Welcome guide for newcomers to the National Park

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 24 March 2010

24 March 2010

Welcome guide for newcomers to the National Park

A helping hand is available for everyone who ever wanted to explore the Peak District National Park but did not know where to start.

The new Welcome guide will help people get active in the national park, whether they want to try walking, cycling, riding, fishing, climbing, gliding or canoeing.

Aimed at newcomers to the countryside, it points out wildlife and landscape features to look out for, as well as things to do, where to go, what to bring and who to contact for information.

It has a pull-out map and advice on getting about by public transport, and where to stay. It urges people to seek out eco-friendly local produce in shops and cafes, and explains how they can volunteer for conservation work.

Sue Beswick, visitor services manager for the Peak District National Park, said: “The Welcome guide is for all those who may have thought the countryside was not for them. Everyone has to start somewhere, and we hope this booklet will give people the inspiration to get out into the hills and dales to enjoy the fresh air and healthy exercise.

“One of the best ways to get started is on a guided walk with someone who knows the national park well, and that’s why we’re including a Ranger Guided Walks booklet with the Welcome guide. It lists over 200 free guided walks and events to help people on their way.”

The Welcome pack of both booklets together costs £1 from national park visitor centres in Bakewell, Castleton, Derwent and Edale, and at tourist information centres in Buxton, Matlock and Ashbourne.

The Welcome guide is available online at  and the Ranger Guided Walks at

Information on walking festivals, well dressings and other events is available on

Or people can ring the Peak District National Park visitor enquiry line on 01629 816558.

This is an archived press release

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