Spring into a new Peak Experience

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 27 March 2007

27 March 2007

Spring into a new Peak Experience

Two new Peak Experience trails will help people explore the Peak District with fresh eyes this Spring.

“Peak Antiques” covers the area’s impressive antique collections in fine country houses, and antique shops in historic towns.

“Wild Peak” takes in the wildside of the Peak District, covering seven nature reserves or Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Free leaflets for these and other self-guided Peak Experience trails are available in visitor and tourist information centres, and some are on the website.

Two special events in the Easter school holidays will help launch the “Wild Peak” trail, first at Severn Trent’s Carsington Water visitor centre, Easter Egg Hunts every day from April 1 to 8, 10am-4.30pm (£2). And second, Penny Day at Lathkill Dale Nature Reserve on April 12, 10am-4pm – pay a penny at the entrance near Over Haddon, and Natural England staff and volunteers will be on hand with information.

Peak Experience project manager Bill Bevan said: “Spring is an exciting time to launch these guides. This is the first time visitors to the Peak District have had such definitive introductions to the region’s rich wildlife and historic antiques. The natural world is really waking up now so there is plenty to see. And if you prefer shopping to walking in the countryside Peak Antiques is the one for you.”

“Wild Peak” includes such gems as where to see mountain hares in the Dark Peak, meadow flowers in the White Peak or wading birds on the region’s reservoirs. Produced by the Peak District National Park Authority, National Trust, Natural England, Severn Trent Water, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and RSPB, there are also nine new information panels directing people to nature reserves in Lathkill Dale and the Wye Valley.

“Peak Antiques” offers a tour of the region’s impressive antiques collections in some of its finest country houses as well as historic towns and antiques shops. Dozens of shops are featured in Bakewell, Ashbourne, Buxton and Leek, and the guide was recently featured on BBC 2’s “Flog It.”

Other Peak Experience themed trails in the series are: Film & Literature, Time Travellers, Churches, Geology, the Bloody Peak (myths and legends) – and more will be coming soon: Watery Peak, Industrial Pasts and How We Ate the Peak (food, farming and the landscape).

The aim is to help visitors to explore the area’s rich history, nature and culture and encourage them to use local businesses along the way.

Peak Experience is a Peak District Interpretation Partnership project, funded by the European Union Economic Regional Development Fund, Derbyshire Rural Action Zone, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council, National Trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and Severn Trent Water.

Peak District National Park visitor enquiry line: 01629 816558.

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