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Chase the Train Challenge Walk

This innovative walk starts with a train ride from Grindleford to Edale in the Peak District’s beautiful Hope Valley. From Edale, we climb up the valley, via Jaggers Clough, to Win Hill, one of the Peak District’s finest summits.  Along our route back to Grindleford we pass two railway stations – you can join the full walk or hop back on the train to our start point – do the distance that suits you!  This is a great hike for building fitness and self-assurance, combining high Peak District views and a low, lush valley!

  • Minimum to Maximum Distance: 7.5 – 15 miles/12 – 25km.
  • Minimum to Maximum Ascent:  1640 – 2133 feet /500 – 650m.
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Harder (depending on your route)
  • Great For: New challenge walkers, or walkers wishing to restore confidence.
  • Approx Timings: 0900 – 1700. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish Day:  Grindleford Railway Station.
  • Location Map >

£45.00

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Description

The Route

From Grindleford to Edale Station:  We meet at Grindleford Railway Station in the Hope Valley and take a 15 minute train ride to Edale, at the foot of Kinder Scout and the start of the Pennine Way.  Our route weaves along the valley through farmland and pastures, gradually climbing onto the moorland and crossing the beck at Jaggers Clough.  Here we take a path up the valley side to meet a Roman Road, now a stony track which passes high woodland and Hope Cross, an ancient Christian waymark for passing travellers.  The ascent to the top of Win Hill is gradual, a lovely breezy walk across the moorland.  The Summit is a rocky outcrop that stands proud and provides a fabulous panorama that takes in the gritstone edges, Ladybower Reservoir, Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and the Great Ridge – all the finest summits with their valleys and vales below.  We hold the view on our moorland descent to Bamford Village.

First Checkpoint – Bamford:  For walkers wishing to call it a day after 7.5 miles/13km and 1640 feet/500m of ascent, there’s an opportunity to hop on the train here, with a café and loo nearby if you simply need a break.

From Bamford: We walk across the valley and up onto the moorland around Offerton Hall – the ascent is less than before but the views across the valley towards Win Hill are still rewarding.  Tracks through woodland and valley bring us to the Derwent River on the edge of Hathersage.

Second Checkpoint – Hathersage:  For walkers wishing to call it a day after 11 miles/18km and 1970 feet/600m of ascent, there’s an opportunity to hop on the train here, with a pub and loo nearby if you simply need a break.

From Hathersage to Grindleford Station:  The final four miles are a riverside delight, walking along the famous Heritage Way on the banks for the River Derwent, a small incline takes us up and over our railway, and past Padley Chapel and the remains of an ancient manor house with a fascinating history.  We arrive at Grindleford Station Café for a cuppa – or finish with a giant chip butty, you’ve earned it!

Additional information

The Walk

Never been on a challenge or trek before, lost confidence, or need to get back into it?  If so, this is the walk for you.  This innovative walk starts with a train ride and a gradual climb up Win Hill, one of the Peak District’s finest summits.  Along our route we pass two railway stations – you can join the full walk or hop back on the train to our start point – do the distance that suits you!  It’s a great hike for building fitness and self-assurance, combining high Peak District views and low lush valleys!

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking, train or other transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

Meeting and Parking:  We meet outside Grindleford Station Cafe (which has toilets), Upper Padley, Grindleford, Hope Valley, S32 2JA.  There is parking on Station Road next to the cafe.  This is currently £2.20 per day and you book using the RingGo App (location code 35712). Or phone 0113 8090070 and book en route or before leaving home (reception can be poor at the Station).

Catching the Train: We will hop on an 15 minute train ride to Edale Station to start our walk.  Single train tickets (November 2023) cost £6.90 (£7.90 for a return if you think you might want to hop on a return train at one of the stations along the walk route).  You can pay for these on-line, or by card with the self-service ticket machine at the station.  Final details and timings will be confirmed with you before the walk.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of Grindleford Station here.

Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re staying or arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.

Facilities

There are toilets at Grindleford Station Cafe where we meet  – you can get a cuppa and snack before we start!

Edale, Bamford and Hathersage are villages along our route.  As well as train stations, Edale and Bamford have pubs/hotels, cafe, toilets and accommodation but limited local facilities.  Hathersage (also with a train station) is larger, with a garage, shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, toilets, B & B’s and a Youth Hostel.

The villages of Hope and Castleton are also nearby.

See a map of the local area here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a ‘Moderate’ to ‘Harder’ Walk depending on our far you walk (please see our route description for this walk).

Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
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