Dragon's Back because of its shape. After Chrome Hill, we next ascend Parkhouse Hill, Hitter Hill and finally High Wheeldon. There are steep ascents and decesnts and a little bit of easy scrambling. On a clear day the views are amazing. Approx 11 miles/17.5km with about 600 metres of ascent.
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Open Group Guided Walks in The Derbyshire Dales
Charms of Chatsworth
A walk in the parkland, woods, and moorland around the majestic Chatsworth Estate. From the village of Rowsley we walk up the hillside through woodland and fields onto open moorland for wonderful views over the Derwent valley. We explore woodland behind Chatsworth House passing lakes which feed the famous water features in Chatsworth gardens. After passing by the historic Chatsworth House, we meander through traditional English parkland, and visit the picturesque estate villages of Edensor and Beeley. Approx 10.5 miles/17km with about 400 metres of ascent.
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Derwent Valley Heritage & Hills
A full day guided walk to explore the beauty and industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley. Your guide will take you high above the town of Matlock onto limestone tors with stunning views into the valley below. You will see Cromford Mill, part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, and follow the towpath of the Cromford Canal to High Peak Junction, once an important transport interchange, but now a tranquil place to relax. You will return through the hills and woodland on the opposite side of the Derwent Valley. Approx 9.5 miles/15km with about 500 metres of ascent.
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