Happy 60th anniversary to our landscape diamond

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Thursday 16 June 2011

People are being invited to celebrate the Peak District National Park’s 60th anniversary by getting out and about in the beautiful countryside.

Sunday April 17 is the actual diamond anniversary date of the Peak District National Park which came into being in 1951. To commemorate the National Park Authority is inviting people to take part in a celebration weekend of events.

Chief executive Jim Dixon said: “Sixty years ago the Peak District became Britain’s first national park protecting the landscape for current and future generations to enjoy.

“Since then the area’s natural beauty and all it offers has inspired and transformed the lives of thousands of residents and millions of visitors.”

The National Park Authority works to safeguard and promote the Peak District’s special environment and ways of life and encourages people to make the most of the great outdoors.

Jim said: “National Parks are for everyone. We want people to join us in our 60th anniversary celebrations and enjoy the events being offered throughout the Peak District.

“Whether you take part in an organised event or go out under your own steam for a walk, bike ride, horse ride, climb or sail, the main thing is that everyone takes the opportunity to appreciate this much-loved landscape.”

The 60th anniversary celebration events include bird watching, walks with cake stops and cycling. For more information visit

Saturday April 16

Friends of the Peak District's Diamond Dawdle charity walk Launched by former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom, the walk will start from Thornbridge Hall, Ashford-in-the-Water, with a choice of two circular routes on the Monsal Trail - either the more challenging 15 miles (starts 8.30am) or the more leisurely 7.5 miles (starts 11.30am). Cost: adults £13.50, children £6.00 (including cake!). All proceeds to Friends of the Peak District. Booking essential on 0114 266 5822 or

Friends of the Peak District's Three Cakes Challenge A 3 mile stroll along the Monsal Trail between Thornbridge Hall and Hassop Station Café and back, with cake at each stop. Ideal for those with babies and toddlers. Starts at 10.45am from Thornbridge Hall, DE45 1NZ.  £5 per person, under 5’s free; proceeds to the Friends of the Peak District. Booking essential on 0114 266 5822 or

Four, free guided walks with Peak District National Park rangers:

Celebration Walks from Castleton A choice of two walks led by National Park Rangers and Terry Howard from Sheffield Ramblers. Choose either a gentle stroll of less than 3 miles with one stile or a 7 mile walk with a steep incline. Both walks start at 11am inside Castleton visitor centre, Buxton Road, Castleton, S33 8WN. Includes a free exhibition and a short talk on how the National Park movement began. The events are free and there is no need to book. The start venue is accessible by public transport.

Dale Dyke and Agden Reservoirs A six mile walk around the reservoirs at Bradfield led by national park rangers. The walk will start from Low Bradfield car park, next to the cricket club, at 11am and finish at 4pm. Bring a packed lunch, drink and suitable clothing for a spring time walk. The event is free and there is no need to book.

Big Moor Navigation Guided Walk Learn the basics of navigation on a six to eight mile walk led by national park rangers across rough moorland and tracks at Big Moor. The walk starts at 10.30am from Grindleford Railway Station, S32 2JA, and finishes at 4.30pm. The starting point is accessible by bus and train. Bring a lunch, drink, walking boots, waterproofs, weather appropriate clothing, compass and a White Peak 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map. The event is free and there is no need to book.

Sunday April 17

Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Peak District Ramble fundraising walk The 10-mile circular hike offers spectacular views around the Iron Age settlement of Mam Tor on a challenging hike for novice and experienced walkers. Starts and finishes at Edale Village Hall. Registration costs £10, but everyone is asked to raise as much as possible - £100 pays for five hours of nursing care, and £180 pays for a full night’s shift in a patient’s home. or call 08700 340 040.

Diamond Cycling Sunday Sessions between 10am -1pm at the rear of the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell. Free cycle training: starter sessions for complete beginners or wobbly born again bikers, road confidence and skills sessions for families or groups, and even advice on teaching your infant to ride! Experienced and novice cyclists alike can benefit from a cycle training session provided by qualified trainers from Pedal Ready Cooperative as part of the Pedal Peak District project. Booking essential on 0114 241 2775 or email

Three, free guided walks with Peak District National Park rangers:

Doves and Ducks An 8 mile walk around Dove Stone Reservoir, surrounded by dramatic Pennine moorland, looking for birds and other wildlife (joint walk with RSPB). Meet Clarence Hotel, Greenfield Nr. Oldham (Grid Ref: SE002040) (Postcode: OL3 7DD) at 10.30am, finish 4pm. Binoculars useful. Sorry no dogs as they could disturb wildlife.

Trig Point Challenge A 12 mile walk taking in three trig points, Shining Tor, Burbage and Axe Edge. Strenuous walk over rough ground. Sorry no dogs - it is the wildlife breeding season. Meet at the Cat and Fiddle pub on A537 Buxton to Macclesfield road (Grid Ref: SK001719) (Postcode: SK11 0AR) at 10am, finish 5pm. (More suitable for experienced walkers).

A Roam with a View An 8 mile walk to include high vantage points and fine views of the Peak District’s stunning limestone dales. Some rough tracks and steep climbs. Meet at the car park behind Monsal Head Hotel (Grid Ref: SK185715) (Postcode: DE45 1NL) at 10.45am, finish 4.30pm. Sorry, no dogs as it is the wildlife breeding season.

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