Full round

16 Reserves
120km / 75mi
2700m / 9000ft

The ultimate discovery journey of the Wild Peak

The ultimate Wild Peak challenge. A journey connecting 16 nature reserves around the Peak District and taking in many landmarks along the way. This is a serious challenge which could be attempted in a single go or equally walked over multiple days.

The route conveniently passes through several towns and villages which will enable you to stock up on supplies as you go around including; Bakewell, Eyam, Hope, Heatherdene car park (water and toilets), Crowden (water, toilets and campsite), Glossop, New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Buxton.

Please note on this round there is a long stretch between Ladybower and Crowden which crosses the exposed plateaux of Bleaklow approximately 23km, that you must be fully prepared for.

There’s an excellent write up from Chris Andrade who’s completed the round available to read here: https://run-ultra.com/news/wild-peak-round-120km-ultra-report/

Route highlights

Some of the places you can look forward to passing on the full Wild Peak round

Recommended route

As long as all 16 reserves are visited and you start / finish from the Inov8 Shop, Kings Street, Bakewell, you are free to choose your own route. We have provided a route below as an illustration to show how you might link them.

The waypoints

This is the list of the nature reserves which can be visited in any order, starting and finishing at the Inov8 store in Bakewell.

Important: Please note that the physical Wild Peak round way markers for the full round will not be in place until the end of March. If attempting the full round before this date please use the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust entrance reserve signs as the way points. Way markers are in place for all reserves that are part of the half round plus Lightwood.

Nature reservesGrid Ref.Description
Start/Finish – Inov8 BakewellSK21726 68460Inov8 Shop, Kings Street, Bakewell.
OverdaleSK18354 80616Just inside the reserve by a stone stile
Hadfields QuarrySK16166 82382Just inside the reserve entrance
Thornhill CarrsSK19715 84870Northern end of the reserve adjacent to Thornhill Trail
Ladybower WoodSK20570 86668Just inside the reserve entrance
Brockholes WoodSK07047 99748Just inside the reserve entrance
Long CloughSK 03149 92528By the reserve entrance
Broadhurst Edge WoodSJ99761 87415By the reserve gate off Pole Lane
Watford LodgeSK00565 86512Just inside the reserve entrance
Hillbridge and Park WoodSK 01086 78742South entrance next to footpath
LightwoodSK05430 74906Just inside the reserve entrance
CowdaleSK08209 72051Just inside the reserve entrance from Cowdale hamlet
Deep Dale and Topley PikeSK10455 72068Within the reserve at footpath crossings
Chee DaleSK12790 73468Within the reserve close to a footbridge over the river Wye
Miller’s DaleSK14324 73275Alongside the Monsal trail, outside the reserve entrance
Priestcliffe LeesSK15124 73020Up steps from the Monsal trail just inside reserve by existing panel
Cramside WoodSK16751 72707To the side of the footpath track

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