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Launch out on themed trails across the Peak District

This is an archived press release

Thursday 20 July 2006

20 July 2006

Launch out on themed trails across the Peak District

How would you like to tread in the footsteps of the stars or literary heroes? Or explore the Peak District’s haunted places, Roman remains, or foods from the past?

New free “Peak Experience” leaflets have just been launched, providing self-guided tours for people to explore the Peak District on different themes.

The Peak Experience project – led by the Peak District National Park Authority in partnership with councils, tourism and business support organisations – has produced the guides to tell the story of the area’s rich heritage, and encourage people to use local businesses along the way.

The first three are on Churches, Geology and Time Travellers (history and archaeology). Coming up in the autumn are Films and Literature (featuring locations used for Pride and Prejudice, Women in Love, the Dambusters, Jane Eyre, Peak Practice and League of Gentlemen), and the Bloody Peak (in time for Hallowe’en).

Then in the run-up to Christmas there will be an Antique trail, followed by Wild Peak, Water, Industrial Pasts and How We Ate in the Peak District next spring.

The guides – in the form of 24-page booklets or fold-out maps – are available from Visitor Centres and on the www.peak-experience.org.uk website. They explain the different locations and promote visitor attractions, cafes, shops, accommodation providers, craft-shops and local produce suppliers.

Guests from all the partner organisations attended a special launch at Castleton’s Peak Cavern, and coming up are two events open to the public:

  • the Churches trail will be launched at Tissington on Tuesday August 1 (4pm), with mini-tours of Tissington Hall, tea and cakes and a tour of the village church with Sir Richard Fitzherbert. (please book on 01433 620373)
  • the Time Travellers trail will be launched at Castleton on Sat-Sun Aug 5 & 6, with a weekend living history camp re-enacting life after the Norman Conquest. 10am-4.30pm – free, no need to book, call 01433 620679 for further information.

Bill Bevan, Peak Experience project officer, said: “Nothing like this has been attempted on this scale before. The leaflets will encourage people to make the most of what the Peak District has to offer.

“This is an innovative project, the first in the country to so extensively use the heritage of a region to boost economic regeneration. We are working with lots of businesses that help tell the story of the Peak District’s heritage. We want to encourage people to stay longer, discover more and support rural businesses along the way.”

Peak Experience is funded by the EU Economic Regional Development Fund and Derby and Derbyshire Rural Action Zone. A vast array of organisations have come together to provide additional funding and expertise, including the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, English Heritage, English Nature, National Trust, Peak District National Park Authority, Severn Trent Water and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

It is part of the Peak District Interpretation Partnership, which supports innovative ways of promoting businesses by building on the Peak District’s natural and cultural assets. Its steering group includes Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands councils, National Park Authority, National Trust, Severn Trent, English Nature and English Heritage.

In the past 10 years it has supported community-led projects such as Ashover Rock Art, Pilsbury Castle interpretation and Eyam Explored.

This is an archived press release

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