This is an archived press release
Tuesday 30 November 2004
30 November 2004
Brian's blessing for Peak District Visitor Guide
The hills are alive with the sound of actor Brian Blessed singing the praises of the Peak District in its newly-released 2005 Visitor Guide.
For the booming-voiced adventurer is so smitten by the attractions of the area that he has written a glowing introduction to the guide - which goes out to visitors all over the UK and overseas.
Born in nearby Mexborough, South Yorkshire, Brian got to know the Peak District as a boy, sparking a lifelong love of climbing which has taken him up Mount Everest three times.
Now president of the Council for National Parks, he likes nothing better than to pull on his hiking boots to stride the summits of the Peak District.
"The Peak District, for me, is one of the glories of the earth, and this guide is essential to help you find everything you need," said Brian, whose next film appearance is in the forthcoming blockbuster, Alexander the Great.
"Not only does it give details about the tremendous walking, climbing and caverns to explore, but places to stay, things to do and the wonderful pubs that serve local beers. There are glorious stately homes, unique festivals and sumptuous food and drink.
"If people aren't tempted to come - not just for a day-trip but for a week or more - I'll eat my boots."
The free Visitor Guide is produced by Visit Peak District, the umbrella organisation for High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, Staffordshire Moorlands tourism bodies and the Peak District National Park Authority.
This year some 160,000 Visitor Guides have been distributed - thanks partly to the success of the www.visitpeakdistrict.com website, where people can request a brochure on-line.
Alternatively they can be found at any Tourist Information Centre or by telephoning 0870-241-3513.