Trek Training Walks

Great training for Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp or the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge!

Trek Training in the Peak District.  Photo by Frank Peters 

Trek Training in the Peak District.  Photo by Frank Peters

Our trek training walks in the Peak District and Lake District, are specially designed for those preparing for non-technical, overseas guided treks, in summer conditions, up mountains such as Kilimanjaro, Jebel Toubkal, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and Everest Base Camp.


They are also useful for those training for guided mountain challenges in the UK such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.


Most tour operators organising mountain walking holidays or charity challenge treks, recommend hill walking as being one of the most effective methods of preparing your body to sustain several consecutive days of uphill climbs.


Of course you don't have to be training for anything to enjoy one of these walks.  If you simply enjoy a challenging hill walk, then they could be perfect for you! 

Trek Training in the Lake District

We have two options for Trek Training walks:

  • Join open group walks on the set dates listed below
  • Arrange private guided training days on mutually convenient dates. 

We can suggest suitable local accommodation if required.


If you will be travelling by public transport, please contact us for advice.    


You might also find our Trek Training Advice useful.  It includes our Top Ten Tips for training!  



Open Group Trek Training Walks

The cost to join our open group trek training walks is £38 per person, per day.  You will be in a small walking group of usually no more than six participants plus your friendly, professional guide. 


Our trek training routes do vary in the degree of difficulty.  As a general rule, the more ascent, the more challenging the walk will be.  If you are in doubt as to the best walk to book for the particular trek you are training for, please contact us for advice.  If you are completely new to hill walking, or have any doubts about your fitness level, you might like to choose one of our ordinary 'open group' walks first.  All routes are subject to change depending upon weather and ground conditions.  Dates are below.  





Saturday 7 December - Derbyshire Dales (Guided by Rachel Bolton)

Based around the towns of Wirksworth and Cromford, the route includes an ascent to Black Rocks and visits the High Peak Trail, Cromford canals and disused lead mine sights.  About 11 miles/18km with approx 900 metres of ascent. 


Sunday 8 December - Southern Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)

Lots of ascending from and descending to Dovedale with steep sections and contrasting scenery.  It includes an ascent of Thorpe Cloud and visits the hamlet of Milldale.  About 9 miles/13km with approx 1,100 metres of ascent. 




Saturday 4 January - Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)

A trek on each side of Ladybower Reservoir from Ashopton Viaduct. The route includes Crook Hill, Lockerbrook, Fairholmes, and Whinstone Lee Tor.  About 10.5 miles/17km with approx 970 metres of ascent.  Earlier start time 8:45am.  


Sunday 5 January - Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)

This trek visits the wonderful high points of Win Hill and Bamford Edge from Ashopton Viaduct.  Stunning views!  Distance is about 12 miles/19km with approx 990 metres of ascent.  Earlier start time 8:45am.  


Saturday 25 January - Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)


From Castleton, a full traverse of the great ridge of Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor and Lose Hill via various ascents and descents.  Also including an ascent of Cave Dale.  About 9 miles/14.5km with approx 1,200 metres of ascent.  


Sunday 26 January - Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)

From Edale main car park, a double ascent of Kinder Scout via the steep routes of Crowden Clough and Grindsbrook Clough.  Distance about 11 miles/17km with approx 1,200 metres of ascent.


MARCH 2020


Saturday 21 March - Yorkshire Dales - Fully booked

(Guided by Cath Lee)

From the village of Ingleton, Ingleborough, West Fell, and Twisleton.  About 12 miles with approx 1,056m of ascent.  


Saturday 28 March - Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)

From Longnor, our trek includes an ascent of a collection of hills known as The Dragon‘s Back. They are in fact a unique strand of sharp limestone hills.  Approx 9 miles/15km with about 840 metres of ascent.   


Sunday 29 March - Peak District

(Guided by Rachel Bolton)

From Monsal Head, this trek weaves it’s way up and down Monsal Dale with steep ascents and descents.  Highlights include an impressive viaduct, the Monsal Trail and the River Wye.   Approx 900 metres of ascent.





July 4th & 5th - Peak District with Rachel Bolton.  Details available soon.


July 18th - 25th - Not specifically trek training, but please consider our week of mountain walks in Scotland with Cath Lee


More dates for 2020 to be added



On most of our trek training walks, we meet at 9:15am ready to set off at 9:30am.  Meeting points vary and will be advised to you with your confirmation of booking.  Please contact us if you need to know the exact starting point before booking.


Please note that dogs are not normally allowed on our 'open group' trek training walks. 

Book for Peak District Trek Training

Trek Training, Peak District and Derbyshire - Challenging Hill Walk

Next available date - Saturday 7 December.  Guided Trek Training Walk in the Peak District and Derbyshire with Rachel Bolton.  Dates as detailed on our Trek Training page.  

Guided Trek Training Walk, Peak District or Derbyshire with Rachel Bolton


  • Places available

Book for Lake District or Yorkshire Dales Trek Training

Trek Training, Lake District or Yorkshire Dales - Challenging Hill Walk

Sorry, the only date currently available is fully booked.  More dates in 2020 might be added in the new year.

Guided trek training walk, Lake District or Yorkshire Dales with Cath Lee


  • Fully booked

What to wear and bring with you
Download our general information sheet that provides further information about our guided trek training walks, including what to wear and what to bring with you on the day.
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Private Guided Trek Training Walks

Private guided trek training walk

We can offer Trek Training walks on a wider range of dates throughout the year for small groups, couples or individuals booking on a private guided basis.


This allows greater flexibility, as we can tailor the day to your individual requirements.  For available private guiding dates, please see our guided walking calendar.


Prices from £170 per day, the cost of which can be shared between members of your group, so for five or more people it can work out cheaper than joining one of our open group walks.


Please contact us to enquire and to book.

In recognition of the fact that many of our customers are training for treks abroad where they will be using the services of local mountain porters, Peak Walking Adventures provides corporate sponsorship to the International Porter Protection Group as well as other charities.