Guided Trail & Fell Running Adventures

 

We are based in one of the best places on the whole planet to run. As well as the wonderful 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.

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 in the safe hands of our experts, who have many years of trail, fell and mountain running experience. 

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Wayfarer Runs

Adventures in spectacular places

Fantastic days out running on the trails and fells, usually in or around the Peak District National Park.

Enjoy some great running and fantastic views, without the hassle of finding your own route. Plus an opportunity to pick up lots of tips and advice from our experts, who have many years of trail, fell and mountain running experience. 

 

Distances generally the 12 to 16 miles range. 

Fitness, experience and kit required

The emphasis on our guided runs is enjoying a socially paced run in great 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, especially on the longer runs.

For some runs there are specific minimum kit requirements too, which you'll need to wear or carry with you. 

Below is a guide of what kit you need for each type of run and a rough guide to the fitness and experience needed to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. You should check the details for individual runs though, as these may occasionally be specific requirements. 

Trail Therapy

Trail or Fell Experience

None required

Fitness needed

Able to run 5k continuously on flat terrain. 

Minimum Kit

  • Clothing suitable for weather

  • Off-road running shoes recommended

Trail EVENINGS

Trail or Fell Experience

None required

Fitness needed

Able to run distance advertised continuously on flat terrain. 

Minimum Kit

  • Clothing suitable for weather

  • Off-road running shoes recommended (required in wet conditions)

WAYFARER LITE

Trail or Fell Experience

Have run on trails a couple of times before.

Fitness needed

Able to run 10k in around 65 minutes on flat terrain. 

Minimum Kit

  • Off-road running shoes

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

  • Waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams

  • 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

WAYFARER

Trail or Fell Experience

Have run on hilly trails a few times before.

Fitness needed

Able to run half marathon in around 2:10 on flat terrain. 

Minimum Kit

  • Off-road running shoes

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

  • Waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Hat and gloves 

  • Water or energy drink (min 1 litre)

  • 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

 
Current Guided Run Schedule
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Every Thursday & most Tuesdays

bRUNch Club

Tues (Staffs/West Mids) / Thurs (National Forest)

Regular weekday morning off-road runs on scenic trails at a 'chatty' pace.

The runs 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 to join the running group. If you're not quite at that point yet, we've introduced a walk-jog group on the Thursday sessions most weeks from April 2022. This is aimed at those that are newer to running, looking to build confidence or coming back from injury, and will have more walking and talking, with a bit of jogging in between. The walk-jog group will be leaving 30 minutes earlier than the regular bRUNch so that everyone finishes at a similar time ready to socialise afterwards, should you wish to. If you'd like to join the walk-jog group, please arrive for 9:00am.

CURRENT SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

NATIONAL FOREST:
Thurs 7th July at Barton Marina, near the tearooms, Barton-Under-Needwood, DE13 8DZ
Thurs 14th July at Ticknall Village Hall, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall, Derby, DE73 7JW
Thurs 21st July at Donisthorpe Woodlands Centre (The Pavilion), DE12 7PX.
Thurs 28th July at Ticknall Village Hall, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall, Derby, DE73 7JW

(NOTE: the Thursday walk-jog group will set off 30 minutes earlier and so please meet at 9:00am to leave for 9:15am)

WEST MIDS/STAFFS:
Tues 5th July: 09:30 Canal Side Bistro Car Park, Fradley Junction, DE13 7DW, what3words: pinging.rescue.basin
Tues 12th July: There won't be a guided run, have a solo explore!
Tues 19th July: 09:30 - Cannock Chase Springslade Lodge Cafe, Camp Road, Cannock WS12 4PT, what3words: luggage. armrests.users.
Tues 26th July: 09:30 Hartopp Car Park, Sutton Park, B74 2YU, what3words: expect.volunteered.adjust

Must be booked in advance

£4

Discount with 10-run pricing plan.

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7th July 2022, 7pm

South Derbyshire Trail Evening / Brooksie's Bash Training Run

Relaxed group run on the wonderful South Derbyshire trails

This is the fifth event in a series of evening guided training runs in the lead up to Brooksie's Bash Trail Race. You can take part in as many or as few of these training runs as you like.

