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All our day walks should be easily accessible for Manchester, Sheffield, East Midlands, West Midlands, West Yorkshire and many with good rail links even from London and the South.

Browse our Meetup site and you'll find lots of cracking walks and one or two bike rides as well.

At present, due to the coronavirus outbreak we have replaced our usual walks with a regular program of what we call "cohort walks" where members can get together in groups of no more than six to enjoy walks with full details published on our site.

See http://www.peakmeetupgroup.com/cohortwalks/readme.pdf

This cohortization of our walk programme will continue until at least Easter 2021. We know some other groups are continuing to walk with groups as large as 30 using the Ramblers Association advice as their justification for avoiding the governments "rule of 6". To our way of thinking this is just crazy with the threat of covid still very much in evidence. Whether it is legally justified or not which we think is doubtful, people walking with one group of 30 one day and a different group of 30 the next day mixing people from high risk and low risk areas is exactly what covid wants us to do and the scientists don't. Pictures from these groups walks often show a complete lack of social distancing as well as big group numbers which is a disgusting insult to the sacrifices made by NHS staff and the families of those who have lost their lives. We suggest countryside lovers follow the rule of six our cohort way and continue to enjoy what they love without threatening vulnerable members of society or the NHS.

Current government advice suggests we should be able to go back to groups of up to 30 after 17th May which we certainly plan to do if we can, although we shall also continue to offer cohort walks for a further period until they are no longer being supported.

We're a group for all ages and stages and I guarantee you'll be made very welcome at any of our events.

If unsure about anything please ask.

We are normally a subscription based group, however due to covid19 we have not pressed for membership payments in recent months but will start to do so again from 1st July 2021.

This means that new members joining after that date will be required to pay a membership subscription shortly after joining. Existing members as at 1st July who have not been pressed for subscriptions in recent months will be advised of the options available to them going forward. Many in the group are now Life Members and that status will continue without the requirement for further membership subscriptions.

You can therefore still join up currently without immediately paying a subscription and enjoy our cohort and shortly larger group walks with other lovely people wanting to get out into the great Peak District outdoors.

Regards

Gordon Conway

Co-organiser and Founder

Peak District Walkers, Hikers, Ramblers and Leisure Group

gordon@peakmeetupgroup.com

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Easier Cohort Walk to Dovedale and Tissington Trail

Narlow Lane

Don't be confused by the published dates and times, that's just the period the published walk remains current. Actually which day and time you do the walk doesn't really matter as it's whatever you agree with the other members of your cohort.

For those new to cohort walking we suggest you read our simple guide available at https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/readme.pdf and you'll very soon be an expert!

You form a cohort with up to five of our walking friends (and we'll help you make those connections) and do the walk either on the day it is first scheduled or at any point during the following seven days on a date and time to suit yourselves as a group. We provide details of the route and meet location and downloads including PDF and GPX for your cohort within this writeup to use in conjunction with the appropriate Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map or suitable electronic equivalent. Komoot, OS Maps or View Ranger for example.

If you don't currently have a cohort group to walk with, don't panic,RSVP for the event and put a message below advising which of the days on which the event is current that you would be interested in walking or respond to someone else's message advising of a cohort walking on a particular date and time with spaces free. Simple really.

We also have a whatsapp group you can join to assist with those conversations. Current members of the group will have been sent a joining link for that in recent emails so please ask if not currently part of that chat group. Because whatsapp doesn't show you previous posts when you join the group you need to rattle the cage a bit by letting people know that you are there, who you are and which walks or types of walks you are interested in joining.

Remember that car sharing (enclosed space!) is not in compliance with current government advice.

Please DON'T ATTEND if you are feeling unwell on the day, have recently returned (<14 days) from an area with a high incidence of infections in the UK or overseas or live within a designated local lockdown area.

Practice social distancing (2m) and take sanitiser for use around touch points like gates and styles.

Although just over 10 miles this walk is almost 80% along Dovedale itself which is lovely or the Tissington Trail neither of which feature any serious ascents so lots of pleasure and very little pain we hope.

Please take LOTS of pictures and upload them so everyone can see how much fun you had.

Here's the NEW map link so you can check the walks out against your paper map or electronic equivalent. Now with full zoom, brilliant.

https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/100521.html

Here's the GPX download so you can load it up to your electronic device with suitable mapping package.

https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/100521.gpx

Here's a PDF that provides an outline map (1:50,000).

https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/100521.pdf

Enjoy your cohort walking.

Distance: 10.5 miles

There are no toilets on this walk.

Total ascent about 450 metres

Additional information for those using digital devices:-

OS Maps link:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/8087259/PDW-Dovedale-and-Tissington-Walk

Viewranger link:

https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/Mzg0MjEzMg==

Komoot link:

https://www.komoot.com/tour/346389025

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Cohort based Three Peaks Warmup Walk

Yorkshire Bridge Inn

It's THREE PEAKS season again with longer days and therefore the chance to tackle those longer distances without walking in the dark.

In June we shall be tackling the renowned Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and some we are sure will want to set a good time for this. The Challenge is accomplished by doing 24 miles and 1585 m of ascent within a 12 hour time frame while others manage it in 8 hours or less.

This warmup challenge is cohort based and 22 miles and 1450m of ascent so a good measure of how hard the real thing is going to be.

