Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - Peak District
16th - 18th June 2017
Hayfield, Peak District
Hayfield lies in the north-western corner of the Peak District, with the dramatic escarpment of Kinder Scout tracing across the skyline to the east. The village is a delightful mix of Pennine mill town and Peakland village. Once a small farming settlement in the Royal Forest of the Peak, the village developed in the 18th Century as demand for woven woollen cloth grew - look out for the three-storey weavers' cottages. By the 19th Century, water-powered mills took over with several built in the village. The railway arrived in 1868 linking Hayfield with Manchester, bringing goods to and from the mills and thousands of walkers at weekends during its heyday in the 1920s and 30s; Hayfield marked the end of the industrial towns and the start of the hills and will forever be associated with the famous Mass Trespass onto Kinder Scout in 1932. The railway has long since closed, but Hayfield still remains one of England's most famous walking bases. It is also famed as the birthplace of Arthur Lowe, better known as 'Captain Mainwaring'.
The Royal Hotel lies in the heart of Hayfield, overlooking the cricket pitch, and is a lively village pub with a buzzing atmosphere.
Mark Reid has written two books about the Peak District, including The Inn Way... to the Peak District (Mail on Sunday 'travel book of the week'), and so knows the village and surrounding hills and dales like the back of his hand.
Walking Weekender based from: Royal Hotel, Hayfield
Friday evening (9pm) - Meet at the Royal Hotel for our 'icebreaker' pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides (Mark & Richard) will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening - you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:45pm) - Meal at Royal Hotel (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
There will be a choice of adventurous or leisurely guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Richard Tarran MVO (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening 'icebreaker', where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) - choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the dales and hills. Routes will include Kinder Scout, Kinder Downfall, Edale Cross and South Head - superb walks full of interest and variety. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day's adventures.
Sunday (10am) - choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and hills routes taking areas such as Lantern Pike and the Sett Valley Trail. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells... until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a 'full day' from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a 'half day' from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer 'longer' or 'shorter' routes after lunch.
Hayfield facilities & accommodation
How to get to Hayfield
Hayfield lies along the A624 between Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith, and 3 miles to the east of New MIlls. There is a train station at New Mills (3 miles away), with regular bus services to Hayfield.
Hayfield has a choice of five pubs, a couple of B&Bs and a large camping & caravan site. There are several shops and cafes, including a fish & chip shop, newsagents, Post Office and general stores.
Hayfield offers a range of accommodation, including...
Royal Hotel, Hayfield
George Hotel, Hayfield
Kinder Lodge, Hayfield
Sportsman Inn, Hayfield
Millie's Tea Room & B&B, Hayfield
Camping & Caravanning Club (including tents)
For more information visit Hayfield Parish Website
ONLY £70 per person for the Walking Weekender
- Friday night 'icebreaker' evening at the pub
- Choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday*
- Walks guided by qualified and knowledgeable Mountain Leaders
- Saturday evening Pub Quiz Night
- Use of our Berghaus gear if required
- TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme (click here for more info)
- Goodie Bag
- FREE Black Sheep Brewery T-shirt
Please provide your own travel, food and accommodation for the weekend, as well as your own walking boots. Over 18s only - Walking Weekenders are designed for adults. Discount vouchers issued at the weekend.
Experience & fitness:
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day's walk across the Peak District!
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 6,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day's walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).