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Peak District Trail Running Camp


Trail running camp in the Peak District

A trail and fell running weekend where learning is everything. Enjoy a supportive and relaxed environment to improve your technique, try new things in the heart of the Peak District National Park. 

Tracks and Trails have teamed up with Wild Ginger Running to offer our guests a long weekend of trail run training from the beautiful village of Castleton. Develop your trail and mountain running experience on our carefully designed running camp. Suitable for beginner to intermediate trail runners looking to explore new places and get off the beaten track.

Explore the Hope and Edale valleys and the Great Ridge from our valley base. Packed full of training, gear testing, expert talks and exclusive films our pre-season long weekend will spark you full of energy, motivation and advice for the season ahead.

Highlights

  • Four guided trail runs in the beautiful Peak District National Park
  • All meals and 2 nights ensuite accommodation
  • Expert training and tuition from Fell Running Guide Dave Taylor
  • Running pole workshop with Leki athlete Simon Tams
  • Gear testing including; Silva head torches, running packs and Leki poles
  • How to tackle hills, drills and thrills of running up or down
  • Nutrition for Runners - with guest speaker Anita Bean
  • Advice on equipment; clothing, racing and training
  • How to plan the perfect trail route - basic navigation for all
  • Run specific strength training session and advice
  • Stretch class to ease those muscles
  • An exclusive Wild Ginger Running Cape Wrath Ultra film showing
  • Souvenir training camp film by Wild Ginger Running
  • FREE goodie bag for every guest!
  • Extra goodie bag & perks for Wild Ginger Running Patreons

Our Peak District Trail Running weekend is designed to make you feel more confident and informed about exploring off the beaten track.

The Peak District National Park became the United Kingdom's first national park on 17 April 1951. Below the dramatic limestone gorge of Winnats Pass and mysterious Mam Tor (locally known as the 'Shivering Mountain') Castleton, is one of the most beautiful villages in the White Peak. Situated on the cusp of the Peak District's breathtaking limestone and gritstone landscapes our base offers access to numerous trails including the Limestone Way and start of the Pennine Way (aka famous Spine Race). Explore beautiful trails whilst learning about the history, geology and nature of the area.

Running with nature can add many new dimensions both to your health, mind and other sports. Getting off the beaten track and varying your training can help prevent injuries, improve your strength and fitness and provide an easy way to explore the great outdoors.

Join our two expert coaches; have fun, learn lots, and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Images credits: Jen Scotney, Claire Maxted & Julia Tregaskis-Allen


If we could bottle your knowledge and enthusiasm, it would be a wonderful thing!

Thanks for an unforgettable week with you leading us through the grueling and beautiful mountain trails. It was an experience I will never forget, and you have inspired me to push further with my running. I did 10k this morning before breakfast, through Hyde Park, and I thought of you. Thank goodness the course was flat!

Thank you SO much for an incredible week. I had a fantastic holiday, and can't wait to look back through all the photos to remind me of the awesome adventure. Send my thanks on to our coaches for their expertise and guidance through the week. Meeting Kilian & Anna was a added bonus, but it will really be the trails that I remember most. Fingers crossed the Alpine flat training leads to PBs at the weekend! 

Itinerary

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  • accommodation
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  • Today we meet at our accommodation, Losehill Hall YHA Castleton, at 1300 hrs. For early arrivals the reception is open all day for drinks and snacks.

    Castleton itself is one of the Peak District’s most charming villages, with Peveril Castle, plenty of small, independent shops and numerous pubs for guests to explore and enjoy. Castleton is also famed for its caves and caverns, most notably the Blue John Cavern, and is a haven for walkers, bikers and runners.

    Afternoon: The weekend starts with a welcome meeting with your running coaches and Wild Ginger Running owner Claire Maxted who will answer any questions you have about the days ahead.

    Our first workshop with Claire, is on Kit & Clothing. An opportunity to discuss all there is to know about trail and mountain running gear. We will also have a variety of trail running packs and vests for you to try over the coming days.

    Changing room facilities will be made available to us so that we can then go out on our first run!

    Enjoy an easy paced warm up run from the hostel door. All on good paths and wide trails this mainly flat loop first crosses fields to Castleton village passing several medieval sights along the way. Leaving the village our route soon picks up the riverside path to large meadows accessed by small 'squeezer' stiles to reach Hope with it's historic Saxon church. We complete our circuit returning back to Castleton wiggling through meadows and farmland directly to our accommodation.

    Distance: 7km (4.3 miles)

    Room check-in will be after our run leaving plenty of time to rest and relax before dinner.

    Evening: Q & A's on Nutrition for Runners - with guest speaker Anita Bean registered nutritionist, health writer, internationally published author and athlete. This session is a chance to dispell the myths of what to do, how to train effectively and fuel your passion for running and performance.

    We complete the day with an exclusive Wild Ginger Cape Wrath Ultra film showing!

