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Jane Eyre's Peak District - 2nd most visited National Park in the world WEEKEND

  • Feb 14, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2647338

The following link is for the forecast on the top of the hills - please note the predicted wind speeds high up:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Kinder-Scout/forecasts/636

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:
http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/133405622/

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



Weekend Description

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:
http://speedwellcavern.co.uk/

 

ITINERARY


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
Ascent: 450m

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
Ascent: 380m

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<):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payment

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:

http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ/


Food

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.

 

Transport

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: 
http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/41506732

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

 

Safety

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<

 

Terms and Conditions

Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury and you need to come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.

By signing up to this event you acknowledge agreement to this and also the Terms and Conditions below:

http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions/

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  • kasia

    It was great weekend. I really enjoyed time of being there.. looking forward to meet all of you next time ;) Many thanks to Graham and Danny for everything.. You are stars ! :).. I've never seen anyone as well organised as you guys... Do zobaczenia wkrotce! :)

    February 21, 2014

  • Greta G.

    It has been a truly wonderful experience!
    Thanks so much for the brilliant weekend, great hikes, wonderful people and needless to say excellent organisation. Looking forward to the next trip!

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • Kasia G

    Truly fantastic trip! Many thanks to Graham and Danny for all your efforts!!! Regardless tough mudder conditions it was fun as the beauty of nature and people made up for it ;) Looking forward to more trips :)

    4 · February 18, 2014

  • jo

    Fantastic organisation and fund hikes in challenging weather

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • jo

    great hiking, great people, great fun : )

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous weekend; great people, good food, and perfect weather for ducks. Hope to see you all again soon.

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Judy

    Excellent adventure! Loved the hikes, company, pub, etc. Wonderful to meet and make new friends. Appreciate the beautiful photos people have been posting. Look forward to the next one.

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Danny

    Fantastic weekend, even with the horrendous weather on Sat. Looking forward to my next trip!

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Deborah C.

    You haven't lived until you've had sleet hitting your face at 30mph! Awesome weekend!

    4 · February 17, 2014

  • david

    All around great weekend. Not at all spoiled by some atrocious weather.

    3 · February 17, 2014

  • Graham

    What a contrast - gale force winds on Saturday with sun and mild weather on Sunday! Thank you very much everyone for all your help, being a fantasticly fun group of hikers and also for your understanding on our need to provide alternative Saturday routes given the high winds forecast which would have made it very unsafe. We take pride in pre planning and pre hiking all our routes, but on rare occasions safety does mean we need to alter the planned hikes. Thank you very much to Danny for all your help with the food, hike leading and everything else! Hope to see everyone again soon!

    5 · February 17, 2014

    • Rashmi

      Thank you Graham and Danny for a memorable weekend. I had so much fun, had so many laughs, met some incredible people. Graham, I d happily let you be my shepherd ;) You are a great hike leader. Hope to see you soon. Rashmi. x

      3 · February 17, 2014

  • Yogi

    As usual, very well organised. Great people, walks and food. What else could one ask for :). Thanks Graham

    3 · February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys! I'd like to thank Graham and Danny for organising this trip and say hello to all the people I've met! Great idea, time well spent, amazing views and cool people! Selfish plug: feel free to fb me - facebook.com/paw.duda See you on future Outdooraholics meetups. I'll put some more photos (with people) online in a different place. Will let you know! See you!

    6 · February 16, 2014

  • Fernando

    Hello to all, what i can say about this weekend, to start thanks to Graham and Dani for a great organization, much appreciated!! And to all the great people i meet this weekend, it has been fantastic to share this time with all of you, and hoping to see in future events. Un abrazo a todos!!!!

    7 · February 16, 2014

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