The Peak District Challenge

Later this month we’re pleased to be volunteering with the team at The Peak District Challenge, an ultra hiking and running event across some of the most striking scenery in the Peaks.

We wanted to share the challenge with you in a blog and up to the 21st of September you can follow the event and the build up on our instagram stories.

The Peak District Challenge

The Peak District Challenge was established in 2013 and is organised by the team at Wilderness Development. There are 5 routes to choose from ranging from a Back Before Dark 10km to a Gold Ultra 100km. The challenges vary in route taking in parts of the River Derwent, gritstone edges like Curbar and Frogatt and onto the surrounding moors and tors.

You can take part for your own chosen charity or donate to S.A.L.V.E International which is the partner charity for the race. But which race should you choose?

The limestone way heading towards Peak Forest
The Limestone Way leaving the Hope Valley

The Back Before Dark 10km

Starting at Hathersage, the Back Before Dark 10km is a race against the clock to make the finish line before the sun sets. If you’re a walker you’ll leave the start at 16.07 giving you three hours to hike along the River Derwent and climb to Dunge Brook and up to the edge of Offerton Moor and then back towards Hathersage. If you’re running the course you’ll set off at 188.07, giving you an hour to run the course.

The 25km Copper Challenge

The Copper Challenge starts in two waves of walkers and runners on the Saturday morning. On the route you’ll wind your way beside the River Derwent past Grindleford and onto Baslow Woods, Padley Gorge and Millstone Edge. The total ascent of the route is 700m.

The 50km Bronze Challenge

This is the route that we’ll be attempting next year! The challenge takes in the Hope Valley, Limestone Way and the edges surrounding Baslow before rejoining the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail and heading back to Hathersage. The target time is 12 hours.

The Roman road part of the  Peak District Challenge route
Looking over the Edale Valley on the Roman Road

The 75km Silver Challenge

The Silver Challenge is the first of the two overnight races. You can walk or run it and everyone starts at 9pm on Friday evening. The 75km route covers 2,235m of ascent over a 24 hour period. There are 8 refreshment checkpoints and the route is the flatter of the two overnight challenges but the distance shouldn’t be underestimated.

The 100km Gold Ultra Challenge

If you attempt this route you’ll spend 24 hours in the glorious Peak Park covering the best edges, moors and country lanes available. But it’s a hard climb ascending over 3,300m in total and 60 miles of mixed terrain. To be successful, you’ll need to cover 4kph to complete the challenge and navigate your way across the countryside.

For entry costs, public transport and celebration events and prizes take a look at the Peak District Challenge website. You can complete the challenge as an independent runner or hiker or take part in small teams of 2-5. If you’d like to find out more you can contact us by email or here, get in touch with Wilderness Development or follow the Peak District Challenge instagram page here.