High Peak Trail Hike

Saturday 6 October 2018

High Peak Trail Hike

The High Peak Trail Hike returns for its second year! Choose between a 3 or 17 mile route on this stunning charity challenge to combat loneliness for older people.

Head for the hills to take on a hike through Derbyshire’s finest countryside this October. The Peak District is home to stunning scenery and more than lives up to its reputation as one of Britain’s most inspiring National Parks.


The High Peak Trail Hike promises to be a fantastic day - perfect for families, friends, individuals and colleagues. Both routes follow a linear trail with transport provided to the starting line, allowing for you to take in the picturesque views as make your way to the finish.


What's included

• Free car parking and transport to the starting line provided

• Best For Ages t-shirt and medal

• Fully supported hike, safety briefing and first aid provision

• Sponsorship form and fundraising pack bursting with inspirational ideas and fundraising tips

• Support from our dedicated events team to help you reach your fundraising target


Carl Jones' 2017 High Peak Trail Hike video diary


To learn more about how your sponsorship will help to change lives and connect our older generation in communities that care, please visit our Your Impact page




The High Peak Trail, situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire.


Event registration is at Matlock Rugby Club, Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ

Event Essentials

General Information Date of event: Saturday, October 6, 2018 Contact number: 01332 221641 Course detail:
The High Peak Trail Hike follows the scenic High Peak Trail through the heart of Derbyshire.

Your entry

Registration fee:

3 mile High Peak Trail Hike

Adults: £10
Under 18's: £5

17 mile High Peak Trail Hike

Adults: £15
14 - 17 years of age: £10


Minimum sponsorship:

We ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £50 for MHA, essential funds that will help to improve the lives of older people facing loneliness and isolation.


Please ensure that you have read and understand the terms and conditions for the event

Event registration

Online registration for the High Peak Trail Hike closes at 3pm on Thursday 4 October 2018.


Register online today. Alternatively email events@mha.org.uk or call 01332 221641 to find out more.


Got a question? Take a look at our frequently asked questions (FAQ's) below:

Event FAQ's

Registration FAQ's

Fundraising FAQ's

Recommended kit list



3 mile hike: Ideal for families and beginners! We will meet in the village of Cromford before transporting you to the starting line at Middleton Top. Your route will follow the High Peak Trail, then heads downhill to Black Rocks, which affords a spectacular view of the Derwent valley around Matlock. The trail then follows the Cromford Canal, teeming with wildlife, and takes you through part of the Derwent Mills World Heritage site before you reach the finish line at Cromford Meadows.


17 mile hike: We will meet in the picturesque village of Cromford where you will be transported to the starting line at Hurdlow. You will then head out on your hike, following the High Peak Trail through the rolling limestone countryside and the wonderful scenery of the Peak District National Park until you reach the finish line back at Cromford Meadows. We'll be at the finish line ready to cheer you in and celebrate your success, including receiving your Best For Ages medal!


Check out why Caroline Bruno, one of our 2017 hikers, challenged herself to take on the 17-mile High Peak Trail Hike to stamp out loneliness in later life - one step at a time. Read Caroline's Story >>

How your money helps

By fundraising for Best For Ages, you are helping to connect older people in communities that care. Every penny of your donation will go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes. To learn more about our life-enhancing work, please visit the Your Impact page.



£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.


£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.


£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Gift Aid

If you're a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donations, making them worth 25% more to us, at no extra cost to you.


We can claim back the tax you have paid on your donation (25p for every £1 you donate) through Gift Aid.


This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.


If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 50%) this works out as 37.5p for every £1 you donate.

Matched Funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.


Fundraising Online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.


A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!

spread the word

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips...


Share updates and images on Twitter and Facebook @BestForAges. Tag your posts with #BestForAges


Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. Need help? Get in touch with our Press Team. Email press@mha.org.uk


Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team by emailing events@mha.org.uk or calling 01332 221641.


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