We have a number of tried and tested route options that you can choose from, with varying degrees of difficulty. Alternatively, we can put together something bespoke to suit you.

Although most of our runs are in or around Derbyshire, we have experience of putting runs together in many other parts of the UK. We are therefore happy to organise a guided run elsewhere for you for minimum additional cost.

The emphasis on these runs is enjoying the surroundings, so there will be opportunities to stop to enjoy the views, take photographs etc. The pace will not be fast and will be adjusted to suit the members of the group.

We are blessed to be based in Derbyshire, one of the best places on the whole planet to get out for a run. As well as the world famous Peak District National Park, we have a wealth of beautiful and historic places to enjoy. As well as a huge variety of spectacular landscapes, we have many historic towns, villages, country estates and stately homes all within running distance.

If you like running and the great outdoors, our guided runs are an ideal way to get out there and enjoy this wonderful area in the company of like minded people. We take away all the hassle of route planning and navigation, so you can just turn up with your kit and enjoy the run.

As well as scheduled runs that you can join, we can put 'on-demand' runs on specifically for individuals or groups. We also do workshops for those new to off-road running or wanting to improve their knowledge and skills. 

Guided Trail & Fell Running Adventures

 

** IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFO **

Guided runs are now able to take place with limited numbers and special measures in place. Details of these are available HERE.

Scheduled Runs

 

Derbyshire Wayfarer Runs (& Peak District Ultra Recces)

 

The 'Wayfarer' Runs are fantastic days out running on the trails and fells, usually somewhere spectacular in or around the Peak District National Park, led by members of our experienced team of coaches and leaders.

As well as enjoying some great running and fantastic views, without the hassle of finding your own route, they're also great opportunity to pick up lots of tips and advice from our experts, who have many years of trail, fell and mountain running experience. 

 

Distances and levels of difficulty varying to give options for everyone.

  • Wayfarer Lite runs are typically around 2 hours in duration and cover between 6 and 8 miles. So are ideal for those new to trail and fell running.

  • Standard Wayfarers Runs are usually 12 to 15-miles, with occasional longer runs which double as training/recce runs for our Peak District Ultra races (The Millstone 100, Limestone 50 & Peveril 33). There is usually an opportunity for one or two refreshments stops along the way on these runs, often at local public pubs or cafes. 

  • Occasionally we organise an Extreme Wayfarer Run, which are either long in distance or involve and/or involve terrain that requires a higher level of fitness and mountain running experience. 

How fit do you need to be?

The emphasis is on enjoying a socially paced run in spectacular surroundings, with stops along the way to enjoy the views and take photos. We ensure that nobody ever gets left behind. However, in fairness to other group members you do need to be able to run the distance advertised and not be phased by a few hills. A fast pace is not important though, and it's perfectly acceptable - and probably encouraged - to walk the tougher hills on the day.

 

As a rough guide you should be capable of running 10k in around 65 for Wayfarer Lite runs, and for longer runs you should be capable of covering a half marathon on flatter terrain in around 2hrs 10min, or a marathon within 4hrs 30min.  

What kit do you need?

You will need to bring the following kit with you, as a minimum, and carry it with you during the run.

  • Off-road running shoes

  • Running clothes suitable for the weather conditions, plus additional warm layer for emergencies

  • Waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams, and waterproof trousers*

  • Hat and gloves *

  • Water or energy drink (min 500ml)

  • Snacks and emergency food

  • Money (including some emergency backup funds, e.g. for taxi to finish).

  • Small back pack or bum-bag to carry items not being worn

* Requirements for some of these items may be relaxed on the day depending on the weather conditions.

70 pence of entry fees for Wayfarer Runs in the Peak District will be donated to the Peak District National Park Foundation to support the #70kfor70years campaign.

Oct 02, 2020

Lake District far and a Wayfarer Weekend

A weekend of spectacular running in and around the Wasdale valley

This October we're heading far away from our usual stomping ground of the Peak District to team up with adventurer 'Barefoot' Aleks Kashefi to explore his backyard - the Wasdale valley in the wonderful Lake District.

