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Peak District Skyline Picture 1

Next departure:  16/04/2021

Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  632m

Dist:  26.2 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Peak District Skyline Challenge

Trek Adventure

This marathon length challenge with a half marathon option shall see us taking in one long day of trekking along the Roman Roads, gritstone edges and classic ridges of the Vale of Edale and the Pennine way. Get ready for this massive challenge - and also be ready for a beautiful walk through breathtaking scenery. We shall climb up from Edale on to the first ridge line to take in Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Lord's Seat before dropping back down into the Hope Valley at Upper Booth. We shall then pick up the classic Pennine Way up Jacob's ladder to gain the highest peak of the day Kinder Low at 632m. At this point there is the option to head down the mountain and return to base achieving 13 miles in total. For those completing the full distance we shall then follow the Southern ridge of the Kinder Scout plateau overlooking the array of unusual peat formations along the way. Once up on this ridge line, we won't dip below 1,000ft until we drop down to cross the river Ashop and track around the edge of Ladybower Reservoir. The final ascent is then up and over Winhill Pike and then back into the Hope Valley to return to base. Expect to complete the challenge in around 10-11 hours! Note: These routes can be customised to meet your groups needs, such as including additional transfers, feed stations, support vehicles, and route adaptations.

Our trek starts and ends from our accomodation in Edale, gateway to the Vale of Edale. After an early breakfast we shall take in the precipitous gritsone edges, heading round a full loop of the Skyline commencing with the Mam Tor ridge line with spectacular views and the forbidding interior of the Kinder plateau. After reaching Kinder Low, we continue on the Southern ridge of the plateau, round Ladybower Reservoir, up and over Winhill Pike and then back into the comfort of Edale - where a well-deserved drink awaits!



Day 1
Meet in Edale by 19:00
Team briefing

Day 2

05:30 - Early breakfast
06:30 - Kit Check, Briefing & Depart Bunkhouse
07:00 - Start Trek - Tackle the Pennine Skyline Marathon. 26 Miles
18:00 - Expected end of Walk. Return to Edale

Day 3



Route Map


Not included


What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Special Notes

Walk duration between 10-11 hours.


Included In Trip

Pre event joining instructions

Fully Qualified, Experienced & First-Aid Trained Mountain Leader throughout the event (ratio apx. 1:10).
Assistant leaders as necessary (in case of intermediate number of participants).
All necessary safety equipment (to be carried by leader).


Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from the event.


Lunches & dinners.


Equipment Required

Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. If you do not follow their instructions, and principally stay in visual contact with your leader, the leader cannot be responsible for keeping you safe.



This itinerary can be run as a summer or winter event, but for either, variable weather conditions can be expected. Please pack according to the Kit List.


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



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