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Fun for the family in National Parks Week

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 29 July 2009

29 July 2009

Fun for the family in National Parks Week

Hundreds of people have taken part in free events to celebrate National Parks Week - and it’s not too late to join them.

This year National Parks Week is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 - the legislation that created National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves and National Trails.

The Peak District National Park Authority-run events began with a family picnic and fun day at Losehill Hall in Castleton on Sunday 26 July. Despite bad weather more than 100 people took part in activities including pond dipping, sensory trails, guided walks and arts events.

Family learning...Peak District National Park Authority volunteer ranger Peter McGrory shows a family a wooden sculpture during the Earth Family Walk in Tideswell Dale.

Throughout the week a series of guided walks have been run by the Peak District National Park Authority’s rangers and archaeologists, along with activity days at visitor centres in Castleton and Edale.

One of the events was the Family Earth Walk, a two-mile walk in Tideswell Dale. More than 25 children took part in a range of countryside activities. This included identifying flowers and drawing countryside creatures.

Stepping out...More than 25 children enjoyed the Earth Family Walk in Tideswell Dale.

One of the many free events still to take place is a free family taster event run by the authority’s youth ranger service. The session will be held at the Moorland Discovery Centre at Longshaw Estate, near Sheffield on Friday (31 July) from 10.30am to 3.30pm- on the junction between the A6187 and A625 to Hathersage.

The day is aimed at young people aged 11 to 16 and their parents. Anyone taking part will be able to learn bushcraft skills like fire lighting and building your own shelter. There will also be an opportunity to do some practical conservation tasks. Further details are available from Sally Kempson on 01433 622469.

Other events still to take place include:

Friday 31 July

Fishermen, Farmers and some Feisty Beasts

3-mile easy walk looking at the wildlife and farming in the Hartington area. Meet Hartington Village Centre (GR: SK128604) at 10.30am. Finish 1pm. (suitable for families)

Saturday 1 August

Peak District Exposed

8-mile easy moorland walk to introduce the Peak District - history, wildlife and views. Meet ‘Cat & Fiddle’ (GR: SJ962712) at 10.15am. Finish 3pm. Assistance dogs only.

A White Peak Wander

5 ½ mile walk along river, through dale, woodland and across the limestone plateau to the village of Sheldon, short ascents and descents with some rough ground. Meet White Lodge car park on A6 Bakewell to Buxton (GR: SK170705) at 11am. Finish 3.30pm (suitable for families).

‘High Peak Hike’ - Glossop to Edale

11-mile high level, linear walk following a classic route. Strenuous, rough ground. Meet Torside car-park (GR: SK069983) at 10.30am. Finish 4.30pm.

Sunday 2 August

Morning stroll round Fernilee

3-mile easy walk round Fernilee reservoir on a mixture of surfaced roads and woodland paths (no stiles). Includes one climb. Can be combined with the afternoon walk. Meet at Street car park (GR: SK013756) at 10.30am. Finish 12.30 pm. (suitable for families, pushchairs)

Afternoon walk in the Goyt Valley

3-mile walk in the Goyt Valley on surfaced roads and woodland paths (no stiles) but includes two ascents. Meet at Street car park (GR: SK013756) at 1.30 p.m. Finish 4pm. Accompanied children over 7. (Suitable for families)

The Lakes of the Little Don

10-mile moderate walk around Langsett, Midhope and Underbank Reservoirs. Meet Langsett Barn, car-park, Langsett (GR: SE211004) at 10.30 am. Finish 5pm. (Suitable for families)

National Parks Week runs from 27 July to 2 August. To find out more details about celebrations across the country visit www.diamondsinthelandscape.org.uk/anniversaryevents Events in the Peak District National Park can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/anniversary-events

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