 

Based in Nether Wasdale, this is a great opportunity to spend a weekend running in one of the most breathtaking parts of the Lakes.

 

Includes two Wayfarer type runs on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. 

Due to the remote location, staying for the weekend is encouraged (Friday to Monday). Camping, which you will need to book yourself, is available at site in the village where we will be based. 

Limited places. Enquire for more information. 

£30

Oct 31, 2020

Derbyshire Wayfarer Run: Dark Mountains, Silvery Moon

Night time run. 14-miles from Ladybower. 7:30pm start.

On the night of the full moon, which just happens to be Halloween, this run heads out to explore the mountains of the high peak. An exciting opportunity to see the hills in another light.

A good quality head-torch is required for this run, and some previous experience of off-road running in the dark.

Limited places. Must be booked in advance. 

£14.70

Nov 14, 2020

Derbyshire Wayfarer Run: The Actual Wilderness

16-miles from Crowden

This run ventures into the wilderness of the north western extremes of the Peak District, a land of bleak moorlands and hidden reservoirs but - as always - fantastic views. A challenging route with 3000+ feet of elevation gain and, almost certainly, some muddy bogs to negotiate.

Limited places. Must be booked in advance. 

£14.70

Nov 29, 2020

Wayfarer Run: Churches, Cheeses, Cats and Smiles (Standard & Lite options)

12-mile (and 6-mile option) from Gradbach, nr Leek

​We're crossing borders on the run to explore some real gems in the part of the Peak District that straddles Staffordshire and Cheshire. The full run is shorter than some but what it lacks in length it makes up for in height, with almost 3000ft to climb. The shorter lite option is half the distance and just over a third of the elevation.

Limited places. Must be booked in advance. 

£14.70 Standard. £9.70 Lite

Dec 12, 2020

Derbyshire Wayfarer Run: Getting Stoned

15 miles from Carsington

This run explores an interesting area at the south end of the Peak District. Great views, historic industry and lost villages are all part of the package. As well as the usual dose of hills and, given the time of year, no doubt some mud!

Limited places. Must be booked in advance. 

£14.70

Dec 27, 2020

Derbyshire Wayfarer Run - Festive Special

Details TBC

​Details of this run are currently being finalised. 

Limited places. Must be booked in advance. 

£14.70

Jan 02, 2021

Derbyshire Wayfarer Run: New Year New Trails

Details TBC

​Details of this run are currently being finalised. 

Limited places. Must be booked in advance. 

£14.70

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South Derbyshire / National Forest Evening Trail Runs

Weekday runs on the wonderful trails of at the southern end of Derbyshire and in the National Forest. Runners at all paces are catered for and we're particularly keen to welcome anyone new to off-road running. You just need to be capable of running the advertised distance continuously on flatter terrain (walking the tougher hills on the trails is perfectly acceptable).

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Trail Therapy Runs

Our 'Trail Therapy' runs are a great way to improve your fitness, de-stress and have fun in wonderful surroundings. There are daytime and evening options, with sessions lasting around an hour; so covering between 6 & 8km at a relaxed pace. 

There may be a few hills but don't let that put you off as there is no pressure on these non-competitive runs. Power hiking the steeper hills is perfectively acceptable. 

 

Sessions are ideal for beginners who have built up to 5k continuous running and want to take the next steps on their running journey, while also being suitable for more experienced runners wanting some relaxed miles out on the trails in a friendly group environment.  

 

Being led by our UK Athletics licensed coaches/run leaders, Trail Therapy runs provide an opportunity to pick their brains on all aspects of training. They're great for your mental health and there's often an opportunity to relax and socialise over a coffee or cold drink after the run.

bRUNch Club Trail Therapy

Every Thursday at 9:30am

A regular Thursday morning off-road run on the scenic trails in the National Forest area. The run takes around an hour going at a pace that is comfortable for everyone in the group. Distances range from 6.5k to 8k. There are likely to be some moderate hills on most runs and you may encounter some muddy sections. 

