Tranquil bolthole, terrific tramping and tasty grub in the Peak District
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level3 Three
We’re not kidding when we say this is a ‘get away from it all’ hiking weekend in the Peak District as we’ve gone all-out for rustic charm, isolation and tranquillity.
We’re staying in the National Trust’s Dalehead bunkhouse which is tucked away deep in the Edale Valley surrounded only by sheep, streams and starry skies.
From the front door we’re straight into great walking territory so we’ll make the most of the location with two days’ striding that will also include opportunities for breaking up the journey with pub stops.
Back at the bunkhouse with its cosy living room complete with roaring log fire, a two-course meal provided by us, and a chance to stargaze outside the front door, you’ll soon be a revelling in the rural isolation of it all.
In a nutshell:
- Switch off with a weekend in a beautifully remote location.
- Stride out on some great guided yomps through scenery packed with variety – from airy ridge walking to peaceful riverbank meandering.
- Savour the whole experience of being with a great group of people in a bolthole that really takes some beating.
Hiking the Peak District Dates:
- Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May 2020
- Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August 2020
We can hear the shrieks of ‘where are we going’ as you venture down the track to the bunkhouse but rest assured it really is worth it!
As soon as you pull up in front of the stone built farmhouse that is our home for the weekend and breathe in the country air, you’ll feel the shoulders fall and relaxation mode kick in.
With dinner on the go and cups of tea being served, our host will help you settle in and meet the others.
Then over dinner (and when we can get a word in edgeways) we’ll go through plans for the next few days.
After breakfast and having packed up lunch we stride out for a 12-mile hike that soon has us climbing up onto Rushup Edge which offers fantastic views across the Peak District.
From there we make for Kinder Scout, skirting the edge of the peak and stopping to admire the weather-sculpted boulders known as the Woolpacks before picking our way down the rock-strewn terrain to Grindsbrook Clough.
With our noses pointed from home we keep descending into the hamlet of Edale which is the official start of the Pennine Way and also happens to have two lovely pubs. Therefore it would be rude not to stop and a have a cheeky pint before strolling on for the short walk back to the bunkhouse.
Once back, there’s ample time for relaxing before dinner (or a BBQ if the weather is kind).
Today’s jaunt will be around eight miles long and will see us make our way up to our first summit Hollins Cross before venturing onto Mam Tor (known as the Shivering Mountain).
After soaking up the fine views overlooking Castleton we drop back down to the bunkhouse before heading into Edale for a final lunch.
Good to know:
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Edale (Derbyshire), this is then about a 20-30 minute walk to the Bunkhouse.
Taxi: We are not aware of any local taxi firms.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of 4 – 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
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
“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
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