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Happy Hiker Challenge Walk

34 km / 21 miles

The Happy Hiker Challenge Walk is a companion to John Merrill’s first ever-White Peak Challenge Walk, devised some 20 years ago. Starting from the village of Over Haddon, near Bakewell, the route of the Happy Hiker explores the quieter side of the White Peak, taking in the villages of Flagg, Earl Sterndale, Longnor and Pilsbury. It also involves over 2,000 ft of ascent so be prepared.


Path Type
Anytime Challenges
Anytime Challenges
Start and Finish
SK202665 - Car Park, Over Haddon, Derbys
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Happy Hiker (White Peak) Challenge Walk (John Merrill Foundation - 2002)
Badge & Certificate
John Merrill Challenge Walk Reference Book (John Merrill Foundation - 2013)


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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Pudding Cottage  (bookable online)
2 Km
< 1 Km
B & B Accommodation
Meadow Croft-Bakewell  (bookable online)
2 Km
< 1 Km
Peak Cottage  (bookable online)
2 Km
< 1 Km
Longstone Holiday Cottages  (bookable online)
3 Km
5 Km
Hostel Accommodation
5 Km
6 Km
Swallow Barn  (bookable online)
2 Km
9 Km
Stoop Farm Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
1 Km
14 Km
The Charles Cotton Hotel  (bookable online)
2 Km
22 Km

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Route Profile:

34.6 Km (21.5 miles)
805 m (2,641 ft) ascent
409 m (1,342 ft)  maximum height