National Family Week - fun days out in the Peak District National Park

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Thursday 20 May 2010

20 May 2010

National Family Week - fun days out in the Peak District National Park

Families can find lots of fun things to do in the Peak District National Park during National Family Week - May 31-June 6 - and most are free.

A two-mile Family Fun Activity Walk, exploring nature with the rangers along the Monsal Trail, starts from Millers Dale Old Station on Tuesday June 1, 11am-2pm. Suitable for 3-8 year-olds, children must be with an adult, who can book on 01298 871869.

A Family Discovery Day will be ideal for 3-8 year-olds to explore the Macclesfield Forest with activities and games, also on Tuesday June 1, 11am-3pm, at Trentabank Ranger Station. Children must be with an adult, and there is a small charge. Book on 01260 252832.

A Family Activity Day is on offer at Fairholmes ranger centre in the Upper Derwent Valley on Wednesday June 2, 10.30am-3.30pm, no need to book.

Children and adults can have a go at dry stone walling and making habitat boxes for bees, birds and bats. They can also see demonstrations of green woodworking and making besom brushes, explore a nature trail, and if they would like to hire a bike, there are taster sessions for novice cyclists, including cycle safety and maintenance.

The same day, Wednesday June 2, there is a five-mile easy walk for families along the Longdendale Valley, looking at its history and wildlife, starting at Hadfield Railway Station, 11am, finishing 3pm. You can book on 01629 816290.

Children aged 4 to 7 may like to walk in the footsteps of children’s author Alison Uttley in Bakewell on Friday June 4. Starting at Bakewell Library at 2pm, a national park ranger will help show how wildlife inspired Uttley’s stories such as Little Grey Rabbit, Hare and the Easter Eggs and Fuzzypeg the Hedghog, with games and activities along the way. Children must be with an adult - book at Bakewell Library or on 01629 812267.

National Family Week encourages families to spend more quality time together, enjoying the benefits of a positive and healthy family lifestyle - for more activities and discounts go to

For more information on free ranger-guided walks and events in the national park throughout the year, go to or ask for a Ranger Walks booklet in National Park Visitor Centres, 01629 816558.

This is an archived press release

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