Mind Over Mountains : Dalehead Bunkhouse Weekend Event

by | Feb 17, 2020 | Events

The Urban Ranger Website is a promoting the Mind Over Mountains Charity in 2020.

I will personally be at this event to take advantage of this very unique experience of mountains, therapy and guest speakers. I am excited and looking forwards to meeting like-minded people. For people who are unwell and on benefits or a low income, there are limited spaces at a reduced cost, but you will need to book early to secure one of these places. 

Dalehead Bunkhouse, Peak District – April 2020

Join us for a unique residential weekend and disconnect from modern life in the Peak District National Park with hill-walking, NLP coaching, mindfulness, teamwork and inspirational talks with like-minded people to re-balance mental health; generate new focus, develop self-help skills, restore resilience and find agency over our lives.

WHEN: Friday 3rd April to Sunday 5th April 2020

WHERE: Dalehead Bunkhouse, Dalehead, Nr Barber Booth, Edale, Hope Valley S33 7ZJ

COST: £195 per person (£50 initial deposit). Bursary applications also available.


  • Two days of guided hill-walking with Mountain Leaders, and the opportunity to climb Kinder Scout – the highest point in the Peak District

  • Two night’s accommodation ‘off the beaten track’ at Dalehead Bunkhouse

  • All meals provided at Dalehead Bunkhouse (two dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts)

  • Evening talks from inspirational adventurers and mental health advocates

  • NLP life coaching, mindfulness and meditation skills

  • Joining a group of like-minded adventurers and trained professionals

  • Recharge and respite from the stresses of our hectic modern lives

  • Build confidence and whole-body resilience with physical, spiritual and mental challenges

  • A few (pleasant) surprises!


  • Personal clothing/equipment (kit lists will be provided)

  • Travel to and from the Edale Valley (we can help arrange car-sharing)


Please note that our itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather conditions and other factors throughout the event.

All activities are optional but are designed to stretch you within a supportive environment.

Unlike Skiddaw House, Dalehead Bunkhouse has access via a single, narrow track that will guide you to this rural hideaway, where you’ll be surrounded only by working farmland, grazing sheep and a tumbling stream at the bottom of the garden. You really will be staying ‘off the beaten track’ in this 20-sleeper rural bolthole with its isolated location, deep in the Edale Valley.

We’ll meet for tea and coffee at Dalehead Bunkhouse at 6pm on Friday where we’ll settle into our ‘base camp’ with a welcome brief and meet the team before a communal dinner with a chance to share our stories. Our catering facilities are limited but you can expect simple, hearty home-cooked food with plenty to fuel up for full days of adventure. After dinner we’ll have a coaching session and introduction to mindfulness to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.

On Saturday the early risers can take in the serenity with a morning mindfulness and meditation session outside before we set off to climb Kinder Scout, the highest point of Derbyshire at 636 metres. The walk will take us along the moorland plateau with impressive rock formations of the Dark Peak. Walk in the footsteps of history – where the 1932 ‘mass trespass’ took place and inspired the creation of UK National Parks.

It will give a perfect opportunity for ‘walk and talk’: one-to-one discussions, exploring visualisation and other Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques. In the shadow of the hills we’ll return to Dalehead Bunkhouse, stretch off and reflect on our day together with yoga, then tea and cake. An evening session with Chris, a trained NLP coach, will help us to look inwards, re-discover purpose and build inner resilience. After dinner we’ll unwind with an inspirational evening talk from Laurence Woodcock, a past Mind Over Mountains participant, who has always used running as a way of supporting his mental health. In 2018 Laurence ran and walked from home in Stoke on Trent to Hvar Island in Croatia. The aim was to go on a big adventure in the hope it might spur him on to grow up a little and also to help him process what had happened in Croatia in the summer of 2012, where it is believed he had a manic episode. Through the adventure he also raised over £3000 for a North Staffs mental health organization, the Maccas Project. In his talk Laurence will talk about what happened to him in 2012, how he gradually recovered from that experience and what he learned on the way to Croatia.

On Sunday, after morning yoga and breakfast, those with the energy can head for the popular summit of Mam Tor which offers one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District – or kick back and relax at base camp with more coaching, mindfulness and relaxation in the surroundings.

We’ll convene at Dalehead for reflection, ‘afternoon tea’ before making our farewells approx. 4pm and departing, refreshed, recharged and inspired!


There is limited space for approx. 8 cars at the bunkhouse. We recommend travelling by train to Edale, which has a good and regular service from Manchester and Sheffield. From Edale station it’s a 2-mile walk, and we will also arrange a pick-up service from Edale station too.

The nearest taxi service is Penny’s Cars, based in Bamford: 07917 710771. We expect our participants will be travelling from various regions and nearer the time we’ll do our best to set up lifts and taxi-sharing amongst the group too.


Our events are open to UK residents aged 18+ who are able to complete two days of hill-walking on mountain terrain with a rucksack at their own pace.

Our aim is to make the outdoors accessible to all and safety is our priority. We regularly review how we are able support those with severe physical or mental health conditions – if unsure, please contact us to discuss how we can meet your needs in the future.

The group will be limited to 16 places to ensure a fun and open environment where everyone is listened to.


We are offering a number of bursary places to those who otherwise may be unable to take part. Applications will be open to people who are unemployed, currently receiving statutory sick pay or income support, and students in full-time education (18+)

To enquire, please email help@mindovermountains.org.uk

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