Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully any questions you have about Peakguide will be answered here. However, please don't hesitate to get in touch if there is something we haven't covered. For information on accommodation, local facilities and Covid restrictions, please click on the relevant links in 'Info'.
How much does it cost?
Map-reading for Beginners: £40 per person - minimum 2 people*
Navigation and Compass Skills: £60 per person - minimum 2 people*
Dark Peak Explorer: £60 per person - minimum 2 people*
White Peak Explorer: £40 per person - minimum 2 people*
*I'm not in a group. Can I book a walk for one person?
Yes, of course. This also allows you the freedom to concentrate on the aspects you are interested in. Please see our Book Online page for individual rates.
Are the walks suitable for families?
Due to insurance requirements, all participants must be 18 years old or over.
Where do the walks start from?
Map-Reading for Beginners starts outside the pay and display car park opposite the public swimming pool in Hathersage
Grid ref: SK231 813.
What Three Words: emotional.ears.jetting
Nearest postcode: S32 1BN
Navigation and Compass skills starts at the dam wall at the southern end of Ladybower Reservoir opposite Heatherdene car park
Grid reference: SK201 854.
What Three Words: shuttling.winded.jobs.
Nearest postcode: S33 0BY
Dark Peak Explorer starts outside the station cafe in Grindleford.
Grid reference: SK251 787
What Three Words: achieving.hint.fact
Nearest postcode:S32 2JA
White Peak Explorer starts at Castleton Visitor Centre.
Grid reference: SK149 829
What Three Words: amplifier.reform.arise
Nearest postcode: S33 8WN
What clothing will I need?
You will need sturdy, waterproof footwear – preferably walking boots or at the very least trail shoes. You will also need a waterproof coat and possibly waterproof trousers. Jeans are not recommended as they tend to be too hot in warm weather and take too long to dry when wet. For colder weather walks, several layers are advisable so that you can put more on if needed as are hats and gloves. For warmer months, a hat is recommended as there is little shade on some of the walks. The walk leader doesn’t bring ‘spare’ clothing so please come well-equipped. It is strongly recommended that you wear long trousers for the Dark Peak Explorer walk as the area is home to red deer which can carry ticks. Click here for information on ticks and Lyme Disease.
Please note that the Navigation and Compass Skills walk and the Dark Peak Explorer walk are across remote moorland and there is no shelter. You will need to bring clothes for all eventualities and walking boots are recommended due to the terrain.
Will I be fit enough?
It’s a difficult question to answer. The walk descriptions are rough guides only as to the level of fitness – each person’s definition of ‘fit’ is subjective. However, these walks aren’t for SAS candidates! The timings of the walks allow for several stops on the way to discuss either the navigation or local information aspects.
Will the walks go ahead in bad weather?
Generally, yes. I’m afraid you cannot cancel your walk if it is raining. However, on extremely rare occasions the weather conditions may make the walk unsafe. Under these circumstances and at the discretion of the walk leader, you will have the option to postpone your walk for a later date or obtain a full refund. It is always best to be prepared - check out the local weather forecast here:
Are the walks dangerous?
None of the walks are technically difficult and you don’t need any specific skills to undertake them. However, you may need to cross streams and traverse boggy and uneven ground . If you wish to see a risk assessment, please contact Peakguide.
What equipment will I need?
For both the Map-reading and Navigation walks you will be provided with your own waterproof map (and a compass for walk 2) for the day but if you prefer you can bring your own. For the Dark and White Peak Explorer walks we provide you with ID cards for flora and fauna for the day but feel free to bring any (light) ID books with you. We recommend that you bring binoculars if you have them for the Explorer walks and a phone/camera.
If you wear reading glasses please bring them! The detail on maps can be quite small
What about food and drink?
You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink with you. For colder months a flask with a hot drink is recommended. For summer months, plenty of water is recommended especially on the moorland walks. I’m afraid your walk leader doesn’t bring ‘spare’ food/or water with them. There are cafes and pubs in Hathersage, Bamford, Castleton and Grindleford (nb currently the station cafe at Grindleford only accepts cash, not cards.) Please take all your litter home with you to protect the countryside.
Are there any toilets on the walks?
On the Map-reading for Beginners walk there are public toilets in Hathersage at the beginning of the walk. There are also public toilets near Stanage Edge but these are not always open.
On the Navigation walk there are toilets at Heatherdene car park near Ladybower Dam.
There are no public toilets on the Dark Peak Explorer walk although the cafe has them.
On the White Peak Explorer walk there are toilets next to Castleton Visitor Centre.
Can I bring my dog?
I’m afraid not. Sorry! This is partly due to the possibility of meeting livestock and land-use restrictions. You’ll also need both hands free when using a map and compass.