This is an archived press release
Monday 16 May 2005
16 May 2005
Free family fun in the Goyt Valley over half-term
Wild mini-beasts to hunt down, characters from history coming to life and a blindfold walk - just some of the fun on offer during a free Family Day in the beautiful Goyt Valley.
Timed for the middle of the half-term holiday, Wednesday June 1, the Family Day is back by popular demand after hundreds of adults and children enjoyed similar events last year.
Some 25 voluntary Peak District National Park rangers are giving their free time to help introduce families to fascinating aspects of the environment in this specially protected area of countryside between Buxton and Macclesfield.
Highlights include meeting volunteers dressed as the Victorian Mr and Mrs Grimshawe who used to run Errwood Hall (now ruined), together with their servants on a picnic. Children can also enjoy a mini-beast hunt in the rotten logs and under stones, while adults help by using identification charts to find out what they are.
A blindfold walk along a roped trail helps to expand the imagination, as participants use the senses of touch, smell and hearing instead of the eyes to find their way.
In addition, they can learn how to read a map and find their way with a compass.
Families are welcome to arrive any time between 11am and 1.30pm at the starting point by the information board at the side of Errwood Reservoir. Signs will guide people round a short circuit that they can travel at their own pace, taking in the activities along the way. They can also stop off at any time to enjoy their own picnic, and all activities will close at 4pm.
People should wear sturdy footwear and bring appropriate clothing, but unfortunately the paths are not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Drivers should look out for signs to the Goyt Valley/Errwood Reservoir off the A5004 Buxton to Whaley Bridge road at Long Hill, or from the Macclesfield/Kettleshulme direction at Pym Chair.
The event is jointly organised by the Peak District National Park and Forestry Commission with help from United Utilities, which owns the land.