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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  420m

Dist:  48 km

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Trans Pennine Adventure Challenge

Multi Activity Adventure

A full and energetic weekend of trekking, followed by an adrenaline pumping abseil in the heart of The English Peak District - tackling sections of England's famous High Peak Trail, The Limestone Way and The Midshires Way! We shall trek from Buxton to Matlock - and leave ourelves time for an exciting vertical abseil too!

This promises to be one full on weekend - which willl begin with the stunning limestone peaks of Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill - and will then see us joining the High Peak Trail - which is an easily navigable trail that willl take us well on our way to Matlock. Our expected distance for today is just shy of 20 miles - a good haul indeed!

On Sunday we shall continue from the villlage of Brassington - and complete a further 6 miles of walking before we reach the stunning location of Black Rock - the location of our Abseil for (almost) the Grand Finale of this challenge. We shall have a couple of chances to savour the abseil, before a memorable 5 mile walk high above Matlock via the Heights of Abraham and Shining Cliff - you'll struggle to find a better, more exciting weekend!



Arrive at Buxton Latest 20:30 - preferably by train
Transfer to accommodation Evening briefing and dinner - discuss equipment & timings
Breakfast 07:00 - Then Prepare lunches & pack gear
Depart accommodation on foot 08:30
Variable distance of walk – between 16 and 19 miles – group may break into two. Walk encompassing Chrome Hill, Parkhouse Hill, and the High Peak Trail. End of walk at Miners Arms Brassington, short wait for transfer back to overnight accommodation.
Breakfast 07:00 - Then Prepare lunches & pack gear
Depart bunkhouse by vehicle - 08:30 Walk of 5 miles (2 hrs) to reach Black Rock for Abseil. Abseil session - from 10:30 to 14:30
Final walk above Matlock, via Heights of Abraham, and Shining Cliff, above River Derwent. Finish walking by 16:00 - at train station. Return travel home - trains from 16:30 onwards


Route Map


Simple clean bunkhouse accommodation is booked for you. If you would like to upgrade to B&B standard then please ask. You will need to bring towel (if you would like to wash!) and a warm sleeping bag. Please advise if you are a vegetarian.


What is a Level 3.0 Multi Activity Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect around 8 hours of full on multi activity. In the case of a multi day challenge, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be used to challenging physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy your training, and to do it regularly. Longer duration challenges are likely to be easier in terms of the physical effort, however, you will need to be more resilient due to simple living conditions, i.e. using same clothes for several days, simple food, and maybe camping. This forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Multi Activity Challenge’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing longer days in the outdoors - 7-8 hours. You should be doing regular exercise - with some intense outdoors exercise. You should be used to long rides, long walks, and all round challenging days. You need to have balanced the need for multiple forms of exercise in your training - including some upper body work, and some flexilbility.


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.


Included In Trip

Accommodation, 2 x Breakfast, Guiding for the weekend, specialist abseil equipment. Some transfers included.


Excluded From Trip

All other meals, transport to and from the event.


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. Your leaders for the weekend will be qualified under the Mountain Leader Training Board of England - either in Mountain Leadership, or Rock Climbing and Abseiling Supervision, or both.



The Peak District's northern position means it is generally much cooler (and sometimes wetter!) than the south of England. Rapid and extreme changes in weather are quite normal in the hills. Be prepared—the weather could give you exposure or heat Stroke—both are possibilities! At this time of year the weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily. We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both jacket and trousers.



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



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

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