  • Morning: Begin the day with a fun 'run specific' workout to improve your overall strength that can be adapted to use at home. Develop this further and start planning for future goals.

    After a coffee break we then head to the trails for our second run. Leaving Castleton behind the church we join the start of the Limestone Way. The path quickly rises past the rear of Peveril Castle, through Cave Dale to open moorland to reach Mam Tor the Shivering Mountain! Mam Tor, meaning ‘Mother Hill’, sits at 517m (1696ft) high and is not only one of the most famous high spots in the Peak District but makes a very achievable running peak. Here the views are magnificent, particularly along The Great Ridge and Rushup Edge - on a clear day you can even see Manchester! Mam Tor sits on the edge of the Dark Peak (gritstone) and the White Peak (limestone) which means you get some fantastic views of the limestone parts of the National Park, such as the dry gorge of Winnats Pass.

    The return leg and descent is all on good trail and gives far-reaching views down the Hope Valley and yesterdays run. A really satisfying route which also passes four of the area's famous caverns Treak Cliff Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Peak Cavern. Our focus today will be on technique including uphill and downhill skills on a variety of terrain.

    Distance: 10-12 km (6.2-7.45 miles)

    Afternoon: Orienteering coach Dave Taylor will run a workshop on planning routes and mapping runs. This session is designed to be a fun and practical look at creating routes and getting to grips with some basic map skills to give you the confidence to  start exploring off the beaten yourself track safely and confidently.

    Evening: Q & A's on Training for Trail and Mountain running & racing - with Dave Taylor. Dave won the 2015 English Fell Running Champions (V50 category) and has completed the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay Rounds (to name a few!)

    We complete the day with a chance to try out night running! Thanks Silva for their headlamps once the time we plan to head out for short night run experience.

  • Today Leki Ambassador and athlete Simon Tams will be with us with his fleet of Leki poles to try. We will encorporate his knowledge and skills on a day of running and hiking on the trails.

    Leaving from the rear of our accommodation a gentle warm up run takes us to the foot of Losehill 476m (1561ft) the perfect place to test our poles for some assisted climbing! This relatively easy climb has a steady continuous gradient to it's summit offering views into Edale along on along the Great Ridge and start of the Pennine Way. We are then rewarded by a fun descent along the ridge to Back Tor and Hollins Cross where we turn and descend further into the Vale of Edale. We'll have time to test our poles on a variety of downhill terrain before reaching the farms of Barber Booth and Upper Booth as we reach the Pennine Way. Steeped in history, this National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England a challenge for many runners in the race known as the Spine Race. From here, depending on how we feel we have several options available to us be it heading to visit Edale village, the official start of the Pennine Way, towards the High Peak and Kinder plateau, Rushup Edge or along the Edale skyline. Either way we'll complete the day with a gentle stretch and flexibilty session back at Losehill Hall.

    Distance: 10-20km (6.2-12.4 miles)

    N.B From Edale it's possible to shorten the route and take the train back to Hope to get back to our accommodation.

    After breakfast today we will check out of rooms but showers and left luggage facilities will be available to us.

    Following farewells and a look at some photos of the weekend we expect the camp to end by about 1600 hrs.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

On all of our trips we take time to research, update and view the best accommodations available to ensure that our guests stay in well-situated, comfortable and characterful accommodation.

Our trip fees are based on two or four people sharing an ensuite room at the charming Losehill Hall YHA.

If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin or quad bedroom sharing with people of the same gender. Quad bedrooms are available at the reduced trip price of £465 (note trip code: PTR QUAD). Please select 'Family Room' on your booking form if you would like this option. Single rooms are available but in limited supply and incur a supplementary fee of £120.

Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied. Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 9am. There is a left luggage store and shower facilities available to us after check-out on the departure day.

Losehill Youth Hostel, Castleton

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is a fully refurbished 4* Victorian gothic mansion situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The hostel has 36 rooms, most of which have en-suite facilities, set within 27 acres of parkland and offering stunning views across its picturesque surroundings. There are plenty of comfortable communal sitting areas including a lounge and library and gorgeous finishing touches like a woodburning stove and atmospheric candles. Finished to a high standard, the hostel offers a licensed bar, free Wi-Fi in communal area, laundry and drying room, plenty of visitor parking, full board accommodation and a private meeting room for talks and group sessions. Castleton has good public transport links within easy access of Losehill Hall.


  • Follow this link for details on how to reach our accommodation location at Losehill Hall YHA. Get directions with Google Maps.

    Castleton can be reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane!

    The hostel entrance is on the A625 from Sheffield/Hathersage and is on the East end of the village and has a large guest car park.

    By road: From the west, take the A625 from Chapel en le Frith following signs for Castleton Blue John Caverns and turn down the Winnats Pass (very steep). The detour signs from the west can be confusing and add considerably to the journey. Please follow these directions rather than Satnav as the postcode covers a large area.

