Book now to walk on the wild side

This is an archived press release

Thursday 19 August 2004

19 August 2004

Book now to walk on the wild side

With just weeks to go before the new right to walk on open country comes into force, ramblers and amblers can sample the delights of walking in a dramatic open moorland landscape with knowledgeable guides and friendly advice on where to walk, how to be safe and respect the countryside.

Rangers from the Peak District National Park Authority are planning a Walk on the Wild Side event for Saturday 4 September to take place in and around Edale and the Kinder plateau - and booking is essential.

Sheila McHale, the Authority's Area Ranger based in Edale, said: "We've designed the event to suit all ages and abilities. There's something for everyone whether you want to come for a couple of hours or stay for the whole day.

"For families with youngsters there'll be a short walk to Grindsbrook meadows for fun activities such as river dipping and nature puzzles. For the more adventurous there'll be a choice of several longer and more strenuous walks including the steep ascent of The Nab onto Ringing Roger."

The event starts at 10.30am with everyone meeting at Fieldhead Information Centre, in Edale, and the last walk finishes at 5.30pm. All the activities and guided walks are free of charge.

Sheila explained: "The idea behind the event is to help people understand more about the special qualities of the area - its wildlife, its history and its present uses - so along the way walkers will meet an ecologist, an access campaigner, a local hill farmer and land managers."

Appropriate outdoor clothing and strong shoes or boots must be worn. The weather is changeable so waterproofs, warm clothes, sun hat and sun-cream could all be needed on the same day!

Sheila added: "Don't forget to bring your packed lunch and a drink. And if you want to stay in the area we can send you details of campsites and accommodation."

For accommodation details or to book on a guided walk, contact Ranger Sheila McHale on 01433 670216 after 2pm any day.

For public transport links: Bus Information 0870 608 2608 and Train Information 08457 48 49 50.

This is an archived press release

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