Guided Trail & Fell Running Adventures

 

** IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFO **

All our group running activities are gradually being restarted from 29th March 2021. The schedule of runs is currently being reviewed and updated with details of runs now scheduled to take place. Participant guidance is available HERE

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

Every Thursday plus NEW Tuesday bRUNch

bRUNch Club

Tues (Staffs/West Mids) / Thurs (National Forest) - 09:30am

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.

CURRENT SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

NATIONAL FOREST:
Thurs 20th May: 09:30 at Donisthorpe Woodlands Centre, DE12 7PX
Thurs 27th May: 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW
Thurs 3rd June: 09:30 at Barton Marina, near Marina Tea Rooms, DE13 8DZ
Thurs 10th June: 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW
Thurs 17th June: 09:30 at Donisthorpe Woodlands Centre, DE12 7PX
Thurs 24th June: 09:30 at Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW

WEST MIDS/STAFFS:
Tues 25th May: 09:30 at Hartopp car park, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield B74 2YU

Must be booked in advance while Covid-19 restrictions apply.

£4

Discount with 10-run pricing plan.

23rd May 2021, 11:30am & 2:30pm at Beeley

Derbyshire Wayfarer Run Taster Sessions

Come and have a go at trail and fell running with us

Mini-Wayfarer runs for those wanting a taste of our runs in the Peak District.

Being held in conjunction with our friends at the Dukes Barn charity, as part of an open day and fundraiser for them, these are shorter than normal runs of around 5-miles at a leisurely pace. Ideal for those new to off-road running or wanting to pick up some tips and advice from our experts.

There are two sessions to chose from both of which will last around 90 minutes, and explore the wonderful countryside around Beeley and the Chatsworth estate.

Run 1 at 11:30: Trail Running Taster - exploring footpaths and bridleways along the Derwent valley and local woodland.

Run 2 at 14:30: Fell Running Taster - exploring the open hills and moorland of the eastern Peak District

If you have the fitness you're welcome to join both runs, although - due to limited numbers - will need to book them separately.

You could also combine doing one of the runs with one of our Basic Map Reading and Navigation Sessions, which are happening concurrently with the runs as part of the gala day at Dukes Barn. See the 'Skills for Hills' section of the website for more info.

Cream teas and other activities will also be available at the barn from 12:00 to 16:00.

Note: Must be booked in advance. Current Covid-19 restrictions apply. 

£7.50

All proceeds to the Dukes Barn charity https://www.dukesbarn.org

27th May 2021, 7pm

South Derbyshire Trail Evening / Brooksie's Bash Training Run

Relaxed group run on the wonderful South Derbyshire trails

The first in a series of evening guided training runs in the lead up to Brooksie's Bash Trail Race.

Distance = 5-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.

Number are limited due to covid restrictions and places must be booked in advance.

£4

29th May 2021

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 01: Life on the Edges

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 first run involves some spectacular high level running with far reaching views across the valleys below as well as some wonderful riverside and woodland trails.

Distance: 16 Miles

Race Route: The section covered is part of the portion of the race which is in the White Peak area and is on all 3 race routes (100/50/33-miles).

Start Time: The bus will depart from Baslow at 09:00 to enable the run to start at approximately 10:00.

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

£22.70

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

2nd June 2021, 10am

Wayfarer Lite Run: The Lathkill Loop

7.5 miles near Youlgreave

A very pretty route in the White Peak area, with some great views and spectacular scenery. The early part of the route includes a lovely trail alongside the River Bradford. We'll then traverse some classic dry stone wall enclosed farmland before the pièce de résistance of our journey - the wonderful Lathkill Dale.

Note: Must be booked in advance. Current Covid-19 restrictions apply. 

£9.70

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

10th June 2021, 7pm

South Derbyshire Trail Evening / Brooksie's Bash Training Run

Relaxed group run on the wonderful South Derbyshire trails

The first in a series of evening guided training runs in the lead up to Brooksie's Bash Trail Race.

Distance = 6.5-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.

Number are limited due to covid restrictions and places must be booked in advance.

£4

12th June 2021

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 02: Up Hill & Down Dale

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.

As well as some highs, this second run dips down low to explore some of the wonderful dales that typify the White Peak.

Distance: 17 Miles

Race Route: The first five miles is on the section which is unique to the 33-mile race. It then joins the latter part of the 100 and 50-mile courses.

Start Time: The bus will depart from Castleton at 09:00 to enable the run to start at approximately 10:00.

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

£22.70

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

24th June 2021, 7pm

South Derbyshire Trail Evening / Brooksie's Bash Training Run

Relaxed group run on the wonderful South Derbyshire trails

The first in a series of evening guided training runs in the lead up to Brooksie's Bash Trail Race.

Distance = 8-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.

Number are limited due to covid restrictions and places must be booked in advance.

£4

26th June 2021

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 03: Dark Dark Peak

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 run takes participants up to the highest points on the race route. It will traverse the the wonderfully bleak landscapes of the Dark Peak, with the latter part of the run in the dark. It is a night time adventure, starting at 19:00, to mirror what 100 mile runners will experience in the early part of the race.

Distance: 28 Miles (plus 20-mile option)

Race Route: The first 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 Crowden at 17:45 to enable the run to start at approximately 19:00.

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

£22.70

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

8th July 2021, 7pm

South Derbyshire Trail Evening / Brooksie's Bash Training Run

Relaxed group run on the wonderful South Derbyshire trails

The first in a series of evening guided training runs in the lead up to Brooksie's Bash Trail Race.

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.

Number are limited due to covid restrictions and places must be booked in advance.

£4

10th July 2021

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 04: Dambusters

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 run 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 (plus 16 mile option)

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. Entry includes transport to starting point.

£22.70

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

24th July 2021

Wayfarer Run and Peak District Ultra Recce 05

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.

£22.70

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

13th to 15th August 2021

Peak District Trail Running Weekender

An action packed full weekend of trail and fell running

A weekend of spectacular trail running in the Peak District National Park. Includes a series of guided runs and a host of other activities.​

Details of how to secure your place coming soon.

2021 Bookings open soon

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