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Diamonds are forever - National Parks Week celebrates 60th anniversary

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Monday 13 July 2009

10 July 2009

Diamonds are forever - National Parks Week celebrates 60th anniversary

This year’s National Parks Week (July 27-Aug 2) is extra-sparkling as Britain’s national parks celebrate their diamond anniversary.

It is 60 years since the 1949 National Parks and Access to Countryside Act led to special protection for our most beautiful landscapes - and free family events, picnics and walks are happening at all 14 national parks throughout the country.

To launch the week, the Peak District - Britain’s first national park founded in 1951 - is hosting a free Picnic in the Park on Sunday July 26 at Losehill Hall near Castleton (10.30am-4pm). Families can bring a picnic and go pond-dipping, craft-making or wildlife-spotting - book on 01433 620373.

Children can explore wildlife and heritage at other free events including:

  • Family Fun Days at Castleton Visitor Centre on Tuesday July 28 (10.30-noon, 2-3.30pm, details on 01629 816572) and the Moorland Centre, Edale, on Wednesday July 29 (10am-4pm, details on 01433 670207).
  • Family Day in the Goyt Valley, between Buxton and Macclesfield, with a mini-beast hunt, a sensory trail and navigation clues on Wednesday July 29, starting 11am-1.30pm (Errwood Hall car park) and finishing 4pm.
  • “1066 and all that” on Tuesday July 28 (10am-4pm) - a walk with one of the national park’s top archaeologists from Hartington to the remains of the 11th-century Pilsbury Castle. Medieval characters will greet walkers, and children can dress up, sample medieval food and make a clay model of the castle (£2, bring a picnic, book on 01298 84992).

In addition, there are free guided walks with rangers every day, varying from easy-going strolls in the gentler White Peak countryside to strenuous hikes across dramatic Dark Peak moorlands.

Peak District National Park chair Narendra Bajaria said: “The 60th anniversary of the Act that founded our national parks really is something to celebrate. There’s no better way to appreciate its achievement than to visit these glorious landscapes during National Parks Week.”

For full details of Peak District National Parks Week events, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/anniversary/npweek2009.htm or call 01629 816558.

To find events in 14 national parks across the country, go to www.diamondsinthelandscape.org.uk/anniversaryevents.htm

Most events are accessible by bus or train - information on www.traveline.org.uk or 0871 200 2233.

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