Organisers – Richie & Rick
Where – YHA Ilam Hall, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ
When – 9–11 March 2018 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £119.00 (includes 2 nights accommodation and the guided walks
For this weekend we will be visiting the Peak District National Park (Dark Peak), an ideal location for an early spring weekend away.
We have accommodation booked at YHA Ilam Hall – a 17th Century gothic manor which sits in 84 acres of National Trust parkland next to the river Manifold, with Dovedale just on its doorstep. The beautiful Youth Hostel is full of character and nestled near the church and quaint village of Ilam.
Ilam It is only a 3-4 hour drive from West London, meaning a decent arrival time on Friday evening. The hostel is ideally located for our planned hikes with all bed linen provided (just bring towel and toiletries). There is a wellequipped self-catering Kitchen (fridges, freezer, oven, kettles, toasters, microwave, cutlery & crockery) a Dining area, Lounge, Games Room, Drying Room, Showers and Toilets.
On Saturday our walk is a Peak District classic, Stanage Edge. It’s a 50 minute drive from the hostel to Hathersage where the walk starts from. A 10 mile (16km) route will see us pass North Lees, visited by Charlotte Bronte and featured in Jane Eyre. We then head to Stanage Edge, and if we look closely we can see abandoned millstones. Stanage Edge is popular with climbers and sometimes paragliders too. The ridge offers some spectacular views, particularly from High Neb. We then head to Burbage Rocks and Higger Tor before returning to Hathersage where there will be time for a tea shop or visit to one of the quality outdoor shops in the village. On Saturday evening we can either eat out as a group at a local pub, or self-cater at the accommodation.
On Sunday we will drive 25 minutes to Longnor where our 9 mile (14.5km) walk starts in the village square. Our route provides extensive views of the Dove Valley and includes the peaks of Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill. We should be back at the vehicles in Longnor by 3pm and so you can expect to be back in London by about 7:30pm.