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Peak walking guide hikes up cash for conservation

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 21 February 2007

21 February 2007

Peak walking guide hikes up cash for conservation

A new guidebook walked off the shelves and raised cash to help restore a popular Peak District pathway.

Mark Reid, whose latest book “Walking Weekends: Peak District” sold out within six weeks, has donated £250 of his profits to the Peak District National Park Authority for conservation work.

The book has now been reprinted, and Mark intends to donate more cash for sustainable tourism in the Peak District when each print-run sells out.

He presented a cheque to Mike Rhodes, the National Park’s rights of way manager, who said: “We’d like to thank Mark for his generous gift. We’ll be spending the money on repairing steps down to the riverside from Millers Dale ranger station. It’s a popular path that does get worn down.

“It’s great that people have bought his book in such numbers and that he’s able to give something back to the countryside.”

Mark said: “’Walking Weekends: Peak District’ encourages people to stay locally, and use pubs and bed-and-breakfasts as a base from where to explore the surrounding countryside on foot. This has direct benefits for the rural economy, with people staying, eating and drinking locally.

“It’s great that I can also share some of the book’s success and give money to local conservation projects within the National Park. Walking is a great way of exploring, and after a long day on the hills, there is nowhere better to relax, recuperate and recount your day’s adventures than a traditional Peakland pub.”

‘Walking Weekends: Peak District’ includes 24 circular walks from 12 villages. It is published by InnWay Publications (ISBN 978-1-902001-12-8), recommended price, £8.95.

This is an archived press release

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