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Peak District National Park - weekend walking event - July
The Peak District has 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. 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, Great Ridge and Mam Tor & Stanage Edge. The Peak District is a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at its heart the Peak District National Park, known and loved by millions for its breath-taking landscapes, relaxation, inspiration and adventure. Spanning parts of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire in the heart of England, it’s home to dozens of market towns & pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events. We will walk 2 of these infamous walks: Hike 1: 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. Hike 2: 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. Hike 3: 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 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.

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What we're about

Exhilarating - Hiking,Biking, Scrambling and Via Ferrata.

This is a group for outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventurous multi-activities at affordable prices. I started this group for people to socialise and experience the outdoors together.

My events consist of hiking, cycling day trips and active weekends away. Longer events for 5-7 days to destinations abroad to Europe are organised for those who want a more intense and strenuous experience or a variety of activities (e.g. Hiking, cycling tours, mountain biking, white water rafting, scrambling and Via Ferrata). These trips are affordable because we generally use Youth Hostels and cater for ourselves and everyone helps and contributes towards the weekend. We will occasional stay in luxurious cottages, Villas, Chalet and hotels depending on numbers and demand.

This group is different to large scale hiking groups in the following way:

1. To ensure a safe and intimate event, my events will remain small in numbers. No more than 20 for a day walks, 14 for bike rides and 14 for weekend events. With small numbers there's less waiting around!

2. Happy to teach map reading and navigation to anyone who is interested to learn. I will bring a spare OS map and compass. Also happy to teach how to deal with bike roadside breakdown if it happens during our cycle ride (punctures, snapped chain, gears adjustment and adjusting brakes).

3. When we use drivers for weekend away events, I will co-ordinate the drivers and members requiring transportation. I will also ensure drivers are compensated for their fuel and service in advance. If possible I will give drivers the best rooms to ensure they have a good night sleep.

4. Most meals are in self catering venues and it will be home cooked healthy food (there will always be the great English fry up option for those who want it)

5. For bike events, if you don't have your own bike or don't want to transport your bike, I am happy to hire bikes and transport it to the start point of the ride.

6. For weekend hiking events I can help with loaning hiking boots, hiking poles and even waterproof jackets at no cost if you are new to the outdoors or new to London.

7. When we use hostel, there will never be more than 4 in a room. I would normally try and secure rooms for 2 to 4 people.

I have over 15 years of diverse hiking and biking experience and have lead many groups to explore many parts of the UK and Europe. I am Mountain Leader trained, Outdoors First Aid qualified, Basic Expedition Leaders qualified and operated youth programmes previously with Raleigh International and DofE. I have extensive hiking experience in North and South America and Europe.

All level of abilities are welcomed but a good level of fitness is required for those who want to join the more strenuous activities. I organise the logistics for our hiking trips so that you don’t have to. I find the locations, book the venues and organise all catering for weekends.

The aim is to explore and hike in picturesque and beautiful rural locations throughout the British Isles and beyond. We regularly visit all of the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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