The Dark Peak 15 Trigs The Peak
Part of Dark Peak folklore for well over a quarter of a century, and with access restrictions lifted, this little gem has finally emerged from the swirling mists of time ready to tease and torment a new generation of fell runners! At some 55 miles with 8,500 feet of ascent it is a round linking 15 trig points on the Harvey Dark Peak Map. It was conceived by Andy Harmer of Dark Peak Fell Runners and first completed by the trio of Peter Jones, Bob Segrove and Alan Yates in 1985 as a prequel to the club's tenth birthday celebrations. There is a time limit of 15 hours thus allowing one hour per trig. Use of the road between Emlin Moor and Back Tor is strictly forbidden, otherwise, it is intended to be an informal outing without road or fell support although pubs and shops may be used. So as not to incommode their brethren on the other side of the Pennines (as DPFR have put it!) it can be started from the Royal Hotel in Hayfield (GR 037 870) as well as The Sportsman at Lodge Moor. It may be completed in either direction.
Those not sated by its subtle charms can combine it with a further 11 trig points from the southern, White Peak, section of the map to create a round of 26 trigs: a worthy 24-hour challenge first completed by Pete Simpson in 1991 (see below).
Click on the icon to view/print a (pdf) 15 hour schedule that includes summit names, grid references and heights. Use in conjunction with the Harvey Dark Peak Map or OS Explorer map OL 1 - The Peak District: Dark Peak area
This is a semi-formal challenge subject to a 15 hour time limit and the rules outlined above although no register is kept. Repeat runs can be reported to Alan Yates - see below.
Finishers are invited to share their experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!
Links and Further Information
Enquiries and reports - repeat rounds and records - email:
Tom Saville's 15 Trigs (2019) - Tom's account of his record run.
The 26/27 Trigs - schedule and report of Pete Simpson's winter round in 1991
Simon Bourne's 15 Trigs Record (2009) - Simon's account and schedule
Ten Years of DPFR (1976-1986) - a rare and ancient manuscript recording early pilgrimages round the 15 trigs.
Over the hill... and far away - a treble at 60! ,Tony Wimbush (The Fellrunner, Autumn 2010) - an article which includes a brief account of a solo run on the Dark Peak 15 Trigs.
27 Trigs - grid references/OS names - Rob Woodall's list
Standard for Dark Peak - Stuart Walker's account of his 2016 completion of the Dark and White Peak Trigs
James Lowe Peak District Round - Stuart Walker's account of a new 24 hour challenge linking 25 trigs including the 15 original Dark Peak trigs. Totals some 150 km and 4200m of ascent.
Dark Peak Trigs Records: Andy Harmer (DPFR) held the record from 1987 to 2009 with a time of 10.04. This was lowered by Simon Bourne (CVFR) to 9-58 in 2009. before Stuart Walker reclaimed the record for DPFR with 9-57 in November 2013.
In April 2019 the record was dramatically reduced to 8-52 by Tom Saville.
Dark & White Peak Trigs Records: Pete Simpson in 23-49 (1991), Stuart Walker in 23-40 (2016)
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