The Peak District National Park – a stunning area full of opportunity. There are almost 3’000 kilometres of trails and over 10’000 climbing routes within the Peak District therefore activities aplenty whether you’re a hiker, fell runner, or climber. This August a gruelling challenge is set to take place across this beautiful landscape – the Peak District Challenge.
This walking or running challenge is for teams of 3-5 people (solo or duo competitors can compete if they can demonstrate extensive navigation and fell running/hiking skills) and challengers are invited to obtain sponsorship in order to raise money for the charity SALVE International or one of their own choice.
You can choose from 4 challenges – Copper, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Each challenge involves a certain distance and a timed target, and these range from less intense activity to difficult climbs and distances!
The Copper Challenge: No need to be a super-experienced hiker for this one! An achievable distance of 25km within a target time of 9 hours – easy!
The Bronze Challenge: Not to be underestimated – 50km within 12 hours, and over 500m of ascent.
The Silver Challenge: For the pros – 80km within 24 hours, with 850m of ascent.
The Gold Challenge: Ultra-extreme – 90km, 24 hours, 2800m of ascent. Lots of climbing and a fast pace required. You have to be fit to try this!
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- Copper route follows blue then red lines from Hathersage to Baslow and back
- Bronze route follows green then blue lines to Castleton then Bakewell and back
- Silver route visits all checkpoints marked via blue and yellow lines
- Gold route visits all checkpoints via blue and red lines
All routes begin in Hathersage, Derbyshire and are all circuits with finishing targets set for the evening of Saturday 30th August. Silver and Gold challenges begin at 9pm on Friday 29th August, with the Copper and Bronze competitiors departing on the Saturday morning.
Fancy giving it a go?
All the info you’re going to need is available on†the website: Peak District Challenge.