9 Edges Challenge
Approx 10 hours
As the 9 Edges name suggests, this challenge walk links nine of the areas famous Gritstone Edges. Easy walking with no sharp ridges or huge ascents make this along with the Edale Skyline an ideal first longer distance challenge.
It’s a great way to meet like minded folk and, as each group is led by an expert local leader, not worry about the route or the logistics. You will also have the opportunity to learn something about our amazing home along the way.
Beyond the Edge are one of the most experienced providers of mountain adventures in the UK. We think its important that the event is run in a fun and friendly manner, and, take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further events and courses.
Our Open itineraries broadly follow the standard race route from Fairholmes to the Robin Hood pub below Birchen Edge. For bespoke groups we can adjust the route or increase the challenge with a winter round if required. An average group will complete the challenge in between seven and ten hours.
Sun 4 April
Sun 16 May
Sun 27 June
Sun 19 Sep
If you are a group, (large or small) we can run this event on a bespoke basis. Please contact the office and we will arrange a package to suit your requirements. For a rough price, a small group of up to six people with one guide would be £275 including transport.
We meet at 08:15 near Baslow.
After meeting your guide for the day, we do a quick equipment check and safety brief before leaving your vehicles and hop on our transport to take us to Fairholmes and the start of the walk.
Its a stiff climb up to Back Tor the highest point on the route at 538m and, after tagging the summit we turn south along Derwent Edge with great views down Ladybower reservoir.
A good path takes us towards Moscar and the beginning of Stanage Edge. As we traverse this we are sure to spot climbers who come from all over the world to climb on this iconic edge.
Burbage North followed by Burbage South lead us to the National Trust Longshaw Estate and its cafe!
Wide even paths now speed us over Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow Edges. The race route heads to Birchen Edge with the briefest of nods to Gardoms Edge and then down to our finish point at the Robin Hood.
A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day in the hills. We will provide all the group safety equipment.
This Beyond the Edge challenge is normally non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William hotel which offers BtE clients a discounted rate. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page. For bespoke events if you would like us to arrange accommodation, just let us know.
You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this challenge. To traverse the 9 Edges in around 10 hours a good general fitness is quite sufficient. Obviously the fitter you are the the easier it is. Some handy hints for improving your fitness are contained in the joining instructions.