Dark Peak Challenge Walk

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Start: Hathersage
Distance: 21 miles (34 km)
Grid Ref: SK232815
 
Climbing: 1,286 metres
Walk time: 6-10 hours
Days: 1

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Summary: The Dark Peak Challenge Walk is a demanding high level walk with over 1,200 metres of ascent. The circular walk which was designed by John Merrill starts from Hathersage while passing through typical Peak District scenery including river valleys, gritstone moorlands and outcrops, and plateaux. Interlaced are many historical items and eight inns. Whilst the walk is a challenge to walk in a day there is no time limit. From Hathersage the route goes via Brookfield Manor and North Lees to Stanage Edge. The edge is followed north to High Neb and Crows Chin Stones before the walk descends to the A57 at Moscar Lodge. After crossing the A57 Derwent Moor and Derwent Edge (Wheel Stones, White Tor, Salt Cellar, Cakes of Bread) are traversed to reach Bradfield Gate Head. Thereafter the walk descends to cross the gap between Upper Derwent Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir before ascending once more via Hagg Side, Woodcock Coppice and Hope Brink to climb Win Hill. After the climb it is downhill once more to the village of Bamford before heading across Peak District farming land to Hathersage.

Useful Links:
Dark Peak Challenge Walk
Long Distance Walkers Association


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