It looked like a picture perfect Sunday stroll - as almost 1,000 walkers stepped out against the backdrop of some of the region’s most spectacular scenery at the weekend.
And behind the determined smiles were hundreds of different stories of personal challenges. Many who showed up for the Peak District hike were raising money for causes close to their hearts, while many more were also battling debilitating health conditions or walking in memory of a lost loved one.
Walkers aged four to 78 set off from the picture postcard village of Hope, near Castleton, on Sunday for The Jane Tomlinson Peak District Walk, with three routes ranging from a modest five miles to a challenging 25 miles.
The walks were organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Walk For All – part of the legacy of the late Yorkshire-born fundraiser who made headlines around the world by taking part in a series of epic endurance feats, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Jane, who studied in Sheffield, raised over £1.85million through long-distance bike rides, marathons and triathlons.
Since her death the charity she founded has announced a new fundraising target of £5million.
Walk For All Event lead Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “The walk went really well and it was a great day.
“Everyone set off with huge smiles on their faces and, despite many walking a really tough 25 miles, they came back the same way too.”
Jane’s widower Mike Tomlinson said: “Events like this are really special and always have a great atmosphere. It’s been a really laid back day with some of the best scenery in the UK.”
Peak District walkers tackled three different courses on Sunday: the 25-mile Dambuster, the 14-mile Hope and Glory route and the five-mile Mini Trekker.
The scenic courses took walkers past spectacular sights including Ladybower Reservoir, the Edale Valley, Jacob’s Ladder, The Lord’s Seat and Mam Tor.
The event raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Hospitals Charity and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Entries are open for two Walk For All events this year – the Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival in August and the Lake District Walking Festival in September.
Visit www.forallevents.co.uk/walk-for-all for more.