Family fun day at the Goyt Valley

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Wednesday 4 August 2004

4 August 2004

Family fun day at the Goyt Valley

Families looking for a fun day out in the school holidays should hit the trail to the beautiful Goyt Valley.

For Peak District National Park rangers are holding a free Family Fun Day on Wednesday September 1, when children and adults can enjoy such excitements as a mini-beast hunt, a Victorian re-enactment, a blindfold walk and countryside navigation.

Around 40 voluntary rangers will be on hand to make the day as big as success as the last one in the June half-term holiday, when more than 280 people turned up.

Families are invited to come along any time between 11am and 1.30pm to the starting point at the information board alongside Errwood Reservoir (follow the signs off the A5004 Buxton to Whaley Bridge road at Long Hill).

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, where volunteers dressed as Mr and Mrs Grimshaw and their servants in Victorian costume will explain about their lives.

Children can also enjoy a mini-beast hunt, looking for tiny creatures like insects, or feelie boxes - putting their hand inside to guess what's there - and a blindfold walk (completely safe) along a roped trail, using their senses of touch, hearing and smell to find their way.

Senior Ranger Jenny Waller said: "The idea is to introduce people to navigation through basic map-reading, history and wildlife using all their senses. The last Family Fun Day we had was such a success that people asked for us to do it again."

Unfortunately the trail is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs as the route will include some rough and uneven ground. Suitable clothing and footwear, food and drink should be brought along. All activities will close at 4pm.

This year is the Peak District rangers' 50th anniversary, and they are aiming to raise £90,000 with the British Heart Foundation as part of the Lifeline Appeal to provide 50 defibrillators to help save lives of people in the National Park. This event is free of charge but all donations to the lifeline appeal will be gratefully received.

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

This is an archived press release

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