Midweek Holiday Break in The Peak District
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Enjoy a mid-week break in the lonely moors of the Peak District, the UK’s first area to be declared a National Park. Welcome signs of early spring on the high moorlands, looking out for hares and perhaps spying nesting kestrels on the tors, with the bleats of newly born lambs ringing over the hillsides. This is an area of heathered hillsides, boggy tracks and rocky outcrops, with timeless picturesque villages and farmhouses tucked into the valleys.
We have exclusive hire of 41 bed YHA Hathersage, in the village of Hathersage in Derbyshire, with plenty of space to social distance. The hostel has dozens of walks from the front door, making it an ideal place to explore the Hope Valley on foot. We’ll take advantage of our primo location and the frequent train service to usher us to different spots along the valley. All of our hikes are weather-dependent, so the exact place and length of our hikes may change based on conditions. Be prepared to hike between 10-14 miles each day.
Hathersage has a train station and is only 20 minutes from Sheffield. I will send out a notification 12 weeks prior, once tickets are released. If you choose to take the train, plan on spending about £80 for a return from London if you book in advance. There is also a small car park at the hostel if you choose to drive.
Covid guidelines are constantly changing and we will keep on top of any changes we need to make based on government recommendations.
MONDAY- arrive at YHA Hathersage anytime after 4pm. Free evening to explore the village.
TUESDAY- Hike. After breakfast, we will hike the Edge – this route leads through some outstandingly beautiful scenery and passes along the cliffs of the Stanage Edge as well as over the distinctive Higger Tor and the ancient iron-age hill fort of Carl Wark on Burbage Moor and down the spectacular wooded Padley Gorge. 12 miles.
WEDNESDAY- Hike. Today we utilise the train line to take us to nearby Edale. This is a circuit of the Kinder Scout moorland plateau in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District. From Edale, we follow the Pennine Way up to the top of the Kinder Plateau. Hiking across the Plateau, we will visit the waterfall Kinder Downfall (which on very windy days ends up not falling, but blowing backwards!). From here, we will loop across the open moorland before descending back to Edale station. 12 miles.
THURSDAY- Short hike. After breakfast, we will give the hostel a quick tidy and have our bags ready to go. Today, we will do the classic ridge hike of Mam Tor. Taking the train back to Edale, we will ascend to Mam Tor. From here, we will take ramble along the ridgeway to Holling’s Cross before descending to the station at Hope. 8 miles/ 14 km. Once back from our hike, you are free to make your way back to London or plan further travel in the area.
COST: £200 pp
INCLUDES: 3 nights stay in hostel, breakfast and packed lunch each day, 3 days of guided hikes.
NOT INCLUDED: Transportation and Dinner each night. There are plenty of shops and pubs in Hathersage- when the time is near, we can see about making smaller group bookings if need be.
What to bring: Mask and hand sanitiser. Hiking kit including full waterproofs. The Peak District is notorious for its boggy ground. Proper hiking boots, gaiters, warm hat and gloves and a few changes of socks are required. A more comprehensive kit list will be provided before the event.
Hope Valley, GB