    Regular buses connect with Castleton and the road end leading to our accommodation at Losehill Hall YHA. For bus timetable visit First South Yorkshire and search for the Sheffield-Castleton line no. 272 or no. 271 which goes via Bradwell, Hathersage and Hope. Timetables are published 2 months in advance.

    If you are wish to travel by train Hope is the closest railway station which is 2 miles away from Castleton. Hope train station is on Hope Valley line from Manchester to Sheffield. The no. 272 bus passes through Hope taking you directly to the road end for our accommodation.

    Manchester and Liverpool are the closest international airports (40 minutes and 75 minutes respectively).

    Further details on Castleton and the Hope valley can be found on the local tourist office website.

    Please contact us if you need further advice on your specific travel requirements.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity including emergency helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. 

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our Terms and Conditions is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details.

    You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and for the accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Equipment

    • Trail or fell running shoes for use in a variety of trails - please ask if you are unsure of what to bring
    • Running poles are only recommended for long climbing and mixed terrain - these will be available to borrow
    • Running pack / vest max approx 10 litres in size. Please test your pack for comfort once full. We suggest a design with a chest and waist strap - these will be available to borrow
    • Plastic bag / liner to waterproof your rucksack
    • Water container 1 litre (we recommend 2 x soft flasks)

    Clothing

    Choose from the following items according to the weather on the day. Please ask if you require advice.

    • Waterproof jacket with hood made with a waterproof and breathable membrane designed for mountain use
    • Waterproof over trousers 
    • Mid length tights and longs socks or long running tights to cover the legs completely
    • Thermal top with long sleeves 
    • Thin fleece or lightweight down jacket
    • Running shorts 
    • Breathable t-shirt / vest 
    • Warm hat
    • Ear / headband
    • Baseball cap or other sun hat 
    • Gloves x2 (one thick and waterproof for warmth & one thin)
    • Socks for running footwear
    • Scarf or buff for neck
    • Recovery socks / compression socks - not essential
    • Fleece/ wind stopper waistcoat - not essential

    Comfort

    • Lip salve / sunscreen / sunglasses - essential on sunny days
    • Toilet paper - we recommend a few biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • N.B rubbish is not to be left on the hill so we suggest disposal bags
    • We recommend that you bring food you are used to running on with you i.e: snack bars / gels / energy drinks / trail mix / recovery drinks etc
    • Supplementary trail snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet

    Documents

    • Cash – Sterling
    • Credit card 
    • Passport / Identification
    • Waterproof bag for documents

    Additional Information

    • Camera 
    • Phone
    • Clothing for use in the accommodation
    • Comfortable, loose, long clothing for any stretching classes
    • Ear plugs – recommended if sharing a room! 
    • Head torch - also useful when sharing a room
    • Maps can be bought locally - not essential
    • Compass - not essential
    • Heart rate monitor – not essential
    • GPS watch / phone to track your route - not essential
    • Book/notepad & pencil for talks 
    • Toiletries: including soap/shower gel

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication
    • Blister Plasters (like Compeed)
    • Normal plasters 
    • Pain relief/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets 
    • 2x Re-hydration sachets
    • Anti-chaffing cream / vaseline
    • Antiseptic cream/spray – not essential
    • Foot tape – not essential
    • Bandage / support for knees

    If you have any questions with regards to what to bring on your specific trip then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

    Personal First Aid Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit

  • This running camp is designed for those wishing to start trail running or improve their current knowledge in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Losehill Hall is in a fantastic location and offers some great facilities with the ability to run literally from the door! The focus will be on technique, fun and learning. 

    Suitable for regular runners who would like the freedom of getting out and exploring new places, designed to make you feel more confident and informed about exploring off the beaten track. If you can comfortably run 10 - 20kms (6.2 - 12.5 miles) or can run for 1-2 hours and are looking to learn, explore and improve then this trail running camp is for you!

    We stress that this camp is not a 'race' nor is it about being highly competitive with the others on the camp. Everyone will benefit from working with our two excellent coaches, and we feel sure you will benefit whatever your goals and aspirations.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin or quad bedded room comprising of two or four single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. A small number of single rooms are available for a supplementary fee of £120.

  • Dave Taylor is an experienced UK Athletics coach (specialising in Fell and Mountain Running), Mountain Leader, Orienteering Coach and successful fell runner. Dave won the 2015 English Fell Running Champions (V50 category) and has completed the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay Rounds. Dave works full time as a Trail & Fell Running Guide offering coaching, guided runs and navigation training to runners of all abilities.

    Dave's passion is running on the trails and fells, mainly in the Peak District but also further afield. As a Fell Running Guide, he's contributed to numerous articles and featured in magazines such as Trail Running, Outdoor Fitness  and Men's Running. Dave has been heavily involved in the organisation of major mountain marathons and races including the Edale Skyline and the Ultra Tour of the Peak District.