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Wonderful walks in the Peak District — Big Shakeout Festival

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Wonderful walks in the Peak District — Big Shakeout Festival

Hiking Collection by Alpkit

5

Tours

17:31 h

45.4 mi

4,500 ft

The Alpkit Big Shakeout is back with a weekend of adventure and entertainment in the heart of the Peak District. To celebrate the festival’s return, we’ve compiled a Collection of wonderful walks starting right from the campsite. Whether you’re into challenging days or family-friendly Tours, you’ll find inspiration here.

This Collection reveals some fantastic places to explore near the festival: Monsal Head, where stunning views await; the epic Headstone Viaduct; the iconic Chatsworth Estate; Nine Ladies Stone Circle; Robin Hood’s Stride; the idyllic Lathkill, Monsal and Deep Dales; the market town of Bakewell, plus more.

Each Tour explores interesting sites, breathtaking viewpoints and places where you can sample local delicacies. So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your boots and discover the spellbinding beauty, fascinating history and enchanting wildlife nearby!

To see our festival cycling Collection, click here: komoot.com/collection/1319736.

The Alpkit Big Shakeout will take place at the Thornbridge Outdoors Centre. The format is simple: active days and entertaining evenings.

Day activities include wild swimming, learning the art of tarpology, food foraging and axe-throwing. When the sun goes down, you can watch adventure films, listen to live music or simply chat with new and old friends around the campfire.

If you have a taste for adventure, want to be inspired and try something new, the Big Shakeout is for you. It's a not-for-profit festival run by Alpkit, the outdoor retailer, with all proceeds donated to the Alpkit Foundation. This is Alpkit’s independent charity, set up to remove barriers to getting outdoors and experiencing wild places.

Location: Thornbridge Outdoors Centre, Great Longstone, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NY. Tickets available from alpkit.com/bigshakeout.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:13
    6.43 mi
    2.9 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Expect peaceful riverside, rolling countryside, a historic sheep-dip and a slice of Bakewell Pudding on this loop, which explores the beating heart of the Peak District.

    To begin, head west on the Monsal Trail and then take footpaths through farmland to Ashford in the Water. Here, you find a picturesque medieval sheepwash bridge overhung by willow trees, a 12th-century church, …

  • Intermediate
    04:33
    12.5 mi
    2.8 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This loop explores the magnificent Chatsworth Estate. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the iconic stately home and stunning parkland is a must-see on any visit to the Peak District.

    To begin, head east along the Monsal Trail towards Bakewell. Take the footpath left and climb steeply through the golf course and summit on Carlton Pastures. Next, descend …

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    13.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Mystical stone circles, mythical rocks, enchanting moorland, breathtaking views, idyllic dales and rolling pastures — this loop from Bakewell to Stanton Moor is packed with interest.

    This hike does start and finish with a bus ride between Great Longstone and Bakewell. All travel instructions are at the bottom, as is the link to a longer version of the route from …

  • Easy
    01:47
    5.00 mi
    2.8 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Breathtaking views, gentle riversides, sleepy villages and rolling countryside — this loop around Monsal Head and Ashford in the Water crams a lot into a couple of hours.

    To begin, head west along the Monsal Trail, a former railway line that is now a popular traffic-free recreational path. After hiking through Headstone Tunnel, you emerge onto Headstone Viaduct, a magnificent …

  • Intermediate
    03:03
    8.41 mi
    2.8 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Idyllic landscapes, historic structures and spectacular views combine on this hike, which explores the Monsal and Deep Dales.

    Start by heading west on the Monsal Trail. After hiking through Headstone Tunnel, step onto Headstone Viaduct, a breathtaking structure across Monsal Dale. After hiking up to Monsal Head for an iconic viewpoint, descend to the valley bottom. Pick-up the course of …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    45.4 mi
  • Duration
    17:31 h
  • Elevation
    4,500 ft

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