The Four Dales Challenge

The Four Dales Challenge

  • When Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June 2018
  • Where Peak District
  • Type Walks and Treks
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About the walk

Following the success of last year’s events, we have put together a brand new Peak District challenge for 2018. The Peak District is the oldest and arguably most beautiful of England’s national parks, and our challenge will be based in its wonderful southern area. Over two days we will twist our way along the little known but wonderfully tranquil and picturesque Manifold Dale, and the length of the legendary Dove Dale, taking in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Peak District.

The WalkWise team have been creating bespoke events for Breast Cancer Now supporters of all abilities for many years. As their walks are exclusive to our cause, you’ll be in fantastic company, with a maximum of 50 walkers on each trek all sharing the same goal.

Join Team Now

When you join Team Now, you’ll not only get your very own Breast Cancer Now technical T-shirt, but also access to our exclusive online Training Zone, plus the excellent support of our experienced Challenge Events team and a fundraising pack with everything you’ll need to raise money.

The minimum fundraising pledge to Breast Cancer Now is £250 per person and the Challenge Events team will be on hand to support you through your fundraising and training efforts every step of the way.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this event.

For more details about the challenge and route download our event brochure (PDF)

Download brochure (PDF)

The route

Day One: Saturday

Manifold Dale

The route starts in the lovely village of Thorpe and takes us down to the River Dove. We follow the river’s path, cutting through meadows and the stunningly picturesque village of Ilam with its grand manor house and church. We then cross the River Manifold and climb Old Park Hill, which has gorgeous views across the Hamps Dale.

The path now leads back down to the riverside and follows the river up to Wetton Mill. Ahead lies Sugar Loaf hill and our second ascent of the day. The route ends in the beautiful village of Hartington, which has country cafes and traditional inns to rest and relax in after a challenging day.

Distance: 12.5 miles, with 320m (1100 ft) of ascent.

Day Two: Sunday

Wolfcote Dale, Mill Dale and Dove Dale

The challenge picks up where the route ended on Day One, and continues with a gradual warm-up, crossing over easy farmland, then dropping into the stunning Wolfcote Dale.

This limestone valley begins as a gentle hollow in the fields but soon sharpens, eventually forming towering cliffs above. The route then emerges in Alstonefield, where we’ll find a lovely country inn for a quick stop. Then the route goes through Mill Dale and on to the famous Dove Dale – a dale of unrivalled scenic beauty.

Every step along the River Dove reveals spectacular limestone features, including Tissington Spires, Ilam Rock and Raven's Tor. We will then walk back to Thorpe Cloud, where it's just a short stroll back to the hotel.

Distance: 9 miles, with 140m (450 ft) of ascent

What do our 2017 Team Now members say?

What a fantastic weekend. Great company, expert organisation, the chance to experience a beautiful part of the country, the incentive to get a bit fitter, but most of all a real sense of achievement and feeling that I have managed to 'give something back' to others who are fighting breast cancer. I would recommend signing up to a challenge to anyone thinking of it – you won't regret it.

Sue, Walkwise participant

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Location, venue and travel

The starting venue

Peak District

Day one: Manifold Dale

Day two: Wolfcote Dale, Mill Dale and Dove Dale

Got any questions?

We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

Call our Challenge Events team on 0207 025 2483 or email You can also enquire about an event by completing our online form.