The Edinburgh Trial

In 1967 The Edinburgh was amalgamated with the MCC's annual Derbyshire trial. This solution which meant that most of the action took place in the Peak District taking in hills with emotive names like Bamford Clough and Litton Slack preceded by a comparatively short night section was a success from the start and is the style still adopted annually in the first weekend of October.

Edinburgh Trial 5th October 2019
The Edinburgh continues to develop and 2019 is no exception. The main trial will start at Tamworth in Staffordshire and follows a route North to the Peak District National Park and the area around Buxton. The main trial begins the challenge with night sections before a dawn arrival at our Hosts the Duke of York Pomeroy for breakfast and then another 100 miles taking in the areas finest views and toughest hills North South East and west of Buxton. Ties will be decided by special tests and some of this years are taken straight from a 1950’s route card. The trial returns to the finish at the Duke of York in the early afternoon having completed 185 miles in total.
There are three significant differences this year all designed to offer a challenge to competitors not able to consider the main trial:-
Class O To give this class for less suitable/ older machinery, older or novice members an opportunity to tackle sections in their best condition Class O will in 2019 run in front of the main trial not behind it. The sections will be considerably less rough than in previous years the route will also include some all tarmac sections and tests.
Class R, The Edinburgh will offer a 100% tarmac route for class R open to all road legal vehicles (except SUV's and Commercials). The 200 mile 12 hour challenge will mean keeping to a simple time schedule starting at midnight and finishing 12 hours later. Awards will be hard earned with hill restarts, passage controls and special tests enroute. Although occasionally using the same roads and crossing the path of the main trial over half of its mileage is unique to this class over a specially approved route by Motorsport UK. This route has the most spectacular views and visits areas and uses roads the club has never used before.
Derbyshire Class, Brand new for the Edinburgh trial, an option to do a daylight only class that starts and finishes at the same place. Starting after a leisurely breakfast at the Duke of York Pomeroy the Derbyshire this class will follow exactly the same route from there as the main trial/class O finishing back at the Duke of York about 4:00pm. This will offer a great value days trialling (reduced entry fee, reduced length, reduced travel due to using The Duke of York Pomeroy as the start and finish venue) and importantly the only opportunity other than the main trial to have a crack at iconic sections Corkscrew/Jenkins chapel and Litton Slack if your vehicle is eligible.
Camping and caravanning and over-night trailer / van parking are available at the Duke of York Pomeroy contact Bridget or Gary at

2014 Edinburgh Trial in an Austin 7 RTC

2014 Edinburgh Trial from a BMW 318iS