The Peak District

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With breathtaking views and spectacular countryside the Peak District is a trail runners dream.

Located within Central England this glorious national park encompasses two diverse landscapes, the Northern dark peak filled with open moorland and gritstone crags and the Southern white peak with its rolling valleys and hills. The Peak District is home to some of the best off-road running routes in the whole of the country, housing over 1600 miles of public rights of way, the area offers an endless supply of running trails for you to explore.

Tour Highlights...

  • Experience the spectacular scenery, wildlife and dramatic  landscapes created by the region's numerous underground caverns and rivers. Climbing to the peak of Mam Tor is a must!

  • Visit the jewel in the Derbyshire crown and epitome of Georgian grandeur, the Chatsworth House Estate Perhaps even a short stop for afternoon tea whilst in your running shoes!

  • Enjoy the warm hospitality and attractions in the picturesque Derbyshire towns of Castleton, Bakewell and Hathersage. Sample the famous bakewell pudding in its hometown!

Our favourite routes...

Routes are for guidance only and will be tailored to suit your exact requirements

Castleton, Lose Hill, Mam Tor

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  • Distance - 7 miles/11 kilometres. Max Elevation - 1775 ft/541 metres.

  • Terrain - Mixed, Bring your Trail Trainers, Hydration Pack, Light Waterproof 

  • Highlights - Circular route offering amazing views of Castleton Village, Edale Valley, Peveril Castle and Blue John Cavern

Bakewell, Ashford in the Water

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  • Distance - 6 miles/9.6 kilometres.  Max Elevation - 695 ft/212 metres.

  • Terrain - Mixed, Bring your Trail Trainers, Hydration Pack, Light Waterproof 

  • Highlights - Circular route starting from the bustling town of Bakewell and through the charming picturesqe village of Ashford in the Water

Dovedale Circular 

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  • Distance - 13 miles/21 kilometres. Max Elevation - 325 ft

  • Terrain - Mixed, Bring your Trail Trainers, Hydration Pack, Light Waterproof

  • Highlights - This stunning route will take you along the River Doe to Milldale taking in the impressive limestone features of Lover's Leap, Tissington Spires and Dove Holes.  If you're feeling extra energetic you could always add a a climb of Thorpe Cloud to the route, views from the top are spectacular!

Kelly's Top Tips

The Peak District offers some of the best off-road running in the whole of the country.  Whether you're new to running or a seasoned pro there will be plenty of trails to suit you.

The pretty market town of Bakewell is a great base for exploring the local countryside and with an abundance of tea rooms all serving the famous Bakewell Pudding you'll never be short of energy!  

After a day on the trails I like nothing better than to relax with a large gin and a hearty meal and  a visit to The Bulls Head in Ashford in the Water is always my first choice.  With roaring log fires, wholesome homecooked food and a friendly welcome it's best way to finish the day.

Places To Stay

Whether you want budget friendly or a little more luxury we can find the right accommodation for you.

Budget Friendly, please note options are for guidance only...

YHA Ilam Hall, Ashbourne

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  • 17th Century Gothic Manor House set in 84 acres of National Trust parkland 

  • Perfectly placed for exploring Dovedale and the surrounding area

  • Comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities 

  • Facilities include restaurant, licensed bar, games room, on site parking

YHA Hartington Hall, Hartington

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  • 17th Century Manor House 

  • Ideally situated in a beautiful unspoilt area of the peak district

  • Comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities 

  • Premium room, The Roost

  • Facilities include cafe, licensed bar, games room, free wifi, on site parking

  • Bell Tents and Land Pods also available

Premium, please note options are for guidance only...

The George Hotel, Hathersage 

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  • 3 star luxury hotel in the historic village of Hathersage

  • Recently refurbished rooms with en-suite facilities

  • Superior Rooms available 

  • Facilities include award winning restaurant, licensed bar, on site parking

  • Great location for tackling the most famous walk/hill in the peak district, Mam Tor

Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Edale

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  • 4 star hotel in the heart of the Peak District 

  • Rooms with en-suite facilities, flat screen TVs, Wifi, robes and slippers in all rooms

  • Facilities include award winning restaurant, lounge and bar

  • On Site spa offering luxury treatments 

  • Complimentary use of indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and terrace hot tub.

  • Facilities include award winning restaurant, licensed bar, on site parking

  • Great location for exploring Castleton, Cavedale and Kinder Scout 

Sample Itinerary...

Itinerary is for guidance only and will be tailored to suit your exact requirements

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Friday

  • Arrival from 4pm - Welcome Drink, Check in, Unpack

  • 5km scenic run through the picturesque village of Castleton to stretch the legs and familiarise yourself with the area 

  • Evening meal and time to socialise at the George Inn, Castleton

Saturday

Breakfast at your accommodation

  • Transfer to village of Baslow for a 20km loop trail taking in Cubar Edge, Padley Gorge and Burbage Rocks (includes refreshment stop)

  • Lunch at Carriage House Cafe located in the beautiful 18th century stable block on the Chatsworth Estate. Free time to explore Chatsworth at your leisure

  • Return transfer to base to enjoy use of the Spa facilities and Spa Treatment at Losehill  (optional)

  • 4 Course a la carte dinner at the award winning Grafene restaurant

Sunday

Breakfast at your accommodation

  • 10km circular run from base to the top of Mam Tor with refreshment stop at the Ramblers Rest Coffee Shop

  • Back to hotel for check out and goodbyes