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WALK AROUND NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

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Wednesday 25 February 2004

25 February 2004

WALK AROUND NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

A very special guided walk will be taking place in the Peak District during April, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Park Authority's ranger service.

For the first time the entire boundary of the Park – almost 200 miles – will be walked over 15 consecutive days. The event takes place between 10 and 24 April, starting and ending at Marsden in Yorkshire. Along the way the walks will take in 194 miles of beautiful Peak District countryside through Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

They will be led by National Park ranger Andy Valentine, who said: "What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ranger service than walking through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK? As far as we are aware this will be the first time anyone has attempted to walk around the entire boundary on consecutive days – almost 200 miles. I don't expect many people to attempt the entire distance, but people are welcome to come along on as many days as they want."

The special event will not just to celebrate the golden anniversary – walkers are encouraged to seek sponsors and raise funds for the Peak District Lifeline Appeal. The appeal, coordinated by the National Park Authority and British Heart Foundation, is aiming to equip rangers with 50 life saving defibrillators, one for each year of the service. They will be used by rangers to help heart attack victims in remote areas.

Chair of the National Park Authority's park management committee, Lynn Crowe, said: "We are hoping that as many people as possible will take part in the walks and also help to raise funds for the Lifeline Appeal. The cost of each defibrillator is less than £1,000, so every penny counts towards saving a life.

"The 50th anniversary is a very special occasion in the history of the ranger service. Since it was set up in 1954 the service has developed to meet the needs of local people and visitors. At first rangers focused on helping people access and enjoy the countryside, but over the decades their work has expanded and they now work with many people across the Authority - getting involved in looking after scheduled ancient monuments, conserving habitats for wildlife and hosting walks and talks for people from all over the world."

The walks are not circular, but the start and finish points are all easily accessible for public transport. The walks are free and booking is not required. However, booking is essential for people wanting to take advantage of a free mini-bus service from the end to the start of each walk – phone 01629 816290.

There are some steep climbs on many of the walks.

· For more information about the history of the ranger service and the 50th anniversary celebrations, visit www.peakdistrict.org

· If anyone would like to contribute to the Lifeline Appeal but cannot take part in the walks, they can forward donations to the British Heart Foundation, Peak District Lifeline Appeal, Oak House B, Ransom Wood Business Park, Southwell Road, Mansfield NG21 0HJ. Cheques should be made payable to the British Heart Foundation. Donations can also be made over the phone to 01623 624558.

10 April
Day 1 - Marsden to The Flouch 15 miles
Day one's walk around the boundary meets at Marsden Railway Station at 10:45am, finish at 5:00pm. There will be some steep climbs. Public transport links: trains to Marsden from Leeds, Manchester, Huddersfield and bus services from Oldham, Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Barnsley to The Flouch.

11 April
Day 2 - The Flouch to Dungworth 12 miles
Day two's boundary walk meets at the Flouch on the A628/A616 junction at 10:15am, finish at 4:30pm. There will be some steep climbs. Public transport links: bus services 20 from Holmfirth and Barnsley, M68 from Sheffield, 61 & 62 to Dungworth from Sheffield.

12 April
Day 3 - Dungworth to Owler Bar 12 miles
Day three's boundary walk takes you from Dungworth to Owler Bar. There are some steep climbs. Meet outside the Royal Hotel, Dungworth, near Sheffield at 10:00am, finish at 4:30pm. Public transport links: bus services 61 & 62 to Dungworth from Sheffield, X18 to Owler Bar from Sheffield and Bakewell.

13 April
Day 4 - Owler Bar to Wensley 17 miles
Day four's boundary walk takes you from Owler Bar to Wensley. Meet at the large lay-by on the Sheffield side of Owler Bar at 10:15am, finish at 5:00pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: bus services X18 to Owler Bar from Sheffield & Bakewell and 172 to Wensley from Bakewell & Matlock.

14 April
Day 5 - Wensley to Bradbourne 14 miles
Day five's boundary walk meets at Wensley village centre at 10:30am, finish at 4:30pm. Public transport links: bus services 172 to Wensley from Bakewell and Matlock, 411 to Bradbourne from Ashbourne, Matlock and Wirksworth.

15 April
Day 6 - Bradbourne to Waterhouses 13 miles
Day six's boundary walk meets at Bradbourne Post Office at 10:15am, finish at 4:30pm. Public transport links: bus services 411 to Bradbourne from Ashbourne and Wirksworth and X1 from Waterhouses to Ashbourne and Leek.

16 April
Day 7 - Waterhouses to Rushton Spencer 15 miles
Day seven's boundary walk meets at Ye Olde Crown at Waterhouses at 10:30am, finish at 4:30pm. Public transport links: bus services X1 to Waterhouses from Ashbourne and Leek, X1 from Rushton Spencer to Leek, Ashbourne, Derby and X1 to Macclesfield, Stockport.

17 April
Day 8 - Rushton Spencer to Tegg's Nose 12 miles
Day eight's boundary walk meets at The Knot, Station Lane, Rushton Spencer, near the car park at 10:15am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: bus services X1 to Rushton Spencer from Stockport, Macclesfield, Leek and Derby and V from Walker Barn to Macclesfield and Buxton.

18 April
Day 9 - Tegg's Nose to Disley 10 miles
Day nine's boundary walk meets at Tegg's Nose Country Park car park, Buxton Old Road at 10:30am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: trains from Disley to Stockport and Buxton and bus services 57 to Tegg's Nose from Macclesfield, V to Walker Barn from Macclesfield and Buxton, 199 & TransPeak (TP) from Disley to Stockport and Buxton and 361 to Glossop.

19 April
Day 10 - Disley to Chapel-en-le-Frith Station 11 miles
Day ten's boundary walk meets at Disley railway station at 10:15am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: trains to Disley from Buxton and Stockport, bus services 199 & TransPeak to Disley from Stockport and Buxton and 361 to Glossop.

20 April
Day 11 - Chapel-en-le-Frith Station to Earl Sterndale 13 miles
Day eleven's walk around the boundary meets at Chapel-en-le-Frith railway station at 10:15am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: trains to Chapel from Stockport and Buxton, bus services to Chapel-en-le-Frith centre from Stockport and Buxton, and 442 from Earl Sterndale to Buxton and Ashbourne.

21 April
Day 12 - Earl Sterndale to Peak Dale 13 miles
Day twelve's walk around the boundary meets at The Quiet Woman, Earl Sterndale at 10:15am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: bus services 442 to Earl Sterndale from Buxton and Ashbourne, 189 & 199 from Peak Dale to Buxton, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

22 April
Day 13 - Peak Dale to Hayfield 12 miles
Day thirteen's walk around the boundary meets at The Institute, Peak Dale at 10:30am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: bus services 189 & 199 to Peak Dale from Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills and 361 from Hayfield to New Mills and Glossop.

23 April
Day 14 Hayfield to Hadfield 13 miles
Day fourteen's walk along the boundary meets at Hayfield bus station at 10:00am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: trains from Hadfield to Glossop and Manchester, bus services 361 to Hayfield from Glossop and New Mills, 238, 239, X36, X37 from Hadfield to Glossop and Ashton.

24 April
Day 15 - Hadfield to Marsden 12 miles
The final day of the boundary walk meets at Hadfield railway station at 10:00am, finish at 4:30pm. There are some steep climbs. Public transport links: trains to Hadfield from Glossop and Manchester, and from Marsden to Manchester, Ashton & Huddersfield, bus services 237, 238, X36, X37from Glossop, Ashton and Manchester also to Oldham, Huddersfield and Holmfirth.

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