Peak District Ethels Walks
Are you looking for Peak District Ethels walks? If you are hoping to take on this epic walking challenge in 2023, this blog post will help you complete the challenge in 39 walks (or less, because I’m planning to re-walk some of them and combine some Ethels where I can).
So what are the 95 Ethels in the Peak District? Where are the Ethels in the Peak District? Well. The Peak District Ethels Challenge was created by CPRE and the Ethels themselves are a collection of 95 hills, with most of them being over 400m above sea level and significant prominent lower hills. The challenge is named after Ethel Haythornthwaite, the environmental campaigner and pioneer behind the countryside movement which led to the formation of the Peak District in 1951. Without her, there would be no National Park today.
The Ethels Challenge takes in the 6 county tops that are within the Peak District, 4 hills with summits over 600m, 27 hills over 500m, 37 hills over 400m and 27 other prominent hills. The challenge covers the whole of the Peak District, exploring the wild and desolate Dark Peak areas of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill to the farmland and beautiful countryside of the White Peak with hills such as Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill to be climbed.
You can download the Ethel Ready app for Android or iPhone. The app is great as it shows you information about each Ethel and whether there is a trig point there too or not (if you’re bagging the Peak District Trig Points like us, this is so helpful!).
Some of the Ethel summits are on private land, so you can’t go to the summit without permission from the landowner. You can opt for a “close enough is good enough approach” and tick them off your list though.
I kept a record of our walks on this List of Peak District Ethels blog post.
Here is a list of Peak District Ethels walks which will help you to complete the challenge in 39 walks (or less). Some of the walks are significantly longer than others, so you may want to break those up into smaller walks if you don’t fancy the distance. We got a bit carried away with our free Fridays and used some of them as training for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
If you do one of these walks a week, you’ll have the Peak District Ethels Challenge completed in a year!
You can reduce the number of walks further by combining some of the walks,
such as Dead Edge End, Britland Edge Hill and Snailsden, or Mill Hill and Featherbed Top, taking the number down to 39 walks. I’m hoping to do these soon so will update the blog post when I have done with the new routes.
I’d love to know how you get on! Get in touch via the comments 🙂