Up early, and at the train station for the 9:14 am train to Edale, Decathlon Sheffield Sports Advisors; Dom Evans – product trainer for Quechua, Simmon and Wedze, Danny Foster – nutrition expert and Cláudia Braz-Nunes hit the Peak District for a day of hiking and product testing.
We set off from Edale and headed North towards Grinds Brook. A tough accent that takes over an hour to complete, but provides staggering views when you reach the top. Grinds brook is a waterfall that provides a great challenge to navigate, but is also a fantastic experience to both the novice and experienced hiker. A lot of rocks up the whole waterfall, mean you never actually end up in the water unless you fall in.
Dom had on the Forclaz Speed hiking boots, a top choice by product trainer, Dom. At only £69.99 and weighing only 970 grams per pair, it’s impossible not to cover ground quickly in these boots. For a full review check out the link (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/blog/hiking/footwear-for-hikers-in-a-hurry/)
After some high fives all around and taking some pictures at the top of Grinds Brook we set off bearing North West towards Kinder Downfall. The Peet Bogs were saturated with water, making it difficult to navigate. Keeping to a compass bearing is key to ensure you don’t get lost as you navigate the twists and turns of the Peat Bogs. There isn’t any paths for this section, but you can use the direction of the streams to help you keep to your bearing.
We enjoy taking a picture or two, so what better way to carry heavy camera and filming equipment with a lightweight bag? Danny opted to test out the Forclaz Speed 50L rucksack, making it easier to carry all the camera equipment. A seriously impressive bag that packs a lot of features for only £39.99. For a full review check out the link (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/blog/hiking/quechua-forclaz-50l-speed-backpack/).
We headed through the peet bogs, North West towards Kinder Downfall where we found the only remaining snow.
We reached Kinder Downfall and made camp for lunch, visibly was still reduced, but we could still see Kinder Reservoir from the top. It was a bit windy, but the rocks at the top of the waterfall provide good protection from the wind.
Danny was testing the Forclaz 500 walking trousers, claiming “ these are the best walking trousers I’ve ever used.” For a full review check out the link (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/blog/hiking/quechua-forclaz-500-walking-trousers/). Breathable, less than 400 grams, and provide full freedom of movement, thanks to BI-STRETCH fabric, at only £34.99, they’re amazing value for money.
Fuelled for the decent, we headed south along the Pennie Way, towards Red Brook. A picture of terrain means you have to vary your pace a lot, but the views are fantastic as you look out over Kinder Reservoir. We got to Edale Rocks which are a great place to get some pictures. It was still very windy, you can see how much fun we had at the top.
Less than a kilometre after stopping at Edale rocks, we headed south east, descending Jacobs Ladder. When we got to the bottom we stopped for a quick snack and some pictures.
The route is a fantastic experience for both the novice and experienced hiker. It provides a great balance between terrains, views and obstacles to make it an exciting and truly enjoyable route. A highly recommended route for anytime of the year, but caution should be taken when heading through the Peat lands as you head North West up to kinder. Experience following compass bearing is vital to ensure you don’t go past Kinder Waterfall, especially when there is poor visibility.
Total Distance: 15.3 km
Average Pace 3.3 kph
Walking: 4hrs 41 minutes
Route Difficulty 3/5
Navigational Experience 4/5
Obstacles: village roads at the beginning and end, gates, some rocks require you to scramble over.
Interested in any of the gear we tested? Why not drop into your nearest Decathlon store for expert advice and the latest apparel and equipment for your next adventure.
(Notes on the Author – Danny Foster is an avid runner and nutrition expert currently studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University. He works in our Sheffield Decathlon branch and currently works as an expert Sports Adviser; ensuring each running/nutrition customer leaves the store kitted out with everything they need for their next race. Danny is also an expert in injury prevention, functional movement corrective exercises and biomechanical analysis. Drop in to our Sheffield store to speak with Danny for nutrition, training and product advice.