We cater for all paces but we recommend that you are capable of running 5km (3 miles) continuously on flat terrain.

Locations rotate each week, with each one having free parking and a nearby place to enjoy coffee afterwards.

 

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions numbers are limited so must be booked and paid for in advance via the website. 

Also, there are some important rules to follow, which can be found HERE 

The current schedule is as follows:​​​

Thur 3rd Sept : 07:00 and 08:15 at Ticknall Village Hall

Thur 10th Sept: 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall (Back to normal time)

Thur 17th Sept: 09:30 at the Woodlands Centre, Donisthorpe DE12 7PX 

Thur 24th Sept : 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW

Thur 1st Oct: 09:30 next to Marina Tea Rooms, Barton Marina DE13 8DZ

Thur 8th Oct: 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW

Thur 15th Oct: 09:30 at the Woodlands Centre, Donisthorpe DE12 7PX 

Thur 22nd Oct: 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW

£4 (or £3.50 with a regulars' pricing plan)

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Derby Runner Trail Runs

The Derby Runner and Peak Running are excited to be hosting a regular series of trail runs based from the Derby Runner’s shop in Spondon.

 

These will provide a great opportunity to discover some wonderful routes in local countryside with a friendly and supportive group.

 

You will be guided by the very experienced team of coaches and run leaders from Peak Running, who will be able to provide tips and advice on all things off-road; including hill technique, structuring training, route planning, navigation and much more.

 

Plus, the shop will be open exclusively for the group before and after the run, so you’ll have the chance to browse the wide range of kit, get advice on what is right for you and be eligible for some exclusive discounts.

 

These runs will be open to runners of all abilities, but we particularly welcome those that are new to off-road running. All we ask that you’re capable of running the advertised distance; your pace isn’t important. If under 16, parent/guardian should contact us in advance to discuss suitability.

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Workshops

 

Trail & Fell Running Workshops

Fell Running Skills - coaching session & guided fell run

Next sessions 29th August & 24th October 2020

Want to try fell running but not sure where to start? Scared you’ll end up lost, last, or flat on your face?

 

Led by our coaching team, who have many years of fell running experience themselves, this practical session is for those new to fell running. It includes a guided run on a classic village fell race route in the Peak District and lots of information, advice and coaching input.

During the session, which lasts around 3 hours, we cover:

• Top tips on the up-hills and downhills

• Chance to practice your footwork skills over lots of fell running terrain

• Demos and explanation of Fell Running Association (FRA) minimum kit and fell shoes

• Explanations of race categories and which are right for your ability level

• Basic navigation skills

• The chance to have a go at a classic village fell race route of approximately 5-miles (8km) in a non-competitive environment with knowledgeable leaders and a friendly group!

£19.70

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On-Demand Guided Runs

We organise 'on-demand' runs to suit individuals or groups at times to suit you (subject to guide runner availability).

Below are details of some of the options we offer. Plus we can put on totally bespoke runs if you want something different.

Squeeze it into your day

60-90 mins (inclusive of breaks for photos etc.) covering between 4 & 7 miles, depending on the terrain.

If you are short of time, or do not have the fitness for one of the longer runs, this is the option for you. Perhaps you want to squeeze a run in before breakfast to leave the rest of the day free to spend with your family or at work, or run in the early evening to unwind after a busy day.

£40 + £5 for each additional runner         

We may be able to reduce the cost per runner if we can hook you up with another group, as the base charge of £40 is shared amongst more people.  Maximum group size is 15. 

Sample routes:

Calke Abbey circuit: Grade 1

Dash around Dovedale: Grade 2

Chatsworth Deerstakler: Grade 2

High Hopes: Grade 3

Half Day Adventure

3 - 4 hours (inclusive of breaks) and covering between 10 & 15 miles, depending on the terrain