Ashgate Hospicecare High Peak Trail Walk FAQs

What is Ashgate Hospicecare’s High Peak Trail Walk? 

The High Peak Trail Walk is a brand-new event for 2021. A 17 mile or an 8-mile walk are both on offer along the stunning High Peak Trail within the Peak District National Park. It will take place on Saturday 10th July 2021 and walkers will meet at Cromford Meadows before being transported to the event start line. Walkers will then follow the High Peak Trail back down Cromford Meadows and to their vehicles.   

Numbers are limited this year, but we aim to open this event to more supporters from March 2022. 

Will COVID-19 impact the event and what restrictions will be in place? 

We are confident that the High Peak Trail Walk will go ahead this year, but we need to be aware that COVID-19 will still be present and may pose some risks. We will need to follow all government guidance and restrictions that are in place at the time of the event, and this may include wearing a mask, applying hand sanitiser and social distancing. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 restrictions set out by the government, and act accordingly, should we need to. Please keep an eye on our social media channels and participant newsletters for the latest updates, as we head towards the High Peak Trail Walk 2021. 

Do I need any proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to take part? 

At present, we will not need proof that you have had your vaccination to take part in the event. We will monitor and follow all government guidelines around COVID-19, and if the requirements change and are enforced by the government, we will be in touch. 

Will I be able to sign up on the day? 

Unfortunately, we will not be taking on the day entries, so please make sure you sign up sooner rather than later, as the event does have limited numbers. 

Why does the walk have a limited number of places? 

We feel at this moment in time, limiting numbers with a staggered start will help us to abide by any COVID-19 related restrictions, and keep everybody as safe as possible. Also, as this is the event’s first year, we want to use your feedback to improve the event for a bigger launch in March 2022. To reflect this, we have kept registration fees at just £10.  

What time will the event start? 

Start times will be split into time slots. These will be between 8am and 10am. We will let you know your start time a little closer to the event date. Don’t worry, you will have plenty of time to plan your day. Please be aware that you will need to arrive in advance of your start time, so it could be a bit of an early start! 

Will I still be able to walk with my friends/family?
Yes, we will do our very best to assign family and friends to the same time slot where possible and enable you to move into a different time slot if required. We understand that taking part with your family and friends is really important, so we will do our utmost to ensure this. 

If I’m not happy with my timeslot, can I request a different one?
If you cannot make the time slot that you have been assigned, please email events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call us on 01246 567250. 

Are dogs allowed to take part?
Yes, up to two well behaved dogs per entry are very welcome to take part, they’ll enjoy it as much as you! Please ensure that you stick to the countryside code and keep your dog(s) on a lead when required. 

Unfortunately, we have to limit the number of dogs per entry, as this is a requirement from the coach company who are taking you to your start point. 

Are children allowed to take part? 

Yes, we’d love the whole family to take part. We just ask that you are confident that your child/children are able to complete the distance before you sign them up. Please be aware that anybody under the age of 17 will need their parent/guardians’ consent to take part and anybody under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult on the day. Unfortunately, the route is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.  

What type of walk/route is it? 

Its a linear route. This means you will be taken by coach to your start point and you will walk back down the trail to the finish point at Cromford Meadows. All of the route is on the High Peak Trail, which is mainly a good flat surface, however there will be a few uneven sections so please where strong supportive footwear i.e. walking boots. 

How long will it take to complete the walk? 

The average walker will take around six hours to complete the 17-mile route and 2.5 hours to complete the 8-mile route, however it is not a race so just walk at a comfortable pace and enjoy the view. If you would like to build up a sweat though, then feel free to storm ahead! 

Can I run? 

Unfortunately, no, this is a walking event. However, we have numerous running events on offer that you can take part in if you wish. Please click here to see what takes your fancy. 

Can I stop if I feel like I cannot complete the walk?
Yes, if you feel like you are unable to continue walking, or sustain an injury then please inform one of our marshals. We will have a support vehicle which will be able to collect you and take you to the finish line.  

Is there first aid at this event?
Yes, first aid cover is being provided by St John’s Ambulance. 

Where can I park?
Free parking will be available on Cromford Meadows. You will be directed where to park when you arrive. 

Will there be toilets at this event? 

Yes, toilets will be available at the start/finish area and at various points along the route. 

What happens if the event has to be cancelled?
We are confident that the walk will take place and we will use whatever measures/precaution necessary around COVID-19. If we do have to cancel the walk for any reason, we will be in touch with more details on how to transfer your place to a future event, donate your entry fee or request a refund.  

Why do I have to raise sponsorship? 

Your entry fee covers the cost to run the event safely, but it’s your sponsorship money that really makes a difference. We are asking you to aim to raise £75 per person, to ensure that Ashgate Hospicecare is here for the future, and can continue to provide end of life care to the people who need it most.  If you need any help or inspiration raising sponsorship, click here for some ideas or get in touch. 

Will there be food and drink at the event?
Water and snacks will be provided. We may even have a food van for you to purchase food and drink as well, more information to follow on this. We kindly ask that you dispose of your litter properly and help keep the wonderful Derbyshire countryside tidy. 

Am I able to volunteer at this event?
We are so grateful for each and every person that gives up their time to support our events. Please email events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk if you are interested in volunteering at this event and a member of our Events Team will be in touch. 

Will you be sending out fundraising packs? 

No, due to COVID 19, we will be encouraging people where possible to set up an online fundraising page (upon registration, you will be prompted to set up a fundraising page). If you have any questions about fundraising, please email set@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call us on 01246 567250. 

I can no longer take part in this event, what do I need to do? 

If you can no longer take part in this event, please email set@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call our Supporter Engagement Team on 01246 567250 to let them know. If you have collected any sponsorship money, you can pay this in online here (please don’t forget to include the name of the event that you are paying in the money for) or bring in into our Fundraising Hub on Storforth Lane Trading Estate, Hasland. 

How do I set up a fundraising page? 

Once you sign up to the event, you will be asked whether you want to create an online fundraising page (to sign up to the event, please click here). Once you have selected yes to creating one, you can personalise your page and share it with your friends and family. 

If you have any issues setting up your online fundraising page, please get in touch via events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk  

Do I bring my sponsor money on the day?
No, please don’t bring your sponsorship money with you on the day. We are thankful to each and every one of you that fundraises for us, and we kindly ask that you bring any sponsor money in after the event. Please pay in your sponsorship money via one of the following options: 

  • Pay it in online here (please don’t forget to include the name of the event that you are paying in the money for). 
  • Bring it into our Fundraising Hub on Storforth Lane to pay in if you are unable to do it online. 

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please email the Events Team at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call the Fundraising Team on 01246 567250, we’ll be more than happy to help!