This is an archived press release
Tuesday 15 February 2005
15 February 2005
Pick up the first Peak District Walking Festival Guide
A guide for the Peak District's first Walking Festival is out now - giving details of 150 ways to put a spring in your step.
The springtime Walking Festival, from April 16 to May 2, will be one of the biggest such events in the country, offering choices of up to six walks a day throughout the Peak District.
Booking is essential, though most of the walks are free - and the programme gives full details of every event, how to book and what to bring along.
Expert guides, including ecologists, historians and archaeologists, have drawn up a vast variety of new walks - with something to suit every age and level of fitness, including some that are wheelchair accessible.
They range from upland hikes to town trails,
ghost walks, wildlife, historical and literary connections, folklore and legends.
As a taste of the variety, themes include "Celebrities, Heroes and Spies" around Over Haddon, or "The Secret Delights of Tissington", "Rock Climbing for the Over-50s", "Tales of Mystery and Magic" in Dovedale, or "Aircraft Wrecks on Bleaklow".
The area covers Derbyshire, the Staffordshire Moorlands, and even dips into Yorkshire, Cheshire and Lancashire.
The Walking Festival is organised by Visit Peak District, the tourism partnership of the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands District Councils and High Peak Borough Council.
Visit Peak District marketing manager David Bourque said: "We hope that the UK's newest walking festival will also be one of the best - with a wealth of glorious scenery to offer, fantastic places to stay and a host of activities for all ages."
You can find the guide at Tourist Information Centres throughout the Peak District, or by logging onto www.visitpeakdistrict.com, or by ringing the Visitor Information Line on 0870 444 7275.