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PEAK PILGRIMAGE | 3 DAYS WALKING | MODERATE
September 1 @ 8:30 am - September 3 @ 4:30 pm BST
Have you ever wanted to explore the wonders of the Peak District?
If you love the great outdoors then we guarantee that you will enjoy the thrill of walking over some of England's most spectacular hills and moorland with a friendly, knowledgeable guide to ‘bring the experience to life', then take a guided walk in the Peak District with the Adventure Geek.
The 35 mile Peak Pilgrimage is a beautiful walk between Ilam and Eyam, two villages devastated by plague in the 17th century. There are higher mountains, steeper tracks and greater walking challenges in other parts of Britain, but nowhere is the walking more lovely, relaxing, accessible and soul-restorative than in the Peak District National Park. This is a journey for anyone who likes walking.
This guided walk is ideal for individuals, couples, friends, families, and small groups. A good pair of hiking boots and outdoor clothing are essential.
Accommodation options available – 3 nights at Hartington Hall. Book with us or book direct.
- 3 days hiking
- A daily shuttle service back and forth to the trail head from Hartington Hall
- An experienced guide on the ground to lead the way, with outdoor first aid certification and fully insured.
- Peak Pilgrimage passport and guidebook (collect stickers along the trail from the churches)
- Access to additonal training hikes.
HOW FAR WILL I NEED TO WALK?
You have booked and paid for your adventure, your rucksack is packed, your walking boots are well worn in and you have completed your training. You have your Peak Pilgrimage guidebook and you are ready for the off!
Day 1 – 1st September – ILAM – HARTINGTON
Distance – 9.5 miles.
The walk from Ilam to Hartington takes you through spectacular Dovedale and the delightful hamlet of Milldale.
Churches come in all shapes and sizes but few are smaller or more primitive than Milldale Methodist Chapel – no electrics, no toilet, no crumb of comfort in the pews, an 1835 time capsule! We can grab a coffee or perhaps an icecream before we take an easy climb out of the valley up to Alstonefield and a slightly more adventuress path down Gipsy Bank back into the valley. The walk to Hartington through Wolfscote Dale continues up the valley of the Dove. You will meet fewer walkers than in Dovedale but the valley is just as lovely.
Day 2 – 2nd September – HARTINGTON TO BAKEWELL
Distnce – 15.5 miles
The walk to Bakewell takes you along the ‘Tissington Trail’ – an old railway line across the High Peak. A popular café and the Bulls Head pub stand next to each other on the square. From Monyash the route through Lathkill Dale is full of spectacular geographical, botanical and historical interest. This is deservedly a ‘National Nature Reserve’. Eventually after a short but steep climb you emerge in the village of Over Haddon. Watch out for a café as you enter the village and the Lathkill Hotel as you leave it.
From the heights of Over Haddon the path takes us down into the only town on the pilgrimage route – Bakewell. This is full of shops, cafes, pubs and tourist attractions. (and of course we must stop for Bakewell Pudding!).
Day 3 – 3rd Sept – BAKEWELL TO EYAM
Distance: 14 miles
The route from Bakewell takes you over the magnificent Calton Pasture and offers you one of the finest views in England – looking over Chatsworth House, Capability Brown’s landscaping and the surrounding hills. Edensor is the Chatsworth Estate village. The very fine St Peter’s church was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and is the home church of the Dukes of Devonshire. We will see wild deer here! We will pass lots of villages today with craft shops, tea shops and lots of things to see and do before arriving at our final destination and point of the pilgrimage. Eyam Museum is well worth a visit which, among other things, tells the story of the plague.
£180 – for the guide, shuttle service, passports & guidebooks.
From £275 – if you would like us to book your accommodation.
DEPOSIT NEEDED: £100, then the balance will be sent to you via invoice on 31st July 2021.
Note: Full refunds are available up to 10 days before the walk.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.
Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk. On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.