National Parks Week brings history to life

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Wednesday 21 July 2010

21 July 2010

National Parks Week brings history to life

Local history, archaeology, myths and legends will be brought to life in the Peak District in National Parks Week (July 26 - August 1).

Free guided walks and family activity days will focus on the area’s rich history - from lead miners to lost villages, and from dam busters to peat cutters.

Timed for the start of the school holidays, National Parks Week offers families a fun and affordable way to find out about the heritage and wildlife of the UK’s 15 national parks. On offer in the Peak District National Park are:

  • Lost Villages, Thur July 29 - free ranger-guided walk to discover the story of Ashopton and Derwent, drowned with the making of the Derwent Valley reservoirs. 10am-4pm. Book on 01433 659986.
  • Rivers, trees and creepy crawlies, Thur July 29 -  a fun time for families with river-dipping, tree-shaking and bark-rubbing in the historic background of Castleton. Meet at Castleton Visitor Centre. 10.30am-12.30pm. Booking essential on 01629 816572.
  • Peatland Heritage, Fri July 30 - free ranger-guided walks at 10.30am and 2.30pm from Moorland Visitor Centre, Edale. Find out about peat-cutting, how it was done, who it was for, create your own pictures or poems. People making for Kinder can then continue on their way. No need to book.
  • Mining Mayhem, Sat July 31 - a free family activity day at Magpie Mine, Sheldon (near Bakewell), 10.30am-3pm. National park archaeologist John Barnatt leads archaeological tours while children can become lead miners, make a miner’s hat and take part in games. Organised in partnership with the Peak District Mines Historical Society as part of the Festival of British Archaeology. No need to book.
  • Myths, legends and a ghost road, Sat July 31 - free ranger-guided walk on moors around Saddleworth. Nine miles strenuous walking to learn about local stories and fables. Meet at Binn Green car park on A635, east of Greenfield. 10.30am-4.30pm. No need to book.
  • Dam Builders and Dam Busters, Sun Aug 1 - free ranger-guided five-mile walk discovering the story of Tin-town, the people who built the dams and how the “dam busters” practised there in the 2nd World War. 10.30am-4pm. Book on 01433 659986.
  • Saxon Origins of Bakewell - a self-guided walk available at any time: ask for details at Bakewell Visitor Centre. There will also be children’s activities upstairs during National Parks Week.

For more local free guided walks, visit and for more National Parks Week events across the UK’s 15 national parks, go to   

In addition to the special themed events, you can check out  to find creative people who have been inspired by the scenery of our national parks. Short video clips are available on  - including an interview with an award winning photographer, an introduction to Exmoor ponies, and how the history of Pembrokeshire is heard in its language.

This is an archived press release

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