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Friday 7 May 2004

7 May 2004


Families should beat a path to the Goyt Valley on June 2.

Peak District National Park Rangers are holding a free Family Day when children and adults can enjoy a beast-hunt, a Victorian re-construction, a blindfold walk and countryside navigation.

Some 40 voluntary Rangers will give up their free time to make the day as big a success as last year, when 210 people turned up.

Families are welcome to arrive any time between 11am and 1.30pm. They will be given a map of the two-mile circuit which they can follow at their own pace, enjoying the activities along the way.

Highlights include a stop at the ruins of Errwood Hall, home of the Grimshaws for 100 years. Here they will find volunteers dressed as a Victorian Mr and Mrs Grimshaw and their servants, who will explain about their lives.

Children should also enjoy a beast-hunt looking for tiny creatures in rotten logs while adults can find out what they are. A blindfold walk should also help expand the imagination, using your senses of touch, hearing and smell on a safe roped trail.

Senior Ranger Jenny Waller said: "Everyone who spoke to us last year said how much they'd enjoyed it, so we're hoping for as a big a success this year."

The starting point is the information board at Errwood Reservoir - there will be signposts off the A5004 Buxton-Whaley Bridge road at Long Hill. Unfortunately the trail is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, but families should bring suitable clothing and footwear and a picnic - all activities will close at 4pm.

Although the activities are free, donations will be welcome to the British Heart Foundation's £90,000 target to provide defibrillators for the Rangers who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.

The event is jointly organised by the Peak District National Park and Forestry Commission with help from United Utilities.

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