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Fell Running

If you fancy something a little more adventurous than simply running along the cycle trails in the Peak District, then why not think about taking up fell running as an excellent source of exercise. There are certainly plenty of fells in the Peak District as well is lots of hills and Dales for those with stronger legs! 

My favourite running area is the Burbage Valley, close to Hathersage in the Peak District.  It is only 10km from the city centre yet gives the feel of being rugged and remote, especially if you can avoid the weekend crowds. There is plenty of parking at the top and bottom of the valley and a choice of terrain to run on including trail, fell and steep hill.  It has everything an off road runner needs and if you park at the Fox House you can reward your efforts with a little "liquid refreshment" afterwards. I took advantage a brief...
A Burbage Evening – Racing Clouds
I love getting away from the crowds and off the beaten track.  It allows me to keep on top of my navigation skills but more importantly offers peace and tranquility and a feeling of being at one with nature.  This is my meditation, nothing but the natural sounds around me: a skylark singing on the breeze, a curlew calling my attention away from its young, my own footsteps, my own breathing, the sound of my own heartbeat. Taking advantage of a fine midweek forecast and wanting a long run I decided to head into the heart of the Peak...
A Run into the Heart of the Peak District
The damp, grey blanket that has hung limply over the area for most of the week has finally gone and once again fell running in the Peak District is a pleasure. The anticyclonic gloom replaced now by brighter but noticeably colder weather as the Northerly reminds us that winter is not far ahead.  Summer time is over and the shortening days have had their effect on the trees, the leaves turning through a kaleidoscope of green, yellow, brown and red as they give up the fight and fall, recycled into nature to provide shelter and...
Autumn Colours
Some days the Peak District is shrouded in low cloud or hill fog and the splendid views are replaced by a damp, dreary clag. It is harder to be inspired on these dull days, no yonder far horizon of blue hills nor sun dappled heather and bracken. But wait, there is a visual reward to be had if you look more closely. One such day finds me running on the moorland around Derwent Edge practising some navigation skills.  The reduced visibility creates a smaller world and as I run it forces me to focus more on my immediate...
Bright Jewels on a Dull Day
Crowden Clough The climb up Crowden is a challenge for any fell runner: uneven, loose, slippery and so steep in its upper reaches that most people will be slowed to a hands on knees walk.  But the rewards are fantastic views and good running on the path flanking the Kinder plateau. Accessed from Upper Booth rather than Edale, Crowden sees less traffic than its neighbour Grindsbrook Clough but shares the same characteristics.  Starting in Edale I work my way through a network of fields and footpaths to Upper Booth and...
CROWDEN & KINDER
White Edge, high to the east of Grindleford in the Peak District is a lovely location for a run.  There are interesting things to discover off the main path and it offers great views across Big Moor towards Sheffield, Chesterfield and westwards across the National Park in the direction of Tideswell.  This westerly aspect makes it ideal for an evening run when broken high cloud offers the prospect of a fine sunset and the orange rays enhance the purple of the heather. Starting at the junction of the A625 and B6054 I head up onto...
Evening Sun on White Edge
It was a dull, damp and dreary morning in the Peak District - not at all inspiring for running in the hills. Cloud capped Peak District hills With the air in the valley full of fine drizzle and the higher ground cloaked in wet hill fog the only positive was that the weather was much better than yesterday's deluge and than that predicted for tomorrow.  I decided on a high circle of Castleton, with a sharp climb from the valley to gain height followed by the undulating ridge. Heading out across the fields towards Losehill Hall...
Fell Running – Hill Forts and Limestone Ravines
The high moors of the Peak District have had their first dusting of snow.   Winter comes to the Peak District And with a cold, crisp winter's day giving an ideal opportunity for a run I decided to visit some less frequented parts of the Peak.  Starting at the turning circle at the northern end of Derwent reservoir I immediately noticed a keen wind.  The water, glassy and mirror like on my last visit now rippled under the northerly breeze. Thankful of the meagre heat from a wintery sun in an almost cloudless sky I set...
Fell Running – Winter Coming
The nights are drawing in but a day of good weather has given a great opportunity for evening running in wonderful conditions. Twilight running Grabbing the opportunity to squeeze in a late evening run I picked up a friend and we headed out to the nearest part of the Peak District for a twilight run.  The sun was setting by the time we started but there was just enough light to run without torches for 20 minutes or so. The light was fantastic, salmon pink in the west merging to shades of turquoise and a deep indigo to the east...
Night Running - Ox Stones and Lady Canning’s Plantation
Fell Running Guide offers guided runs in the beautiful Peak District National Park.  Do you enjoy running but are unfamiliar with the area or don’t have the navigation skills to allow you to make the most of your time in the Peak District?  Would you love to explore the more remote areas but are worried that you’d get lost?  With a guided run you can focus on the beautiful surroundings with the peace of mind that the navigation is taken care of. Working with individuals or small groups I tailor the session to...
Peak District Running - Fell Running Guide - Peak District
Snow; fallen and frozen, air; calm, cold, crisp, sky; blue & high cloud. Fantastic conditions for a run on the higher ground of the Peak District.   Stunning winter conditions The Hope valley was wreathed in its customary cloak, the cold air, subsiding overnight forming an inversion and resulting in cold, grey conditions.  Climbing the flanks of Win Hill I emerged from the fog into stunning winter conditions. Temperatures were sub zero but the climb proved sufficient to warm all but the exposed skin on my face. ...
Winter Hills
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