Another classic Peak District route, the 21-mile Edale Skyline. The route offers great views all the way around, almost constantly staying on the higher ground around the valley of Edale. You can easily split the route into two 15-mile loops by coming down / going up to Hollin’s Cross on the ridge between Lose Hill and Mam Tor, if you are looking for a shorter run or day walk.
Distance: 34 km / 21 miles (or 2 routes of 24 km / 15 miles)
Ascent: 1190 m / 3900 ft
Bog level: Medium (low on first half, high on second half)
Good for: stunning views, full day out, accessible by train
Note: the Edale skyline race route changed for 2017; this is the original route.
To me, the Edale Skyline feels like it is a route with two sides to it; you have the lovely first section with very runnable paths and most of the uphills. Then, after Mam Tor, you get onto the exposed moorland – the terrain gets rougher and feels more deserted.
I found that there is not much water along the route, so make sure you take enough to get all the way around. That said, there is one pub along the route, between Winhill and Lose Hill (marked on map). If you would like to only do the first or second half of the skyline, you can easily drop down into Edale at Hollin’s cross (also marked on map).