Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted.
Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions, for example, we may not be able to stop and have lunch at a mountain farm as stated in the itinerary, because the farm has had to react to new rules with regard to serving food and drinks. We imagine that there will be many scenarios which might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.
When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.
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 wish to travel by train Hope is the closest railway station which is 2 miles away from Castleton. Hope train station is on the 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.
When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:
Mountain Rescue Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.
Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance
You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.
As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.
Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.
All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions.
If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.
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.
Choose from the following items according to the weather on the day. Please ask if you require advice. You must be able to cover yourself with 3 full layers on your upper body and 2 full layers on your legs.
Personal First Aid
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.
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.
On this trip we require a minimum of 4 people to book before we can confirm the trip will go ahead. We give the maximum as 10, but if we receive further interest we may increase the maximum stated, and employ another guide to ensure that the overall group sizes for sessions are small.
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 keen fell run racer. 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.