Silver Challenge: 75km
The Silver Challenge can either be walked or run, and challengers can chose to start at either 9pm on Friday evening, or to run the challenge departing at 7.30am on Saturday morning.
If choosing to run the Silver Challenge by daytime, you’ll complete one lap of the Bronze course, followed by one lap of the Copper course. Daytime Silver Challengers will start at 7.30am on Saturday, with a 13 hour finishing target is of 8.30pm on Saturday 22 September 2018.
If choosing to take on the Silver Challenge overnight, you’ll follow the route below…
The Silver Overnight route:
Take on 75km (47 miles) with a 24 hour target and 2,235m of ascent, the Silver Challenge is shown with silver lines. Not to be underestimated, this route follows the easiest and flattest routes between 8 refreshment checkpoints, but still covers a huge mileage. During the overnight leg, you can chose to join a led group walking with a guide or navigate yourself. During the daytime, you’ll navigate yourself.
Departing the Hope valley at 9pm on the night of 21 September 2018, you trek east up on to the Dark Peak moors. You will cross Stanage edge, site of Robin Hood’s cave, and Foulstone Moor to reach Back Tor. Next it’s a descent to Ladybower Valley and an easy flat section around Ladybower reservoirs where the Dambusters trained for their bombing missions in WWII.
You will climb to the geological oddity of Alport Castle, before descending to the vale of Edale through forests, Woodlands valley and the route of the Roman road.
As dawn breaks you re-enter the western end of the Hope valley and head to beautiful Castleton, from where you will join the Limestone Way past Peveril Castle and enjoy the valley nature reserves at Hay Dale.
Joining the Bronze route on the second half of their challenge, you’ll leave the Limestone way and meander through idyllic White Peak villages and the Derbyshire Dales nature reserves on your way up to Middleton Moor. A tracked section through the Peak District’s working landscape brings you to pretty Baslow.
The route home follows the river Derwent north along the Derwent Valley heritage trail through rolling fields and alongside the chattering river to Padley and Grindleford. Your challenge is to finish by 9pm on Saturday 22 September 2018.