National Parks Week 2018 will run from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 29th July where we will celebrate all fifteen UK National Parks.
This year we’re celebrating the wide range of accessible opportunities in the Peak District. Come and join us at one of the locations below to see how you can experience the area for yourself...
Access Open Days (Monday 16 July)
Try out our wide range of all-access bikes and mobility vehicles at Parsley Hay Cycle Hire* (SK17 0DG, 10am to 3pm) set on this popular White Peak trail, and discover our accessible camping pod, set in stunning native woodland at North Lees Campsite (S32 1DY, 2pm to 4pm).
*Mobiloo available at Parsley Hay for this open day
The Access Open Days will be supported by Accessible Derbyshire and members of their team, on hand with additional advice on how to make the most of the Peak District National Park.
Peak Cavern Entrance Tours (Thursday 19 July)
The mobile changing place will be next to Castleton Visitor Centre to celebrate World Changing Place Day. Join us for special mobility-friendly tours of Peak Cavern accessed by one of our Miles without Stiles routes. Meet at Castleton Visitor Centre at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Cost £5 per person. (S33 8WN)
Roll and Stroll (Monday 23 July)
Join us for wheelchair-friendly, 1.5 hour walks from Parsley Hay Cycle Hire in the beautiful White Peak (SK17 0DG, 11am to 1pm).
Explore the Broken Road (Tuesday 24 July)
One-mile, slow-paced walk exploring the landscape and geology of the ‘broken road’ below Mam Tor, with striking views across the Hope Valley. Suitable for mobility scooters and buggies. Meet at turning circle along from Treak Cliff Cavern. Cost £4 per adult. Book online. (S33 8WP, 1.30pm to 3.30pm)
Peak Cavern Entrance Tours (Tuesday 24 July)
Explore the UK’s largest cavern entrance with mobility-friendly tours accessed by our new Miles without Stiles route. Meet at Castleton Visitor Centre at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Cost £5 per person. (S33 8WN)
Discover Derwent Dam (Thursday 26 July)
Learn all about the dam in this two-hour “access for all” event, at the home of the Dambusters and the ‘lost villages’. The two-mile route is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Discounted mobility scooter hire at Fairholmes. Meet at Fairholmes Visitor Centre. Cost £4 per adult. Book online. (S33 0AQ, 10.30am to 12.30pm)
Wheelyboat Trips (Thursday 26 July)
Taster trips over Ladybower Reservoir on the unique accessible Wheelyboat, with great views back towards the Upper Derwent Valley, iconic bridge and the surrounding moorland. Book at Ladybower Fisheries. (S33 0AZ, 2pm to 4.30pm).
Family Discovery Walk (Saturday 28 July)
Easy stroll, with family activities, along the Tissington Trail to the delightful Ruby Wood. This Miles without Stiles route is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Meet at Hartington signal box. Cost £4 per adult. Book online. Discounted cycle hire (including accessible bikes). (SK17 0AZ, 12 noon to 3pm)
Access Guides to help you plan your visit...
- Ashbourne Cycle Hire Centre - Access Guide (5MB)
- Bakewell Visitor Centre - Access Guide (3MB)
- Castleton Visitor Centre - Access Guide (5MB)
- Edale Visitor Centre - Access Guide (2.5MB)
- Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre - Access Guide (5MB)
- Upper Derwent Visitor and Cycle Hire Centre - Access Guide (3MB)
Ranger Guided Walks
Walk with one of our National Park Rangers, just follow the link to book your place online...
- Goyt Valley Ramble (Sunday 22nd July)
- Walking With Mindfulness - Relaxation by the River (Sunday 22nd July)
- Wallabies and Green Knights (Saturday 28th July)
- Bleaklow via Quarry Road (Sunday 29th July)
- Waymarkers of the Eastern Moors (Sunday 29th July)
- Earth Explorers Wanted! (Tuesday 31st July)
Come and Meet Our Archaeologists
Delve into the past with these FREE drop-in events...
- Archaeology Special 1 (Thursday 26th July) Castleton Visitor Centre
- Archaeology Special 2 (Sunday 29th July) Castleton Visitor Centre
Celebrate the John Muir Award's 21st birthday
Friday 27 July and Saturday 28 July - A short, family walk with lots of missions to undertake along the way, to explore the Peak District National Park and celebrate John Muir Award’s 21st birthday. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore the geology, landscape and wildlife along the way. FREE event, no need to book - just turn up on the day.
Whatever you choose we hope you’ll join in the nation’s annual celebration of Britain’s National Parks and enjoy everything that is unique and wonderful about our amazing wilder spaces.