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National Parks Week – get away and enjoy the Peak District

This is an archived press release

Monday 16 July 2007

16 July 2007

National Parks Week - get away and enjoy the Peak District

The Peak District National Park is big, beautiful and welcoming - that’s why thousands of people keep coming back, not least in National Parks Week, July 30 to August 5.

This week-long celebration of the UK’s 14 national parks throws out an invitation for visitors and residents alike to get active in the countryside.

National Parks Week events in the Peak District this year combine exercise with fun, history and wildlife, and most are reachable by bus. They are:

*Wheelie Wonderful. Mon July 30, 10am-3pm. An easy 21-mile guided cycle-ride down the historic Tissington Trail. Departs Parsley Hay cycle-hire centre, eight miles south of Buxton on the A515. Booking essential: 01629 816338.

*Dovedale at Dusk. Mon July 30, 7.30-9.30pm. A family-friendly guided walk with ranger Richard Gregory from Milldale village car park - near Alstonefield (free, bring a torch, no need to book).

*Family Fun Earth Walk. Tue July 31, 11am-2pm. Ranger-guided walk for families around Tideswell Dale, meet Pete Wardle at Tideswell Dale Picnic Site (free, children need an adult, book on 01298 871869).

*Riches from the Rocks. Wed Aug 1, 12-5pm. A free archaeological heritage walk with one of the country’s foremost archaeologists, Dr John Barnatt. From Warslow Memorial Car Park (opp village hall). 5.5 miles, rough, steep terrain. Booking essential: 01629 816338.

*Fishermen, Farmers and Feisty Beasts. Fri Aug 3, 10.30am-1pm. Ranger-guided walk suitable for over-7s. Discover wildlife round Hartington. Meet at Hartington Village bus-stop (free, no need to book).

*Walk on the Wild Side. Sat Aug 4, 10.30am-4.30pm. Eight challenging miles over Bleaklow - steep terrain, for fit walkers. Meet Phil Bentley at Torside car park, nr Glossop (free, bring lunch, no need to book).

*Moor and Farmland. Sat Aug 4, 10.30am-4.30pm. 10 miles, tough walking around Langsett, nr Sheffield/Barnsley. Meet at Langsett Barn (free, but NO dogs, bring lunch, no need to book).

*Water and Woodland. Sat Aug 4, 11am. Nine miles including stunning views but rough terrain over Stanage Edge, between Hathersage/Sheffield. Meet at Hooks Carr car park (free, bring lunch, no need to book).

*Summer Wine Ramble. Sun Aug 5 - 10 miles across Last of the Summer Wine” country - steep, rough terrain from Holmfirth to Langsett. For fit walkers. Meet at Langsett Barn 11am to catch 11.33am bus to Holmfirth. Return 5.30pm. (free, bring lunch, no need to book).

National Parks Week events in other national parks include: a Ceilidh Trail in the Cairngorms; a Deer Search in Exmoor; a Living History Encampment in Loch Lomond & Trossachs; Life on the Bog” (International Bog Day walk) in the New Forest; a Picnic in the Park in the North Yorks Moors; Bushcraft Basics in Pembrokeshire; Art in the Park and a Slow Motion walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

For a full list of events nationwide go to www.nationalparks.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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