All walkers are briefed before the walk not to walk alone.
Walkers under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian to walk, and an emergency contact number must be given on the young person's registration form.
Walkers under 14 are only permitted to walk in the care of a responsible adult. The adult must be named on the young person's registration form.
If a young person is injured during the walk then the responsible adult must remain with the young person until appropriate help arrives or is provided.
If the young person is between 14 and 17 then a friend or responsible adult must stay with the injured walker until appropriate help arrives or is provided. If at this point the friend wishes to continue the walk, they should not continue alone.
The organisers of the Sheffield Night Hike reserve the right to cancel the walk because of inclement weather or for other reasons.
While they take all reasonable precautions for the safety and welfare of participants, including insurance cover, they accept as walkers only those who agree to come in their private capacity and entirely at their own risk and who comply with the following conditions:
- Obey the marshalls in all matters.
- To walk between the official 'First Walker' and 'Last Walker'. (This is not a run.)
- Do not collect any money during the Hike.
Follow the Countryside Code:
- Leave no litter.
- Follow the paths.
- Keep dogs under effective control, on a lead and clean up after them.
Check in at St. Luke's Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield from 8:00pm, to start at 8:30pm.
The church is at the junction of Blackbrook Road and Blackbrook Drive. Car parking is available near the church. If you do park, please be careful not to obstruct local residents.
Starts and finishes as St. Luke's Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield. The route passes through the Mayfield Valley to the Round House at Ringinglow, and over Houndkirk to Fox House. The route then goes through Longshaw down Padley Gorge to Grindleford, and then follows the River Derwent to Hathersage.
Everyone must check-in at the Hathersage Methodist Church Hall, where there are refreshments and toilets. This is the end of the 9 mile walk and transport will be provided back to St. Luke's Church, Lodge Moor.
For those continuing on the 17 mile walk, this leaves Hathersage towards Brookfield Manor and Dennis Knoll, from where it climbs up to Stanage Edge, passes Redmires Reservoir and back to St. Luke's Church, Lodge Moor.
Click here to view or download maps and walk guides.
You will be walking to raise funds for Christian Aid.
All walkers must be registered.
All walkers must check-in and check-out according to the route they are walking.
- 9 mile : check-in at the start at St. Lukes Church, and check-in at Hathersage Methodist Church Hall.
- 17 mile : in addition to the above, to check-out of Hathersage Methodist Church Hall, and check-in at the finish at St. Lukes Church.
We need to know who is walking at all times. This is for your safety. We need you to check-in and check-out appropriately for your route. If you don't check-in when you finish (at Hathersage for 9 miles, and at St. Lukes for 17 miles) we will call the Police and Mountain Rescue to come and look for you. If you are walking 17 miles and don't check-out at Hathersage then we don't know you are missing.
Your sponsor sheet
Please try to get as many sponsors as possible. If you need another sheet call the contact numbers on your existing sponsor sheet. Your sponsors can either sponsor you for an amount per mile walked, or by a lump sum. Before you check-in on the day, add up your sponsorship money as indicated on the sheet. Please remember to bring your sponsor sheet(s) with you for when you check-in on the day.
Please encourage your sponsors to fill in full details and to tick the GIFT AID box.
What to wear
Comfortable boots or walking shoes, as it can be muddy. Bring waterproofs and warm clothing. Be prepared for the weather, which can change during the walk.
What to bring
- A good torch with spare batteries (not just glow sticks, see 2008 History)
- Your sponsor sheet
- Spare clothing
- Food to eat & drink
- A print out of the walk guide (if possible)
Refreshments, including hot and cold drinks will be available at the start and finish centre. Cold drinks will also be available at the check points.
And bacon sandwiches will be available at the halfway point at Hathersage Methodist Church.
Toilet facilities will be available at the start and finish centre (St. Luke's Church), and halfway at the Hathersage Methodist Church Hall check point.
Provided on route and at the checkpoints.
There will be transport back to the start from the checkpoints for those unable to complete the route.
Walkers who reach the halfway point at Hathersage Methodist Church after midnight are considered to be walking too slowly and will not be allowed to continue. Transport will be provided back to the finish centre at St. Luke's Church.
Radio cover facilitates the organisation of appropriate assistance for any emergency arising en route.
Before the walk
Please can you download and print the Christian Aid sponsor form, from the 'Downloads' section below.
Fill in your details like in the example below, and write the name of the event "Sheffield Night Hike" at the top.
For your "Reference no" please write your Sheffield Night Hike sponsorship number, for example "SNH 1234". This number will be sent to you by email/post after your register.
After the walk
Collect your sponsor form when you check-in at the end of the walk.
When you have collected your sponsor money, please send your sponsor form with a cheque or postal order to the value of your total sponsorship, payable to "Sheffield Christian Aid Walks Committee", to the return address to the right;
Christian Aid - the Christian Aid sponsor form.
Directions - the map and route description of the Night Hike
Walkers Guide - the walkers guide (the information on this page)
Sheffield May Day Trek The 'Sheffield May Day Trek' is a similar sponsored walk to raise money for Christian Aid and CAFOD. It is a family friendly 5 mile walk, during the day on the May Bank Holiday Monday.