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Ashgate Hospice > Events and challenges > High Peak Trail Walk 2024

Cromford Meadows, Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 3RQ

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Date Sunday 17th March 2024
Contact Events Team 01246 567250
Cost Prices vary dependent on the distance you choose

The Ashgate Hospice High Peak Trail Walk returns for a third year

We will be offering three different route options – 17 miles, 11 miles or 3.5 miles. Just choose the challenge right for you.

Located in the scenic Derbyshire countryside, this trail follows the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway. This off-road linear walk is completely traffic-free!

There will be free parking at Cromford Meadows, and free transport will be provided to take you to the start point of your chosen walk and all walks finish at the car park.


A big thank you to our sponsor MVIS

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Enjoy the Peak District and help fund compassionate end of life care

We are asking participants to aim to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £80. Your entry fee covers the cost of running this event safely but it’s your sponsorship money that really makes the difference.

By fundraising for us, you’ll be helping to make sure that when our loved ones in North Derbyshire face a life-limiting illness, they’ll be able to access the specialist care and support they need. Don’t worry, we’ve got a lot of inspiration to help hit your target here.

Find fundraising tools here
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Included in your sign-up fee:

Parking on the day

Transport to the start-point of the walk

Refreshments on the day

Ashgate Hospice T-shirt (if requested)

Medal upon finishing the event

First aid support

Fully marshalled and signposted route

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Will you take on the 17 mile, 11 mile or 3.5 mile route?

All sponsorship money is to be sent to Ashgate Hospice by Monday 20th May 2024 and paid in online where possible. Sponsorship money can be paid in by clicking  here. Please remember to state the event that you are paying the money in for.

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High Peak Trail Walk
What is Ashgate Hospice’s High Peak Trail Walk?

It’s a 17-mile walk along the High Peak Trail which is set in the beautiful Peak District National Park. We are also giving you the opportunity to start a little further down the trail if you’re not up for the full 17 mile. There is a 11-mile route, or you can take on the new 3.5-mile route with all the family. All three routes offer stunning views of the Peak District National Park. The event will take place on Sunday the 17th of March 2024 and walkers will meet at Cromford Meadows, before being transported to the event start line. Walkers will then follow the High Peak Trail back down Cromford Meadows.

What time will the High Peak Trail Walk start?

The buses for the 17-mile route will leave Cromford Meadows at 8 am so please arrive at 7.30 am to check in.

The buses for the 11-mile route will leave Cromford Meadows at 10 am so please arrive at 9.30 am to check in.

The buses for the 3.5-mile route will leave Cromford Meadows at 11 am so please arrive at 10.30 am to check in.

Please keep an eye out for any communications from us, in case we have to alter any of these timings.


Are dogs allowed to take part?

Yes, up to two well behaved dogs per entry are very welcome to take part, they’ll enjoy it as much as you! Please ensure that you stick to the countryside code and keep your dog(s) on a lead when required. Unfortunately, we have to limit the number of dogs per entry, as this is a requirement from the coach company who are taking you to your start point.

Are children allowed to take part?

Yes, we’d love the whole family to take part. We just ask that you are confident that your child/children are able to complete the distance before you sign them up. Please be aware that anybody under the age of 17 will need their parent/guardians’ consent to take part and anybody under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult on the day.

What type of walk/route is it?

It’s a linear route. This means you will be taken by coach to your start point and you will walk back down the trail to the finish point at Cromford Meadows. All of the route is on the High Peak Trail, which is mainly a good flat surface. However, there is one relatively steep hill as you walk down to High Peak Junction close to the end, which does have a few uneven sections, so please where strong supportive footwear i.e. walking boots.

Is the route suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs?

Unfortunately, the route is not suitable for wheelchairs. The route is not ideal for pushchairs, and we would advise against bringing/using them as it is uneven in places, you may even have to lift the pushchair in parts. However, the use of a pushchair(s) is your choice and used at your own risk.

How long will it take to complete the walk?

This will obviously depend on which route you have chosen but below is a guide on long it should take you at an average pace.

The 3.5-mile route will take you around 1 hour 15 minutes to complete.
The 11-mile route will take you around 4 hours to complete.
The 17-mile route will take you around 6 hours to complete.

However, it is not a race so just walk at a comfortable pace and enjoy the view. If you would like to build up a sweat though, then feel free to storm ahead!

Where can I park for the High Peak Trail Walk?

Free parking will be available on Cromford Meadows. You will be directed where to park when you arrive by our volunteers.

Why do I have to raise sponsorship money?

Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event safely, but it’s your sponsorship money that makes a difference. We are asking you to aim to raise £80 per person but whatever you can raise will help to ensure that Ashgate Hospice is here for the future, and can continue to provide end of life care to the people who need it most. If you need any help or inspiration raising sponsorship, check out our fundraising toolkit for ideas, or get in touch. 

Where do I need to go to park up and get on the coach?

The address for where you need to be at your start time (please check above, the different routes have different start times) is Cromford Meadows, Matlock, DE4 3RQ. Please note, if you are using Google maps, then please enter the location as ‘Rugby Club Car Park’ (specifically this wording), as just ‘Rugby Club’ or ‘Cricket Club’ will send you to the wrong place. Parking at Cromford Meadows in the designated event area will be free.

Please also be aware that part of Lea Road may be closed, so please check your route before the day.

Do I need to wear a face mask on the coach?

With the latest Government Covid-19 rule changes, we understand that it is no longer a legal requirement to wear face masks, conduct lateral flow tests and to social distance. However, please feel free to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable to do so.

I requested a T-shirt, when do I get this?

If you requested a T-shirt when you registered for the event, these will be available for you to collect at registration. Don’t worry if you didn’t and have changed your mind – we’ll have one available for you too!

Will there be toilets to use along the trail?

Toilet facilities are available at the Cromford Meadows registration/finish area and across the route at the following intervals:

  • Parsley Hay – 2 miles in on the 17-mile route.
  • Minninglow Car Park – 7 miles in on the 17-mile route and 1.5 miles in on the 11-mile route.
  • Middleton Top Visitors Centre – 13 miles in on the 17-mile route and 8 miles in on the 11-mile route.
  • Black Rocks – 15 miles in on the 17-mile route, 9 miles in on the 11-mile route and 1.2 miles in on the 3.5-mile route.
  • High Peak Junction – 16 miles in on the 17-mile route, 10.5 miles in on the 11-mile route and 2.6 miles in on the 3.5-mile route.
Can I sign up on the day?

Yes, so please ensure that you bring the money with you (if cash please bringing the correct money would be really useful if possible please).

The registration fees are as follows:

  • Under 5’s – Free (Must be accompanied by an adult)
  • 3.5 miles – Child Entry – (5 to 15 years) – £5
  • 3.5 miles – Adult Entry – (16+) – £10
  • 11 miles – Child Entry – (5 to 15 years) – £10
  • 11 miles – Adult Entry – (16+) – £15
  • 17 miles – Child Entry – (5 to 15 years) – £10
  • 17 miles – Adult Entry – (16+) – £15

Please check the arrival times for each of the different walks in the FAQs, and arrive at the requested route time to ensure that you can join the event.