Band of Builders Great Cloud Walker Challenge

The Challenge


The Great Cloud Walker Challenge is a challenging adventure involving a hike, abseil and paddle through the peak district.

By paddle, by foot and by rope, conquer the Legend of the Green Knight

The Roaches, located in the south Peak District, a stone’s throw from Leek is an enigmatic, beguiling wonder, sculpted by the elements over thousands of years. It is equally dramatic in landscape and medieval legend. From water dwellings and jagged high ridge outcrops to ancient forest and holy Arthurian chasms, this is a place that warrants exploration.

The Green Knight challenged anyone who dared, to strike him with his own axe, on the condition that the challenger finds him in the Green Chapel to receive a blow in return. Sir Gawain (King Arthur’s nephew) rose up. The Green Knight’s head fell to the floor, and to everyone’s amazement, he picked it up and left the room.

Exactly one year and a day later Sir Gawain branded his axe, honouring his duty. The Green Knight struck with all his might, and left nothing but a scratch on the fair knight’s neck. Sir Gawain survived, as has the tale of the Green Knight and Chapel.

You’ll wander in the footsteps of Sir Gawain, come face to face with mermaids of the Doxey Pool, walk on clouds and become a legend in your own right.


What your day will entail


Rally Across Tittesworth – 2km Raft
Your day starts at the stunning Tittesworth Reservoir. Like King Arthur and his noble Knights of the Round Table, you’ll have to work together. You will need to build rafts for your first challenge; a thrilling race across the reservoir. Teamwork and a hefty paddle is your best chance to making it across in good time and great form. 


One Step in the Clouds – 25km hike
From the shallows of Tittesworth Reservoir, we’ll carry on by foot across the vast, rolling hills of the Peak District, where the Hen Clouds dominate the skyline. This is no easy endeavour, the only way forward is to head up.

Gain a great ridge line and walk amongst the jagged gritstone outcrops, sculpted with curious formations like the Bawdstone boulder, mythically known to have healing powers. Touch it for luck, or for the intrepid, scoot underneath to get the ‘devil off your back’. You may need it! Your next challenge is just ahead on the razor edge cliff tops and sheer drops of the Roaches.


A Daring Descent – 100ft Abseil
We’ll attempt to dodge the infamous Doxey Pools. Legend has it, if you stare into the icy shimmer of the pools for even just a moment, you’ll be pulled into it by fierce mermaids. The only way out is via an abseil of epic proportions.

You’ll rappel down a sheer cliff face, using only a rope to guide the way. This is a challenge fit for a knight of Arthurian calibre. Will you sidestep the mermaids’ wrath?


The Grand Finale – Journey into the Chapel of the Green Knight
The sacred land of the Roaches, leads into the Back Forest; home to ancient English woodland, a babbling brook and a harrowing tale of bravery.

Once you step into the woods, the wind dwindles, all becomes quiet and the only sound to be heard is the flow of Black Brook. It is enchanting. Hidden is a primordial chasm, a ravine, 50ft high, 200ft long carved into hillside. Moss and lichen cover the walls, a dim echo runs throughout, it is utterly magnificent in its natural grandeur. It is, The Green Chapel.

This is the end of our challenge, and just like Sir Gawain, we will walk away legends.


The Details

  • Date: Saturday, 21st September 2024
  • Starting Point: The challenge starts near The Roaches, close to Leek, Buxton, Manchester, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Chapel-en-le-Frith.
  • Distance: 2km raft, 25km walk, 100ft abseil
  • Registration Fee: £25 for sponsorship funded or £99 for self-funded 
  • Min. Fundraising Pledge: £250 for sponsorship funded or £100 for self-funded
  • Terrain: Mountainous | Rough 
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult

What’s included

  • Free challenge t-shirt & hoodie (once registered)
  • Full support, guidance and expertise throughout the challenge
  • All equipment for raft building and abseiling
  • Professional guide
  • Full public and product liability insurance
  • Detailed risk assessments for every activity
  • Fully qualified and experienced instructors
  • Adventurous Activities Association License (AALA License)
  • Finishers medal and bubbly



What's Next


Sign up to the challenge by heading to our shop to register here, where you have two options: 

A) Self-funded - £99 registration fee with a minimum fundraising commitment of £100.
B) Sponsorship funded - £25 registration fee with a minimum fundraising commitment of £250.


Clock up the miles with exercise such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, rowing.


Invite family and friends to support you on your mission and help you to raise vital funds for our cause. 

The Great Cloud Walker Challenge will be added to the charities GoFundMe as a Team Member where you can share and track your fundraising totals.



How do I sign up?
To participate in the Band of Builders Great Cloud Walker Challenge hikers will be required to register here.
Following registration you will be added to our Great Cloud Walker WhatsApp group where you will meet fellow challengers and receive event updates and important information.

When do I have to sign up by?
Registration will close on Thursday, 1st August 2024. Entries after this date will be required to email to check availability

Why is there a minimum £250 fundraising pledge?
As for any charity, organising these events costs money. The £25 registration fee doesn’t cover all the costs of putting on a supported hiking event of this scale, so we have to set a minimum fundraising pledge.
This ensures the costs of the event are covered so the money fundraised is spent on our vital services to support members of the UK construction industry.