Join us and celebrate National Parks Week 2005!

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Wednesday 22 June 2005

22 June 2005

Join us and celebrate National Parks Week 2005!

Organisations throughout the Peak District have joined forces to celebrate National Parks Week 2005. A series of events and activities for people of all ages and abilities will be taking place between 22 and 29 July.

Free guided walks, talks and competitions - along with special family events and open days - aim to inspire local residents and visitors alike to learn more about what makes the Peak District such a special place.

The Peak District National Park Authority has joined forces to organise the activities with local community groups and organisations including Friends of the Peak District and Arts in the Peak.

For full details about the events visit

All activities are FREE and highlights include:

'Just do it' - National Park family fun day - Tuesday 26 July from noon
Venue: Losehill Hall, just outside Castleton on the A6187.
A great way for people of all ages to learn more about the National Park. Activities will include:
* Free guided walks and talks about archaeology geology, ecology and mountain rescue
* Wildlife and geological displays and conservation demonstrations
* Mini farmers' market
* Puppet show
* Stream-dipping & environmental art
* Mobile climbing wall.
To find out more about the open day visit the website or phone 01433 620373.

Family Environmental Art Event and Picnic - Monday 25 July 10.30am to 1pm
Venue: Kenslow Knoll Woodland near Kenslow Farm, Middleton-by-Youlgreave.
Families are invited along to explore and learn about the environment and woodland using different art forms. Activities will include nature colouring chart, creating clay woodland creatures and sculptures, painting, mask and flag making. Bring a picnic.
Booking is essential - phone 01629 816290. To find out more visit the website.

Free guided walks

Saturday 23 July
*Bakewell, 11am - 3pm. This is a signed walk intended for deaf / hearing impaired people and will be led by a National Park ranger qualified to level 2 in British Sign Language. Learn about local history, wildlife and conservation.

Monday 25 July
*Calver, starting at 3pm & 6.30pm. Two gentle 1.5 mile walks looking at the wildlife and local heritage around the River Derwent at Calver.

Tuesday 26 July
*Castleton, starting at 2pm. Two walks from Losehill Hall near Castleton to experience the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the area. One walk is a short two-mile stroll along mainly tarmac paths, suitable for people with pushchairs & wheelchairs. The second a six-mile walk up the hillside, taking in some spectacular views.

Wednesday 27 July
*Stanage, 10am - noon. Find out more about how the Stanage Forum is managing this valued landscape, which is one of the most popular climbing areas in the UK.

Thursday 28 July
*Wheelchair-accessible walk from Bakewell to Millersdale, between 10am and 4pm. Community transport to and from the walk is available.
*Lead mining heritage walk, between 10.30am and 4.30pm taking in Mam Tor, Eldon Hill & Oxlow Rake.

Friday 29 July
*Chatsworth, 1pm - 4pm. A walk around the grounds, focusing on the old trees and deer park.
*Walk around Macclesfield Forest, 10am to 1pm. Learn about the history, wildlife and ecology of this diverse corner of the National Park. This walk has been designed to meet the needs of visually impaired people but everyone is welcome.
Booking is essential for all of the walks - for more information and to book a place phone 01629 816290. For more detail on the walks visit the website.

'Poet of the Peak' competition
Could you be the Peak District's first ever Poet Laureate? 'Arts in the Peak' will be launching a competition during National Parks Week to appoint a writer with a distinctive poetic voice who can reflect the spirit of this special place and its influence, moods and heritage.
To find out more visit the website or contact Arts in the Peak on 01629 636920.

'Peak Park Picture of the Year' competition
During April, 'Friends of the Peak District' launched a search for a single photograph that captures the special qualities of the National Park. There was a great response and the stunning winning image and a selection of shortlisted entries will be on display during National Parks Week.

Following the ceremony, the winning photograph and a selection of short listed images will be on display at locations around the National Park and will be available to view on-line at

Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, Tony Hams, said: "What better excuse could you have to learn more about the Peak District's special landscape, wildlife and ecology, geology and recreational opportunities? All Peak District National Park Week events and activities are free and there's something for people of all ages and abilities - so why not take this opportunity to experience Britain's first and best-loved National Park?"

The National Park Authority encourages people to travel by public transport. All of the activities are accessible and public transport information is available from: Traveline on 0870 608 2608 or or National Rail Enquiries
tel 0845 7 48 49 50 visit

National Parks Week is coordinated across the UK by the Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA), the organisation that provides a single voice for the UK's 14 National Parks.
All National Parks are celebrating the week - to find out more about activities around the country visit

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