12th Feb weather update - IMPORTANT:
(A copy of the email just sent out to everyone attending)
Below is the weather forecast for Hathersage where we are staying:
The following link is for the forecast on the top of the hills - please note the predicted wind speeds high up:
We will see how it pans out, but if it remains as such high winds on the peaks whilst it may sound like a fun adventure, it would be hard to stand up in these wind speeds on the peaks. If we do get these wind speeds it would be unsafe to do the planned peak top walks and we will not attempt them and will offer lower level alternatives making use of some of the valleys in the areas or we've even visited the reservoirs in the more sheltered valleys. This decision will be taken on Saturday morning when the day's forecast will be more accurate and we will advise on the walks on the Saturday morning briefing. Safety is paramount!
Please do note the previous guidance on waterproof and warm kit. It will feel cold - whatever the forecast is please ensure that you come fully prepared for possible windy, very cold and /or wet weather. Waterproof and warm kit is essential.
It's stunning, raw beauty, dramatic and rugged landscapes and natural charm along with picture postcard stone villages have resulted in the Peak District becoming the first designated National Park in the UK AND also the second most visited National Park in the world.
Come and let us show you why as we explore two of it's greatest and most famous hikes in this gem of rural Britain!
To see photos from the last trip please click below:
We will have two hike leaders on this trip so that we can have two different paces on the hikes and to split into smaller group sizes.
Photos - please note, all photos on this page (except for the hostel one) are taken by the hike leader from previous trips on the actual routes that you will be walking
We're staying in the very well preserved and picture postcard beautiful stone village of Hathersage and we have managed to secure the hostel this exclusively for our group.
In addition to the stunning natural beauty the area is also steepin in history. We'll hike past Northlees Hall - a 500 year old Elizabethan manor house which Charlotte Bronte based Thornfield Hall on after she stayed here in 1845. Little John from Robin Hood's time is even buried in the churchyard in Hathersage, having spent the remainder of his life here.
We're going to do two of the best known and arguably the greatest hikes in the Peak District: Kinder Scout and the Edale Skyline & Stanage Edge.
If it's wet on either day we will run the walks, but there will be an option to visit the famous collection of caves at Castleton close by too:
Friday 14th February
Head over to our accommodation in the Peak District Hills.
Our hostel in Hathersage village - which we have exclusive use of:
Saturday 15th February
Saturday's hike: Kinder Scout and the Edale Skyline
Distance: 10/11 miles (16/18 km) (two possible route variants depending on weather)
Rating: Medium/tough, some hills, a good level of fitness required. Some climbing over boulders required
We shall follow a dramatic route up on to the Kinder Scout plateau, following a stream up a narrow winding valley high onto the plateau It's then across the plateau and past Kinder Downfall - the highest waterfall in the Peak District before following the Pennine Way along a very scenic route. At 636 metres Kinder Scout is not just the highest point in the Peak District, but the highest point in the East Midlands. It is topped with a moorland plateau that offers some wonderful views.
Photos from our trips here in 2013:
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Sunday 16th February
Sunday's hike: Stanage Edge
Distance: 9 miles (15.5km)
Rating: Moderate, a couple of hills, nothing too tough
Stanage Edge is an iconic walk. A popular place with climbers and walkers alike, you can see Derbyshire on one side and Yorkshire on the other. We shall pass the 16th century castellated Manor House of North Lees Hall (the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in the book Jane Eyre and actually lived in by the Eyre family in the 17th century). The Hall was recently used for filming the latest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Stanage Edge has a dramatic and rugged drop to the side with some superb and far reaching views.
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
All payments are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. Once full payment has been received you may sell your space to a member of the same sex, however if you miss the final payment deadline or pull out of the trip before final payment is made your space will be lost and your deposit will not be refunded.
For details on making your final payment please see below:
Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. You will need drinks for the trip and money for drinks and dinner on Saturday night.
You will need to arrange transport to from and during the trip. We cannot get involved in these private transport arrangements but to help people with this, we have set up a discussion forum. If you can offer or need a lift please contact people from the below forum:
Alternatively to get to and from the trip itself there is a train station about 1 to 2 miles from the hostel so a walk or short taxi journey (Hathersage)
The price includes:
• 2 nights in single sex dormitory accommodation (4 and 6 bed rooms)
• Healthy continental style breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
• Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday
• Two hikes by an experienced and trained guide (both Walk Group Leader (MTE) and Mountain Leader (MTE) who is also a qualified outdoor activity First Aider.
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport between London and the Peak District and during the trip
• Evening meals, drinks and personal expenses
Your safety is very important to us and the main hike each day is led by a very experienced and also trained hike guide - both Walk Group Leader (MTE), Mountain Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. The additional hike option each day is led by an experienced hike leader who is also Outdoor Activity First Aid qualified. We detail our hikes so you can see what you're signing up for, but in the rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury and you need to come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.
Appropriate walking clothes and footwear. Hiking boots are strongly advisable for safety as well as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - >for more info please click here<
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