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

  • May 23, 2014 · 10:30 PM
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20th May weather update:

The forecast is currently for some rain over the weekend. We will be going high up where it will be chilly and waterproofs should be considered essential. Please check nearer the time for a more accurate forecast:

Its 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 three of it's greatest and most famous hikes in this gem of rural Britain!

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.

We will be cooking on one night and to be able to get a chance to sample the local food we will be eating out on the other night

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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, they cannot however truly capture the beauty and magic of this enchanting place

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 steeped 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 three of the best known and arguably the greatest hikes in the Peak District: Kinder Scout and the Edale Skyline, Great Ridge and Mam Tor & Stanage Edge.



Friday 23rd May

Head over to our accommodation in the Peak District Hills.

Our hostel in Hathersage village - which we have exclusive use of:






Saturday 24th May

Saturday's hike: Kinder Scout and the Edale Skyline

Distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
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.

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):


Sunday 25th May

Sunday's hike: Mam Tor and Great Ridge

Distance: 8.5/9 miles (14km)
Rating: Medium/Tough
Ascent: 500m

This classic Peak District walk is an absolute gem and has some great attractions:

Walk the breathtaking ridge walk along "Great Ridge" with far reaching views

Pass nearby the ruins of Peveril Castle, perched high on a rocky outcrop

Visit Mam Tor - a hill on the move (about 25cm per year) and from which landslips have both made a number of smaller hills and also forced the closure of the road going through this valley.












Monday 27th May

Monday'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<):



All payments are non-refundable and non transferable 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 of how to make payment and the account details as well as details of how to pull out/buy a space, please see the link below:



Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In addition we have an ex professional chef joining us to cook dinner for us on one night at the hostel and we will be eating out the other night. You will need drinks for the trip and money for drinks and dinner on night when we eat out.

We can cater for vegetarians if we are advised at least 4 days in advance. Any other dietary requirements, intolerances, allergies, dislikes etc need to be checked and confirmed with us before booking a space on this trip. 


Please note: You will need to make your own way to the hostel for this trip and you will also need transport to the start of the hikes.  You do need to arrange this yourself and Outdooraholics cannot get involved in this, but to facilitate lift sharing, we have set up the following discussion where you can post details of lifts that you can offer/give:

The price includes:

• 3 nights in dormitory accommodation - we aim to have single gender rooms (4 to 6 bed rooms)

Healthy continental style breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

• Packed lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

• Dinner at the hostel on Saturday night

• Three hikes by two experienced hike leaders who are also qualified outdoor activity First Aiders.

• 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

• One evening meal on Sunday, 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<

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.

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  • Andy

    Thank you everyone for your great comments and I am so glad that you enjoyed the lakes. It's one of my most favourite places and to share the weekend with such a great bunch of people was amazing. Thanks to Big G as always for perfect planning and for taking me back to my care home! Come to Snowdon guys and we can do it all again! See you soon.

    2 · May 28, 2014

  • Elsie

    I really enjoyed my first weekend away with this group. Thank you Graham for a well organised trip. Lots of laughs and good fun. Excellent and delicious food - thanks to Tracie, Andy and team. Great hike leading too. Thx Kate for the drive to Chatsworth and the caves. Lovely meeting everyone. See you soon.

    2 · May 28, 2014

  • Ryszard T. K.

    1 · May 28, 2014

  • Joanna M.

    Loved meeting everyone and being in such beautiful nature. Excellently organised, lots of fun and perfect combination of activity and relaxing. Thank you Graham, Andy, Traci and everyone!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Katya

    For those girls who knew how poorly I was equipped for the first day hike goes this anecdote:
    Frustration – significantly intenser than the misery of that rainy day – took me when unpacking back at home I discovered my waterproof coat in my rucksack!! The bloody coat spent all Saturday sitting on my back, warm and dry! I got soaked, cold and angry with myself for forgetfulness - I believed I forgot the thing at home whilst it was tucked away in a pocket of this bag, which I used it for the first time and did not yet know well all its dozen of stash pockets…
    The lesson is – for an adventure never take a bag along unless you know it inside out :)
    This doesn’t apply to people though – you were all great, folks ;)

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Luisa

    amazing weekend, nice places, lovely people, good food (thanks Tracy), great hike and so much time I will take seriously the word "waterproof", found out that my clothes didn't meet the English stardard, but I happy I've learned so much! Thanks Grahan for the perfect organization!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Elena

    Thank you guys for yet another great weekend... you are starting to make me detest my weekdays!

    3 · May 27, 2014

  • Tracie

    This was an amazing way to spend my birthday in the Peaks. Each hike was truly a different experience. Thanks to the kitchen team; Angel, Marie and Elena for all you help! Was great to make some new friend and also reunite with some old ones too! Loved every second!! Hope to see you all out on the trails again soon!

    4 · May 27, 2014

    • Elena

      It was our pleasure to help you and Andy out in the kitchen, let us know anytime you need a bunch of sous-chefs!

      1 · May 27, 2014

  • Marie

    Great time in the Peak District. Thank you Tracy, Andy, Danny, and Graham. I will definitely sign up for an upcoming weekend.

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Angelo

    Great walks suitable for most beginners and intermediate hikers.

    It was useful to have three hike leaders setting up a suitable pace for beginners & intermediates and following different routes.

    All routes from Edale, Castleton, Hathersage are very scenic; the bits of background history made the entire trip more memorable. Scrabbling was fun but safe, regarding the slippery surfaces due to the wet weather.

    A decent level of fitness and hiking experience is probably recommended

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Mel

    First time with this group. Very good and organized. The weather at day 1 was pretty miserable but that wasn't Graham's fault. He isn't god yet. :)

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Cheang K.

    My virgin hike with the group was amazing. Love the lasagne and great people ! Thank you Graham, Andy, Tracy and Danny. Looking forward to the next outing =)

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Ryszard T. K.

    Good accommodation, good food (carrot cake ftw!) and a good bunch of people. Hiking routes and speed well planned taking note of everyone's abilities. Hike leaders good at keeping a close eye on people without limiting their space. See you next time!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weekend, very well organized as usual. Thank you Andy and Tracie for the delicious food you cooked for us. Graham & Danny, thanks for looking after my finger and all the motivational speech on chopping it off.
    Looking forward to other hikes!

    3 · May 27, 2014

  • John

    Thanks to Graham, Andy, Tracie and Danny for all their efforts over another great hiking weekend. It was good to meet so many interesting people and look forward to seeing those who make the social event on Thursday.

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Graham

    Tracie, Andy - our group chefs - you've surpassed your already very high standard for superb food and thank you so much for such another delicious meal. Catering for 42 with abundant food and no need for portion control is quite an achievement in itself! Thanks To Tracie, Andy and Danny for hike leading too and to so many other wonderful people for all your help throughout the weekend, great banter, lots of laughs and some very brave hikers despite the rain. Hope to see everyone on a trip again soon :-)

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Danny

    Fantastic trip, even if we got soaked on Sat! Thanks to Andy, Tracey and team for the fantastic food Sat night, and of course to Graham for the usual brill organisation.

    2 · May 26, 2014

  • Jenny

    Excellent weekend. Really enjoyed the walking, sightseeing and food (especially the carrot cake!). Fab group, as always. Good fun even with the rain. And thanks for the mug.

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well organised, exceptional food, beautiful and varied hikes and fantastic company! Despite the poor weather, I had a great weekend!!!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Ali

    Excellent weekend, well organised, lovely group of people, delicious food and nice scenery.

    1 · May 26, 2014

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