2 Days or less
Completing the SkyNine challenge at whatever level is an great achievement. Approximately 50 miles of Peak District Hills and bogs and on the full race day (only one a year) a few extra surprises along the way. The full SkyNine challenge takes on the Edale Skyline route before diverting from Win Hill towards Ladybower and then completing the 9 Edges Challenge.
The Challenge is run in three different classes. Hat – the easiest, Green Beret – Intermediate and Red Beret – elite.
The SkyNine Hat class Challenge skips a few miles and breaks the journey over the Edale Skyline and 9 Edges down into two manageable days. With a comfy bed overnight, warm bath and filling meal, you will be ready and raring to go for the second day.
The Green Beret class toughs it out an overnight campsite approximately half way along the route. As well as providing guides and safety staff, we arrange for a kit drop of your tents, (or hire ours) sleeping bags and other essentials to make life a little easier overnight. You head off on day two leaving the tents etc which we collect.
The Red Beret Class is unsupported (other than safety staff) and you carry what you need. You have the option of stopping at the overnight camp or just sucking it up and completing it as one long day.
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 are for the Hat class only. Green and Red Beret classes are run as a bespoke event or join us on our annual stroll around the Peak District.
Sat 15 – Sun 16 May
Sat 26 – Sun 27 June
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Sept
Challenge Race Day 2021 – TBC
If you are a group, (large or small) we can run this event at whichever level (or all levels) you desire 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 £495 including transport.
We meet at 08:30 in the village of Hope.
Hat Class – Open Challenge – After meeting your guide for the day, we do a quick equipment check and safety brief before heading off.
We follow the twenty mile route of the Edale Skyline Challenge before dropping back down into the village of Hope.
The following day we meet you at 08:15 near Baslow where we leave the cars and hop on our transport for the drive to Fairholmes. From here we follow the route of the 9 Edges Challenge arriving back in Baslow in the late afternoon.
A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day (Hat class) or two days (Green and Red beret class) in the hills. We will provide the group safety equipment.
This Beyond the Edge challenge is offered as residential or non-residential for Hat Class. Green Beret will camp overnight about halfway along the route and for the Red Beret class, sleeping is optional. For the Hat class, 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.
You do have to be walking / running fit to enjoy this challenge. To complete it without requires a lot of determination and an appetite for pain and blisters. For the Hat class its two twenty mile challenge walks back too back. For the Green Beret and Red Beret class is fifty miles.