Tackle the classic High Peak circuit: The Edale Skyline.
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
If you’re looking for a great day’s walking or a route that is enough of a challenge to be classified as a charity fundraising epic then The Edale Skyline pretty much fits the bill.
In fact this High Peak circuit is great in so many ways in terms of length, scenery and interest-value, that it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular long distance routes in the Peak District.
Where to start – well there’s Roman roads, gritstone edges, weird rocks and a tough(ish) climb before the reward of striding out along one of Britain’s best ridges accompanied by breathtaking scenery.
At 22 miles the Edale Skyline is certainly no walk in the park but it is an enticing, tough but do-able challenge that is a great introduction to long distance walking. At the end you will be nicely shattered but elated nonetheless.
Walking the challenge..
We need to start early to bag this big one and so we congregate at the gateway to the Vale of Eden in the Peak District, in the village of Hope (an apt name perhaps for those who are feeling a bit of trepidation).
From Hope we hike via Win Hill Pike to Kinder Scout’s precipitous gritstone edges, natural wonders that will leave you staring in awe as we head west with views of Edale and the huge expanse of moorland plateau.
Soon we reach the Woolpacks (no not the pub in Emmerdale) but a group of weirdly shaped gritstone formations that would give a Henry Moore sculpture a run for its money.
We then briefly join the Pennine Way as we round the horseshoe towards Mam Tor’s iron age settlement with plenty of stonking views along the way that will help eat up those miles.
Finally we traverse the Peak District’s finest ridge to Lose Hill before descending from the High Peak into the warm embrace of Hope no doubt with the group discussing who’s buying the first drink!
Meeting Time & Location
18 Castleton Rd
18 Castleton Road
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018