Kick off the school holidays with fun in National Parks Week

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Thursday 14 July 2005

14 July 2005

Kick off the school holidays with fun in National Parks Week

School holidays in the Peak District will get off to an exciting start with a feast of family events during National Parks Week 2005.

Children will get the chance to see a hang-glider, have a go at climbing or ride a tandem during "Just Do It" – the Peak District National Park's free Family Fun Day at Losehill Hall, near Castleton.

The Fun Day, on Tuesday July 26 from 12 noon, also features pond-dipping, making boomerangs, mask making, environmental art and an amazing duck-herding sheepdog.

Older children and adults can try their hand at drystone walling, landscape painting and navigating or track down the clues to a treasure hunt.

There will also be Derbyshire cream teas, a mini farmers' market and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Pennine Way, while in the evening there are talks on archaeology, geology, ecology or mountain rescue.

In addition, National Parks Week (July 22-29) features a free Family Environmental Art Event and Picnic on Monday July 25 (10.30am-1pm) at Kenslow Knoll Woodland, Middleton-by-Youlgreave.

The woodland, near Kenslow Farm, will be setting for children and adults to try their hand at sculpture and clay modelling of woodland creatures, painting and flag making. Families can bring their own picnic and enjoy an al fresco lunch. The event is free but places must be booked on 01629 816290.

Families are also welcome on free guided walks throughout the week – some targeted at people with limited mobility, hearing or visual impairments.

On Saturday July 23 (11am) there is a Bakewell history, wildlife and conservation walk with a ranger able to use sign language for the deaf. On Monday July 25 (3pm & 6pm) there are gentle wildlife walks at Calver, Tuesday July 26 (2pm) two family walks from Losehill Hall, on Wednesday July 27 (10am) a walk up the spectacular Stanage Edge, on Thursday July 28 (10am) a wheelchair and buggy-accessible walk through the old railway tunnels of the Monsal Trail, and (10.30am) a lead mining heritage walk up Mam Tor, while on Friday July 29 (1pm) there's a walk around Chatsworth's parkland, and (10am) another around Macclesfield Forest.

Full details of walks can be found on or 01629 816290.

National Parks Week will also see the launch of a Poet Laureate of the Peaks competition, open to local poets who can best express the spirit of this special landscape.

This is an archived press release

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