Distance = 9 miles

The run will be geared to suit all running paces and ideal for anyone new to off-road running. You just need to be capable of running continuously for the advertised distance on easy terrain, although on the night there will be stops to regroup and walking the steeper hills is perfectly acceptable.

It will be led by a qualified coach / run-leader, who will also be able to give advice on training etc.

Meet at Ticknall Village Hall car park (DE73 7JW) at 6:45pm, in good time for a 7pm start.

Distance = 9 miles

£4

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9th July 2022

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 04: Dambusters

Special Wayfarer Run (or RIKE) doubling as a recce for our Peak District Ultras

During the Spring & Summer some Wayfarer Runs double as training/recce runs for our Peak District Ultra races (The Millstone 100, Limestone 50 & Peveril 33).

The series of five recce runs are designed to help participants train for the event and familiarise themselves with the routes.

They are also open to those who have not entered the race but would like to get a taste for them or just enjoy a run in a Peak District. They are all point to point runs (to maximise the amount of the race route covered) with bus transport provided to take participants to the starting point of each run from the finish prior to the run. You will have the option to run with the guided group or independently should you wish to practice your own route finding.

This run (or RIKE; 16 mile option only) takes in our favourite part of the race route. It traverses the high passes and edges of the Dark Peak's eastern reaches before a spectacular finish back over the hills that dominate the end on the Hope Valley.

Distance: 23 miles or 16 miles

RIKE OPTION (16 miles only) - What's a "rike" we hear you say? A runners' hike!
After the success of offering a rike option on our first Wayfarer / PD Ultra Recce, we're again going to have a second group that 'rikes' the same route as the "running" group. The rike option is aimed at those that may feel a bit nervous about the distance / pace of others taking part.

The idea of a 'rike' is to approach it with the mindset that it’s mostly a hike, where you run a bit when the going is easy. Rather than running until you’re forced to walk when the going gets tough. As a result, you can get more ‘time on feet’ and all the physical benefits, as well as recovering quicker and being able to continue training strongly in the days that follow. Plus, it helps gain confidence that you can cover bigger distances, and allows you to enjoy the views more and remember the route!

Race Route: The second half of the Dark Peak portion of the race, which will be covered by those tackling the full 100 miles.

Start Time: The bus will depart from Castleton at 08:30, and Ladybower at 08:45 to enable the run to start at approximately 09:30.

Point to point run or Rike. Entry includes transport to starting point.

£23.70

70p of which is donated to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity.

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30th July 2022

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 05: Flat White

Special Wayfarer Run doubling as a recce for our Peak District Ultras

During the Spring & Summer some Wayfarer Runs double as training/recce runs for our Peak District Ultra races (The Millstone 100, Limestone 50 & Peveril 33).

The series of five recce runs are designed to help participants train for the event and familiarise themselves with the routes.

They are also open to those who have not entered the race but would like to get a taste for them or just enjoy a run in a Peak District. They are all point to point runs (to maximise the amount of the race route covered) with bus transport provided to take participants to the starting point of each run from the finish prior to the run. You will have the option to run with the guided group or independently should you wish to practice your own route finding.

This final run of the series takes in the flattest part of the race route, meandering through the world famous Chatsworth Estate, before undulating through some of the National Park's prettiest villages and spectacular dales.

Distance: 26 miles (with 23 mile option)

Race Route: The majority of the run is on the White Peak portion of the 100 and 50-mile courses only. For the final 3 miles the 33-mile course joins the route.

Start Time: The bus will depart from Miller's Dale at 08:30 to enable the run to start at approximately 09:00.

Point to point run. Entry includes transport to starting point.

£23.70

70p of which is donated to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity.

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12th to 14th August 2022

The Peak Running Weekender 2022

The legendary weekender is back for more fun on the fells!

Come and join us for our legendary weekender; spectacular running in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Back by popular demand after three successful years of "weekenders", we'll be staying on the edge of the famous Chatsworth Estate. You’ll be able to take part in a fell race, enjoy stunning guided trail runs and a host of additional inspiring activities, all within a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Included:
Guided runs taking in some of the best countryside in England
​Entry to Peak Running's Hob Hurst's Fell Race
​A range of inspiring activities throughout the weekend, including workshops and talks, relating to running & lifestyle
​Fully catered accommodation at the wonderful Dukes Barn in the historic village of Beeley

Bookings for 2022 now OPEN