Peak District Challenge

Needing another ‘proper’ walk before the RRR, I have been looking at an event in Derbyshire taking place three weeks before Rotherham. This weekend should be my last long walk before the RRR. Initially planned to be around thirty miles I have picked the 50k option from the available events over the weekend.

The Peak District Challenge (Bronze Route) is shown on the map (orange and white line).

The event will start from Hathersage at 08:00 and initially proceeds up the Hope valley to Castleton before a sharp ascent up to Pevril Castle along the Limestone Way.

The route then goes through Hay Dale before making it’s way to Baslow where it turns North through Culver and Grindleford in the shadow of Froggatt Edge.

Finally, the Derwent Valley Trail follows the river back to Hathersage.

The route is around fifty kilometres ( thirty two-ish miles ) and I’ll have twelve hours to complete it.

As can be seen from the profile, there are a few ups and downs with 1,200m of ascent (and descent presumably).

Obviously, I’ll need to do some hill work in the lead up to this event !

• Waterproof jacket with taped seams and hood. Softshell or “coated” products are not suitable.
• Waterproof trousers with taped seams.
• Walking boots or shoes with a good tread and ideally with high ankle support.
• A warm jumper/fleece/primaloft, in addition to what you’re wearing to start the event, and initially carried in your bag.
• Any personal medication you need, eg Inhaler, Epipen.
• A headtorch per person
• Drink bottle and personal snacks
• Warm gloves and hat
• Face covering (Tube scarf sufficient, can be same item as your “hat”)
• Personal hand sanitiser
• Event Wristband (Delivered with route guides, or collect on the day)

• Waterproofed physical maps of the Peak District . Electronic mapping and the route guide we provide are not sufficient on their own.
• Minor first aid kit including blister and wound dressings
• A spare headtorch and adequate spare batteries
• Separate, spare emergency food, not intended for consumption
• Whistle
• Compass
• Charged and waterproofed mobile phone
• Emergency shelter

Obviously, for an event over this terrain, there is a kit list.

In fact, there are two kit lists.

The first is the personal kit, with ‘proper’ waterproofs, head torch etc.

The second list is to be carried as a team kit. The event is primarily intended as a team event but the organisers allow solo entries (teams of one) to take part if they are confident.

The extra kit includes such things as physical maps, first aid kit, spare torch, mobile phone and an emergency survival bag (can’t get by with a foil blanket!)

I have just ordered a survival bag on Amazon for around £8. It is very small and weighs all of 4.2 ounces.

The waterproof map has also been bought from the same place.

Oddly, the BMC map is at a scale of 1:40,000 whereas the OS maps are usually 1:50,000 or 1:25,000.