This is an archived press release
Thursday 15 August 2013
National Parks Week ended on a high note with more than 300 people enjoying family fun activities in a Peak District village.
The event at Castleton visitor centre, organised by the Peak District National Park Authority visitor services team, celebrated the Peak District’s beautiful countryside, fascinating history and wildlife, and gave people the chance to discover opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Acting Head of Field Services Andy Farmer said: “National Parks Week events are a great way of introducing families to getting outdoors to enjoy the national park and try something new.
“Our aim was to help people discover ways of appreciating nature and local heritage. We are pleased so many residents and visitors came along.
“Adults and children alike took part in the stationary bike challenge, tried drystone walling, face-painting and more. There was a great family atmosphere and everyone had fun.”
The stationary bike challenge was organised by the Peak District National Park Authority’s cycle hire service. Participants competed to pedal the fastest 200 metres on the stationary bicycle. The winners were: Adult class – Ian Morrison, with a time of 12.78 seconds, Child class – Jack, with 15.01 seconds. They won free cycle hire at a national park centre.
Over 200 people took part in the learning and discovery team’s environmental education activities including river dipping and geocaching or found out about the Peak District Award.
The event was also attended by the Authority’s Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, countryside management team and national park rangers.
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team demonstrated their skills too.
Find out more information about the Peak District Award or opportunities to volunteer on conservation projects.
National parks are areas of specially protected countryside that everyone can visit, where people live, work and shape the landscape.
Find out about things to do in the Peak District National Park all year round at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting.