A little more detail on the guided runs / walks offered by First Light Active. If you would rather have a bespoke service please get in touch. We can offer a flexible approach to suit your needs. Services start from £160 (full day) £110 (half day)
Runs and walks
OK not running as in flat out fell running but more speed sightseeing. I lead them at a pace to suit the group, if someone has energy to burn they can do an extra hill repeat! Pace expectations will vary depending on the terrain and the weather conditions / conditions underfoot. Typically we will jog / run the flats / downhills and walk (briskly) up the climbs. The route choice may also be influenced by the weather – do we go clockwise or anticlockwise? Photo opportunities abound on these circuits, there are special places and special views. It would be churlish to run straight past without a quick stop, chat about it and photo. Again if you wish to keep running you can do an extra hill repeat.
If people want to do either of these routes, but as a walk, we do offer guided walks of the same circuit the following day.
It’s a classic, and it happens to be one of my favourite Peak District challenges. This open, airy route allows you to tackle summits, edges and ridges as you traverse the skyline around the beautiful Vale of Edale. A challenging route of just over 20 miles with a series of climbs totalling 1,400m of ascent, it requires a decent level of fitness and sufficient endurance for 6 – 7 hours on foot.
Famous highlights of this route include Win Hill, the southern edges, tors and towers of Kinder, Rushup Edge leading on to the Great Ridge, Mam Tor and its Iron Age earthworks, before finally tackling Back Tor and Lose Hill prior to our last gentle descent into Hope.
2020 dates are 11.4.20; 25.4.20; 20.6.20; 18.7.20;1.8.20; 22.8.20; 29.8.20
White Peak Challenge
The White Peak Challenge was devised by the local lad John Merrill. A circular route starting at Bakewell and looping around the White Peak including Chatsworth, to Birchover, Robin Hood’s Stride, Youlgreave, Lathkill Dale and Monyash and back over gritstone country. Gentler climbs? Don’t be fooled, this route still saps with it’s terrain throwing plenty of variety at you.
25 miles and 1200m of ascent. It’s tough enough without running past some of the fine pubs that we’ll encounter!
Dates available are 31.5.20; 27.6.20; 18.7.20; 8.8.20
A selection of fine routes that can be undertaken to round off your day.
Hartington and its Dales
A lovely route with a stark contrast from wide expansive views to pinched in valley floors. Its 9 miles and 450m of ascent takes you through a beguiling blend of sights. From the duckpond at Hartington we trot over to Biggin Dale and follow this to its convergence with Wolfcotesdale. Follow the river Dove south. Masochists can do a hill repeat of Gypsy Bank, the sane will continue to Coldeaton Bridge before climbing up to Alstonefield.
From here it’s expansive views time as we head north through Narrowdale and back to the Dove passing Pike Pool in Beresford Dale. A few more fields and we are back at the Duckpond.
Dates available 18.4.20; 25.7.20; 7.8.20;