The Edale Skyline Challenge is the classic Peak District hillwalking adventure and takes place in the ‘Dark Peak’ part of the Peak District National Park. Starting & finishing in the village of Hope in the Hope Valley, we tackle several summits on a continuous circular walk surrounding the beautiful Vale of Edale, including Win Hill (462m), Lose Hill (476m), Mam Tor Height (517m), Kinder Scout Low (633m) and Grindslow Knoll Height (601m).

Edale Skyline Challenge

This is a challenging 31.6 km (19.9 mile) route with over 1,000m of height gain overall, and a target time of 10 hours. It requires a good level of fitness and lots of determination. The stunning views and varied terrain all add to the enjoyment.

This is also a great training walk for the National Three Peaks Challenge, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge or one of our international expeditions. You can view the route in OS Maps and you can also watch an illustrated 3-D route video below.

Once you've booked, you’ll be sent joining instructions, a training plan and kit list. We can also provide advice on local accommodation and other activities.

Overview 

Distance:     32 km 

Height Gain: 1,027 metres 

Target time: 10 hours

Grade:         HARD 

Group Size:  Minimum 4

Price

Self-funding:   £70 per head

Sponsorship:   £100 per head plus £30 deposit/registration fee

Please contact us for pricing for private guiding.

3D Route Video

Open Event Dates

TBC - Individuals are able to book a place on our 'open' guided challenge walks to join a small group of others.

Where & when does it start?

Our meeting time is 07.30am. The walk starts and finishes at the public car park in the village of Hope in the Peak District.

Postcode:        S33 6RD

What3words:  ///surprised.laser.rehearsal

OS Grid Ref:    SK 17120 83490

Please note the car park has 23 spaces and the charges are as follows (cash only, no card payments):

  • Over 4 hours (maximum 10 hours): £6.00
  • 24 hours: £7.00

The car park ticket machines currently only accept 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins and do not give change. They do not accept notes.

Route Map & Altitude Profile

View Route in OS Maps

Note: In the map below, it's best to view the route by selecting 'OSM Outdoor' from the dropdown on the top right hand corner of the map, which defaults to 'RWGPS'.

Is it suitable for me?

The Edale Skyline Challenge requires a good level of fitness and you must be able to walk for up to 10-hours over hilly ground. The route is not technical, but it is a tough walking challenge in terms of distance and time.

Weather & terrain

The terrain of the Edale Skyline challenge walk includes well-worn paths, boggy areas (particularly after rain), steep ascents and descents.  Poor weather makes the walk harder and it’s essential that participants have good footwear and adequate outdoor clothing to protect you from the elements. The weather on the Edale Skyline route can be unpredictable so be prepared for all conditions! You can check some local weather forecasts below. Peak District Mountain Forecast

Water on your walk

We recommend a Water-to-Go filter water bottle for this event - it saves you carrying extra weight on this long hill day and you can fill up safely and drink water from the streams on the route.

What’s included?

  • Mountain Leaders on a 1:10 ratio
  • Access to Vamoos travel app with full event details offline
  • Live GPS tracking & shareable links for family/friends
  • BMC Safety on Mountains book (RRP £6.99)
  • 20% discount for Montane
  • 15% discount for Cotswold Outdoor
  • 15% discount for Open Air
  • 20% discount on Water-to-Go bottles
  • 25% discount on Uphill Athlete training plans

What’s Excluded? 

  • Accommodation (but we can provide advice on options)
  • Transport to/from your accommodation to our event meet point
  • Personal Food & Drink
  • Parking Charges

Safety

Your safety is our top priority. Our activities are fully risk assessed and we hold Public Liability Insurance via Lockton LLP. Our leaders carry a mountain first aid kit, an emergency shelter, a fully charged mobile phone & spare battery, spare warm clothing & emergency food and we have two-way radio contact with all of our guides at all times during an event. We also hold a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator Licence.

How to book

Choose your preferred event date below and you'll be taken to the event booking page where you can book & pay.

Payment options

We offer the opportunity to pay online or by bank transfer (we'll email you an invoice), or you have the option to raise funds for our social mission.

We require a £30 non-refundable deposit per person, which can be paid online (1.5% processing fee added) or by bank transfer. Once you've booked and/or paid your deposit you'll receive an email requiring you to complete our online UK Trip Booking & Medical Declaration, which must be completed before we can confirm your booking.

If you have a balance to pay, you can pay by bank transfer. Once you've booked & submitted your  UK Trip Booking & Medical Declaration Form, we'll email you an invoice and this will include our bank details. Each participant also needs to read and agree to our UK Trips Booking Terms & Conditions and our Participation Agreement (you’ll be asked to confirm this during the booking process online when selecting your ticket type).

With the fundraising option, you pay a non-refundable registration fee of £30 when booking and pledge to raise a minimum amount of £100 sponsorship for our own social impact work with disadvantaged young people. You can set up a fundraising page directly on our website. You'll be asked during the booking process which payment option you prefer.

Fundraise for us

Rather than paying your balance, you can alternatively choose to raise funds to support our social mission - with this option, you pay your non-refundable registration fee of £30 when booking and pledge to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship (£100) for our own social projects with disadvantaged young people. We can host fundraising pages directly on our website and you can read some short case studies about our social impact. Read more about fundraising for Inspire Alpine®.

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What happens if the trip cannot run due to Covid-19?

Your safety is our top priority. Please rest assured that if your event cannot go ahead due to Government-imposed Covid-19 restrictions, we'll offer you a number of options including the chance to:

  • postpone your trip to a later departure of the same event (this year or next)
  • join any other UK event in our portfolio (this year or next)
  • receive a refund of monies paid for the challenge

What if there is no official advice against travel, but I want to cancel?

We respect that you may feel more comfortable staying at home, and not travelling regardless of the official advice. If you choose to cancel, we’ll action your request but where there is no Government advice against travel to at the time of cancellation, our standard cancellation terms will apply.

Open event dates