Peak District Challenge
On March 23rd as the sun broke through the clouds next to Kinder Scout in the Peak District you may have come across 8 blokes of a certain age who should have known better. This was the first pilot trial for the Fifty50 Challenge. We set off from the village of Hayfield with the aim of getting out into the wilds and exploring the countryside, walking and talking shoulder to shoulder with someone new.
The route took us in the steps of the Manchester factory workers who organised the Mass Trespass of the landowners private estates. This led to the opening up of free public access across the Peak District and beyond.
By the end of a 6 mile/10 km hike we had climbed steep hills, forded streams (with a couple of close shaves nearly falling in) and completed a circuit of the spectacular Kinder Reservoir. Back at our starting point of the Sportsman Inn we tucked into a pub lunch and remarked how if you keep pushing yourself, the rewards are memorable. We had feedback on the hike and the Fifty50 programme. Everyone agreed that the benefits of meeting new people like you mixed with an outdoors challenge had given them a positive experience.