Gorge Walking & Bog Trotting
in the Peak District National Park.
- We're often
is Gorge walking ?"
- and "What is exactly
is Bog Trotting ?"
- Quite simply,
as far as we are concerned here
- at Peak Activities,
Gorge Walking simply involves
& adults enjoying led-walks through
- some spectacular
local gorges scrambling over
- rocks and
crossing streams and rivers - and
- having loads
of fun whilst usually getting quite
- wet &
soggy ! Bring along some spare clothes !
- As there
are no Grand Canyons or deep Alpine
- ravines in
our National Park, we are are very
- keen to make
sure there are no misrepresenations !
- Gorge walking
with Peak Activities in the Peak Park
- does not
involve wearing wet suits and safety
for example. We run led-walks, scrambles
- and adventurous
treks and Nordic
- in and out
of gorges through the year.
- In the UK
centres need to be licensed by the AALA to run gorge walking
for under 18's from schools or scout troops etc. Our centre in
- Rock Lea is fully licensed for gorge walking.
- IS GORGE
WALKING EXTREME ?
not really compared to other things we do..."
- Over at our
base in the Alps and the up in the Scottish Highlands "Gorge
Walking" and the sport of Canyoning
- are more
specatular activities involving donning wet suits and safety
helmets and jumping and abseiling down huge waterfalls into pools
of ice cold mountain water....but that doesn't happen overground
in the Peak
National Park because the landscape here is a little more tame
we don't have massive rapids for white water rafting ....sorry,
but you'll have to come over to the Alps with us to Tyrol to
enjoy those activities with us !
- TOP TIP !
- If getting
wet and splashing in pools and abseiling into
- tight ravines
is what you're looking for, why not go to
- our caving and potholing
- a session with us deep
has everything that canyoning can offer and then some ! Caving
can be every bit as extreme as the gorge walks we do over in
the Alps..but darker & more remote too ! The views are different
- A bit darker
than your average
- gorge walk,
abseiling into a
- pothole is
a real adventure
- few people
have ever done !
- We run beginners weekends
- caving and potholing and
- experiences open
to the public every
- month all year round.
- Click for dates
- We offer a huge range of sports activities.
seen on television.
- Peak Activities are
happy to tailor caving and potholing events
- for private group and
include caving-related training exercises
- in the leadership and management
- courses run by Peak
Activities' chartered training consultants.
private groups we can also set up rope crossings
evacuation exercises and lots of
pioneering projects in a gorge on
estate we use for management training.
of our popular training exercises
private parties based in a gorge on a
estate is our Tyrolean Traverse.
- The Peak District contains some of the
- and most
remote upland moorlands in England.
- The views
up there on the heather and bleaberry
- covered peat
moors are out of this world & they
- include "moonscape"
wind-eroded rock features
- you'll never
see anywhere else. Trekking up here
- with our
walking guides and Nordic
- is very popular.
- All year
round people who enjoy this experience
- say the views
from the high plateaus
are breathtaking. Our base in Hathersage is ideally
close to these moorland wonderlands
- and we can
use our fleet of minibuses to get you
- high up on
the local "Dark Peak" hills quickly and
- easily. The
start of the famous "Pennine Way"
by Wainwright is at nearby Edale - and
- all who have
completed this 270 mile walk along
- the spine
of England agree the toughest stretches
- of upland
walking are the first two days tramping
over the trackless
and hard to navigate vast
tracts of Kinder
Scout, Bleaklow & Black Hill.
- What exactly
is Bog trotting ?
- The unusual
experience of walking over the very
- highest tops
of the local wilderness peat plateaus
- Kinder Scout
and Bleaklow is a great joy. "Walking"
- on these
high and wild parts of the Pennines however,
- is a misnomer in all but the driest spells. Some parts
- of the mosses
and heaths have the consistency of wet porridge ! Much of the
time the heavily dissected peat blanket
bog is quite moist & interesting underfoot
- Bog trotting
is our affectionate
term for enjoyable
- treks crossing
this area on foot (or your hands and knees !) and exploring this
unique upland landscape, where nimble footwork keeps you out of the
soggy bits !
- The edges
of the local high plateaus are steep and freely drained but the
vast expanses of moorland which form the flat table tops of these
Dark Peak mountains are often quite wet and hard work to trek
across. In winter when the ground is frozen solid it's a wonderful
place of solitude with just the
- noise of
the cracking ice underfoot and the lonely calls of
- Red Grouse
and Kestrels and solitary sheep all around
- you. If you're
lucky you may see a Blue Mountain Hare
across the snow covered ground in her white winter coat. Whether you're
a keen walker,
geologist or photographer you'll love the rare experience of just being high
photographs, leave only footprints...
- Not a place
for the geographically challenged at any
- time of the
year, the high windy plateaus of Kinder
- Scout and
Bleaklow and Black Hill are just a short drive
- from Rock Lea along the A57 Snake
Pass route or via
- the Edale
- This is great
landscape in which to test your map & compass or GPS skills under
the watchful aegis of
- our expert, government
licensed instructors. You need
- to be quite fit to enjoy activities up here, but those
- do opt to traverse the plateau on foot often say it was
- one of the
unexpected highlights of their stay
- We suggest
fit clients should consider including a trip
- up here to
the experience the remote moonscape of the
- high plateaus
to complete their exploration & discovery
- and experience
of the Peak District National Park.
- In the UK
centres need to be licensed by the AALA to run high level
- walking and
trekking sessions for under 18's from schools or scout
- troops etc.
up on these wild, potentially hazardous moorlands.
- Our centre
in Hathersage - Rock Lea is fully licensed for such
- walking both in winter and in
from all parts of the UK is very easy.
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LED WALKING WITH
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OF OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY ROCK LEA
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