Peak District Trail Running Weekender

The 'Back to Beeley Bash' Guided Run Series


17th to 19th August 2018

A full weekend of trail running and other activities  

This weekend has opened up a whole new chapter in my life!

It has massively reinvigorated my enjoyment and given me a new perspective on the 'purpose' of running.

Come and join us for a weekend of spectacular trail running in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park.  Staying on the edge of the famous Chatsworth Estate, you’ll be able to take part in a fell race, stunning guided trail runs and enjoy a host of other activities in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.   

  • A series of three runs taking in some of the best countryside in England

  • A range of other activities throughout the weekend

  • Fully catered accommodation at the wonderful Dukes Barn in the historic village of Beeley

Run only options are also available for those that don't require accommodation. 

Feedback from 2017 participants

 “What an amazing weekend spent in beautiful surroundings and in great company. This weekend has opened up a whole new chapter in my life. Bring on the next one!”  Kevin


“Thank you guys for an AMAZING weekend of running. Way out of my comfort zone and just what I needed. I learnt a lot, laughed a lot and ate a lot! PLEASE let me know when the next one is, it’s going straight on my running calendar!!” Eve

"What a brilliant weekend of off-road running from Beeley that was! Fantastic organisation and fabulous routes, plus great company and support. Thank you Peak Running!” Julie


“Well done for an excellent event. Well organised and friendly – I would come again!” Rollo


“Fantastic weekend! Thanks” Tim


“Thanks for putting on a great weekend, I really enjoyed it. The location was good, Dukes Barn delivered great good, the runs were fab, and I think the team did a very good job at keeping everyone together with such different abilities.” Rachael


“Thanks you for such a great weekend. It has massively reinvigorated my enjoyment and given me a new perspective on the ‘purpose’ of running that I had forgotten. The guided aspect of this event was invaluable.” Janine


“I really enjoyed the weekend. I felt everything was put together and delivered to a high standard with plenty of knowledge shared and a great all round experience.” Jack


“Excellent accommodation, food, staff, runs and entertainment. Friendly, lots of advice, supportive and encouraging. Perfect it was.” Angela


“Really enjoyed the running workshop – especially Andy’s very handy nutritional advice.” Daisy


“I got lots of advice and tips from different members of the team. Fantastic weekend, thank you so much!” Michelle


“Thank you! It has been epic – really left motivated!” Sara 

The Trail Run Series

The runs will kick off on Friday evening with our 5-mile Hob Hurst's Fell Race, where you have the option to take part in the race or run the route with one of our guides. On Saturday and Sunday there will be two guided runs of 13 miles (21km) and 10.5 miles (17km), taking in some of the best countryside in England. Throughout the weekend you will have the option to just choose the runs you want to do, or to take shorter routes.


You will experience a wide range of terrain over the course of the weekend, including open moorland, forest trails, country estates and impressive vistas of the Peak District. 


All three runs will start and finish at our base in the village of Beeley. They will be lead by our team of experienced trail and fell runners, so you do not require navigational skills, and you don't need to be a fast runner to keep up. We will split into smaller groups as necessary, with each group going at a pace that everyone can comfortably cope with.

Run #1: Hob Hurst's Fell Race

Distance: 5 miles / 8 km. Elevation gain: 840ft / 256m.

Start the weekend with a bang by taking part in our brand new but traditional village fell race.

You will wind your way up through Hell Bank Plantation onto high moorland above Beeley. After reaching the historic Hob Hurst's House you will begin the spectacular ascent back to base, with great view of the Derwent Valley below. 

The route will be marked so navigation skills are not required. And, for those not wanting to race, there is an option to run the route at a leisurely pace with one of our guides.

Run #2: Monumental Tour of the Eastern Peak

Distance: 13 miles / 21 km. Elevation gain: 1650ft / 500m.

A challenging but rewarding route which provides some dramatic views of the Peak District’s high points, visits some intriguing historic monuments and finishes with some easy running through the heart of the spectacular Chatsworth Estate. 

You'll get a full range of trail running experiences along this route, including some challenging ascents, rocky edges, boggy moorland and grassy meadows. 

Run #3: Neolithic Highs

Distance: 10.5 miles /17 km. Elevation gain: 1400ft / 425m (alternative 5 mile / 8 km route available)

The weekend's exertions are brought to a close with a delightful tour of the areas to the south of our base. After following the side of the valley to the next village, we'll ascend to a fascinating area of high moorland, which is home to some ancient features steeped in legend. We'll then wind our way back into the valley and follow the course of the River Derwent back to our base. 

This run is designed as a figure 8 shape, to provide an option for an easier 5 mile / 8km run.

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Other Activities

As well as building in some time to relax, socialise and explore the local area, we are planning a number of related activities that will be fun, educational and inspiring.


These include:

  • Exercises and discussions led by UK Athletics licensed coaches, which are an opportunity to learn about various topics such as energy systems, training strategies, nutrition, flexibility, navigation and kit choice

  • Inspirational talks about running adventures

  • Film shows

  • Use of large games room and outdoor activity area

Plus, coaching staff and experienced trail/fell runners will be on-site throughout the weekend to provide advice and guidance on training and other aspects of trail running. 


Our base for our weekend is Dukes Barn, situated in the historic village of Beeley on the edge of the Chatsworth estate.

Dukes is an exceptionally well equipped outdoor centre. In addition to comfortable sleeping accommodation (small dormitories), there is a large games room, cinema and outdoor activity areas. The location on the edge of the village means there are great views of the surrounding hills.


Accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights is included in our all inclusive option, as is catering throughout the weekend:.

  • All meals which are prepared freshly on site from high quality locally sourced produce. (Dietary requirements can be catered for.)

  • Unlimited water, soft drinks, tea and coffee.


We also have run only options for anyone based locally or preferring to arrange their own accommodation.


Provisional Programme - Full details & timings to be confirmed

Note:There is always the possibility that we may have to make changes to the programme or timings at short notice, due to extreme weather, or other factors outside of our control.



Fully inclusive weekend package


  • One Fell Race (optional)

  • Three guided runs

  • Post run refreshments

  • Accommodation for 2 nights

  • Meals: 2xBreakfast, 2xBuffet Lunch, 2xDinner

  • Unlimited water, tea, coffee and soft-drinks

  • Additional activities (in bold in above programme)

  • Use of Dukes Barn facilities throughout the weekend (16:00 Friday to 16:00 Sunday)

  • Access to licensed coaching staff for advice and guidance throughout the weekend


Fully inclusive weekend package, non-runners


  • Accommodation for 2 nights

  • Meals: 2xBreakfast, 2xBuffet Lunch, 2xDinner

  • Unlimited water, tea, coffee and soft-drinks

  • Additional activities (in bold in above programme)

  • Use of Dukes Barn facilities throughout the weekend (16:00 Friday to 16:00 Sunday)

  • Guidance on walks/other activities in the area


Back to Beeley Bash Run #1 Only: Hob Hurst's Fell Race


  • Run #1 on Friday 17th August

  • Post run refreshments 


Back to Beeley Bash Run #2 Only: Monumental Tour of the Eastern Peak


  • Run #2 on Saturday 18th August

  • Post run refreshments 


Back to Beeley Bash Run #3 Only: Neolithic Highs


  • Run #3 on Sunday 19th August

  • Post run refreshments 


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To secure your place(s) on this great weekend, select the package you require below and provide us with your details. We will then contact you to confirm your place and arrange payment.


If you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspects of the weekend with us before booking, please do not hesitate to contact us, either via email, telephone or using the contact form here.

Note: By clicking 'Book' you are indicating that you agree to our terms and conditions.

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NOTE: Entries to Run #1, Hob Hurst's Fell Race, can be obtained through the process defined here



Our venue, Dukes Barn, is located on the eastern side of the Peak District, approximately 25 miles north of Derby and 15 miles south west of Sheffield.

For those travelling by road it is approximately 30 minutes from the M1 to the east or 60 minutes from M6 to the west.

The address is School Lane, Beeley, Matlock.

Post code for sat nav: DE4 2NU

The nearest railway stations at Matlock (7 miles) and Chesterfield (10 miles) and local bus services serve Beeley village hourly.


We are happy to provide more detailed advice for your travel arrangements and help arrange taxis from local railway stations.


For adventurous souls planning to come by bicycle, there is space at the venue to secure their machines.


Local Area

The area surrounding our venue is world famous for its spectacular landscapes, which are a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and its historic towns, villages and stately homes.  There is also abundant wild life in the area.  A Dusky Thrush was a recent visitor, but you may have more luck spotting the deer in the park!


Dukes Barn itself is part of the Chatsworth Estate, and within walking distance of the grounds of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house and gardens are open to the public and are one of the UK’s premier tourist attractions.


The historic market town of Bakewell, famous for the Bakewell Pudding (, is just 4 miles away in the next valley. And a little further down the road is the county town of Matlock its neighbour Matlock Bath, a 19th century spa town nestling below the Heights of Abraham.


A little closer, just 200 metres down the village, is the Devonshire Arms. Originally an 18th Century Coaching Inn, this is now a popular pub serving locally brewed real ale and quality food. The Old Smithy tea rooms are also in the village, which along with the Devonshire Arms, is a good option for a meal for those arriving early on the Friday or staying in the area longer. 

Devonshire Arms

The Old Smithy

Chatsworth House & Gardens

The Original Bakewell Pudding Shope

Matlock Bath

Heights of Abraham


Frequently asked questions

Who is the weekend suitable for?

Any adult who enjoys running and/or fantastic scenery and has a sense of adventure. We plan to organise groups to suit a variety of paces, so regardless of the pace you run we’re sure you’d enjoy it. And, as there’s so much to do and see close by, non-running partners would also have an exciting weekend. 

How fit do I need to be to complete the run series?

You need a reasonably good level of fitness and be capable of completing at least a half marathon distance, if you are to complete the whole run series. Running pace is not important. There are options to cut the runs on Saturday and Sunday down for anyone that wants to do a shorter distance.

Do I need off-road running experience?

Previous experience not necessary. But you do need to know what to expect. There will be hills, there will be some tricky underfoot conditions and most likely some mud. 

Will I have to navigate?

No, not unless you want to set a pace that is faster than any of the guides with our groups or want to practice your own navigation skills. Our plan is to guide you round the route in groups.

What are the underfoot conditions like?

If you can think of it, you’ll probably experience it. There’s really a bit of everything from short sections of wide smooth tarmac to narrow rocky paths. 

Do I have to take part in the runs?

No. You can take part in as few or as many of the three runs as you like. Also, if you want to do a shorter run on the Saturday or Sunday we can advise on options. Plus, there are good options for walking, cycling or sightseeing in the local area for anyone that want to do their own thing.

Can I just do the runs rather than sign up for the whole weekend?

Yes, we will allow people to just sign up for the run series or individual runs.