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Edale Skyline Challenge Walk

Perhaps the most celebrated challenge walk in the Dark Peak, this route takes in the best of the Peak District summits climbing to 2077 feet / 600 metres.

  • Distance: 20 miles/32km.
  • Ascent: 3514ft/1071m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Tough!
  • Great For: Hill/challenge walkers who are fit to walk all day with steep ascents and short breaks.
  • Approx Timings: 0745 – 1800. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Hope Village Car Park, Hope Valley, S33 6SB.
  • Location Map >


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The Skyline is a classic walk and race for fell runners. Our route starts from the village of Hope and includes Win Hill, Kinder Scout, Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill, before descending to Hope to celebrate our achievement!  It will take approximately 9 – 10 hours for us to walk the route.  Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with just small breaks.

Want to walk a shorter challenge route?

  • Join our ‘Mini’ Edale Skyline here >

What’s 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 or 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

We meet at Hope Village Car Park, Hope Valley, S33 6SB.

Please note:

  • The car park is a pay and display and (currently) costs £7 – the ticket machine may only take coins.
  • The car park toilets open at 0800.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the car park here.

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


There are toilets in the car park where we meet.  Hope is a small village with cafes, hotel, pub and limited shops. Hope Railway Station is half a mile from the village centre.

Castleton is five minutes drive with cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, shops and accommodation.  There are also the famous Blue John mines and caverns and a castle.

Hathersage is eight minutes drive and has cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, shops, a fuel station, train station and accommodation.

See map here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Tough Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >


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


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…

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.