HOWEVER, being based around the Ladybower Reservoir there are at least 3 points where you can head back to the start without further ascent doing as little as 9 miles in total if that is what you want.

It is probably best that those trying to get a good time let others know that from the outset and form cohort groups accordingly.

Don't be confused by the published dates and times, that's just the period the published walk remains current. Actually which day and time you do the walk doesn't really matter as it's whatever you agree with the other members of your cohort.

For those new to cohort walking we suggest you read our simple guide available at https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/readme.pdf and you'll very soon be an expert!

You form a cohort with up to five of our walking friends (and we'll help you make those connections) and do the walk either on the day it is first scheduled or at any point during the following seven days on a date and time to suit yourselves as a group. We provide details of the route and meet location and downloads including PDF and GPX for your cohort within this writeup to use in conjunction with the appropriate Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map or suitable electronic equivalent. Komoot, OS Maps or View Ranger for example.

If you don't currently have a cohort group to walk with, don't panic,RSVP for the event and put a message below advising which of the days on which the event is current that you would be interested in walking or respond to someone else's message advising of a cohort walking on a particular date and time with spaces free.

Under current government plans it is possible we won't be restricted to a maximum group size of six after 17/05/21 but this requires further confirmation and for a challenge event of this type six is probably as good a number as any so we will stick with that for the time being.

Remember that car sharing (enclosed space!) is not in compliance with current government advice.

Please DON'T ATTEND if you are feeling unwell on the day, have recently returned (<14 days) from an area with a high incidence of infections in the UK or overseas or live within a designated local lockdown area.

Practice social distancing (2m) and take sanitiser for use around touch points like gates and styles.

Please take LOTS of pictures and upload them so everyone can see how much fun you had.

Here's the map link.

https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/170521.html

Here's the GPX download so you can load it up to your electronic device with suitable mapping package.

https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/170521.gpx

Here's a PDF that provides an outline map (1:50,000).

https://www.cohortology.com/cohortwalks/170521.pdf

Enjoy your cohort walking.

Distance: 21.5 miles

There are toilets at the Heatherdene Car Park (Severn Trent)

Total ascent about 1450 metres

Additional information for those using digital devices:-

OS Maps link:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/8090581/PDW-3PeaksWarmup-Walk

Viewranger link:

https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/Mzg0Mjg0Ng==

Komoot link:

https://www.komoot.com/tour/346506549

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"New Start" Walk from Castleton

Castleton

NOW EXPECTING TO SPLIT INTO 3 GROUPS TO COMPLY WITH CONTINUING GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS.

IN VIEW OF THE LIKELY NUMBERS EXPECTED HAVE MOVED THE MEET POINT FROM THE VILLAGE CENTRE TO JUST OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE AT THE ROAD JUNCTION OF OLD MAM TOR ROAD, ARTHURS WAY AND A6187 (SEE MAP). WE WILL BE THERE FROM ABOUT 9AM ONWARDS TO DIRECT MEMBERS TO APPROPRIATE PARKING LOCATIONS. THESE INCLUDE THE A6187, OLD MAM TOR ROAD, PEAK CAVERN ALL DAY CAR PARK AND THE MAIN VISITOR CENTRE CAR PARK WITH ABOUT 400 MARKED PLACES IN ALL. COME EARLY IF YOU WANT TO BE SURE OF A SPACE.

Following recent government announcements AND unless circumstances change from that expected, we believe that we can start normal group Sunday walks again from Sunday 23rd May 2021.

Castleton has always been the hub of our group in the sense of our postcode and listed base so with many lovely walks to choose we thought that would be as good a spot as any to re-launch our normal group walk program from, after such a long gap.

There are definitely THREE walk leaders or possibly more to lead on the day so if the numbers require it, we will split into more manageable groups and offer alternate walks from 8 miles up to 13 miles in length to stretch some of those underused muscles.

Plan now with so many signing up is to ask people to arrive anytime from 9:30am onwards so the first group of 30 (government limit) will set off as soon as ready with the second group of 30 setting off similarly in the opposite direction. Final group will set off at 10:30am latest.

Surrounded by the wonderful scenery and so many lovely high places, a wonderful day out is guaranteed.

We shall of course take note of any government advice applying on that date and may decide if numbers require it to have staggered start times if this looks like being necessary. We will make a further update nearer the date.

It will be wonderful to see everyone again after our enforced break.

Cohort walks which are our self led group walks for up to six participants will continue to be published for as long as they continue to be supported by members alongside our revived program of normal walk leader led group walks.

Thanks to everyone for their continuing support throughout this challenging period, hopefully now coming to an end.

Middleton Dale & Coombs Dale Circular, Stoney Middleton

Roadside parking on A623 in Middleton Dale.

A short walk in an area, once dominated by industries, such as; Quarrying & mining.

Walk Route: Middleton Dale - Eyam Dale - Lane Head - Black Harry Lane - Rough Side - Coombs Dale - Stoney Middleton.

Walk terrain, consists of rough tracks & paths, field paths, short road & pavement sections. A couple of gradual ascents and descents.

Enroute we will view, various caves & mines, quarries and unusual buildings!

Sorry, no dogs. Distance: 3.96 miles. Total Ascents: 702ft.

Meet 6.50 for 7.00pm prompt start.

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