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UK national parks are ‘Actively Yours’

This is an archived press release

Thursday 18 July 2013

That mountain: it's yours to climb. That coastal path: it's yours to wander. That sweeping moorland, that pristine river, that tranquil forest -- they belong to you and to all of us. They are ours to explore.

'Actively yours… to enjoy' is the message of National Parks Week 2013, which takes place from Monday July 29 to Sunday August 4.

Dedicated to raising awareness of Britain's 15 National Parks, the week of events celebrates the beauty, diversity and wide range of opportunities national parks offer for outdoor recreation and enjoyment.

Celebrations take place in beautiful locations and include guided walks, cycle rides and family activities to get people closer to nature.

Tony Favell, Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority said: "National Parks Week gives everyone a good reason to visit their nearest national park. We want to encourage residents and visitors from the surrounding urban areas, and further afield, to discover the Peak District's beautiful countryside, fascinating history, vibrant villages and interesting wildlife.

"National Parks Week events are a great way of introducing the family to getting outdoors and enjoying the national park from gentle walks in wildflower meadows, to more strenuous moorland hikes and mountain biking."

National parks are areas of specially protected countryside that everyone can visit, where people live, work and shape the landscape.

The Peak District was Britain's first national park, designated in 1951, for its natural beauty, wildlife and heritage.

Tony Favell added: "The weeklong celebration ends with a fun packed activity day at Castleton visitor centre on Sunday August 4. People can join in and find out what's great about the Peak District National Park."

For Peak District National Park events go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/npweek

For events in other national parks visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk

National Parks Weeks events

Saturday 27 July

Water from Wild places with Severn Trent Water
Where does your water come from? Come to Tittesworth and discover the wild places your clean water comes from and learn more about these special places. Watery fun in the outdoors with a variety of hands on activities and games including river dipping – don't forget your wellies! Find us near the children's play area. A free family event with activities for children aged 3 to 10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 28 July

National Parks Week family activities drop in
Crafts and activities for families at a drop in event, 1pm to 5pm, at Edale Visitor Centre. National Parks are for all to enjoy. Come and find out what the Peak District National Park has for you and maybe sign up to take part in the Peak District Award. Free event for all the family.

Tuesday 30 July

Orienteering for families with United Utilities
Looking for an active day for the family and fancy trying something new? Meet at Macclesfield Forest Trentabank car park anytime between 11am and 2pm, activities end at 4pm. Try orienteering on the new course, staff will be on hand to help. Cost £3 per child, adults free. Suitable for children aged 5 to 14 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Earth Explorers Wanted! Fun Filled Activity Walk for Families
3 mile walk on easy terrain to discover a beautiful dale, with lots of activities aimed at children aged 5-11 years for the family to share. Meet by the playground in the centre of Middleton-by-Youlgreave (grid ref: SK195 632) (post code: DE45 1LS) Starts at 10.30am, ends at 3.30pm. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Wednesday 31 July

Family Fun Activity Walk in Tideswell Dale
2 mile walk on a surfaced trail for children and their families, with activities to explore nature along Tideswell Dale. Meet at Tideswell Dale car park, approx 1 mile south of Tideswell on B6049 (grid ref: SK154 742) (post code: SK17 8SS). Starts at 11am, ends at 2pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Creepy House
Join us to investigate the creatures you might find in a creepy house or in its creepy garden. At Gamesley Library, 2pm to 3.30pm. Discover the creepy stories about places in the National Park, write your own stories and make models of insects and creepy crawlies. A free event for children aged 5 to10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

National Parks Week family activities drop in
Crafts and activities for families at a drop in event, 1pm to 5pm, at Castleton Visitor Centre. National Parks are for all to enjoy. Come and find out what the Peak District National Park has for you and maybe sign up to take part in the Peak District Award. Free event for all the family.

Thursday 1 August

Introduction to Mountain Biking
11 mile off road route, on easy terrain with an introduction to bike handling, maintenance and navigation. Meet at Derwent Cycle Hire by Fairholmes Visitor Centre. From the A57 where the road crosses the Ladybower Reservoir, follow the brown tourist sign to Derwent Valley Dams, then to Fairholmes (grid ref: SK172 893) (post code: S33 0AQ). Starts at 11am, ends at 3pm. Bring bike and helmet or hire from Cycle Hire. Children under 14 to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

A Stroll Through Hurdlow Flower Meadows
1¼ mile walk to see the wildflowers at Hurdlow meadows; the largest unimproved meadow site on the White Peak's limestone plateau. Learn about flowers, conservation and folklore with ranger Steven Bell. One stile and some steps. Meet at Hurdlow car park, quarter of a mile from the A515 at Sparklow on the High Peak Trail (grid ref: SK127 659) (post code: SK17 9QT). Starts at 1.30pm, ends at 4pm. Booking not required.

Creepy House
Join us to investigate the creatures you might find in a creepy house or in its creepy garden. At Hadfield Library, 2pm to 3.30pm. Discover the creepy stories about places in the National Park, write your own stories and make models of insects and creepy crawlies. A free event for children aged 5 to10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 2 August

Creepy House
Join us to investigate the creatures you might find in a creepy house or in its creepy garden. At Hayfield Library, 2pm to 3.30pm. Discover the creepy stories about places in the National Park, write your own stories and make models of insects and creepy crawlies. A free event for children aged 5 to10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 3 August

Lathkill Trail with Natural England
Explore Lathkill Dale's variety of trails. Follow an un-nature trail, try a scavenger hunt with a difference, make your way through the woods blindfolded and try a treasure hunt using a handheld GPS device. At Lathkill Dale National Nature Reserve. Drop in any time between 11am and 4pm. To reach the event base, park in Over Haddon car park (charge), follow the lane down the side of this to the reserve entrance and then keep going along the track for about ¼ mile. A free, family event with activities for children aged 4 to 15 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tissington Trail-Riders Family Cycle Ride
4.5 mile gentle cycle ride with a Ranger along the Tissington Trail to Hartington Station and back, with family activities for children aged 6 to 12 years. Meet at Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre (grid ref: SK146 637) (post code: SK17 0DG). Starts at 1pm, ends at 5pm. Bring a drink, suitable clothing and footwear. Cycle helmets must be worn. Minimum age 6years. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Heather and Grouse
9 mile walk to look at the traditional moorland management of Kinder Scout. Strenuous, with steep ascents. Meet at Bowden Bridge car park. From Church Street in Hayfield, turn onto Kinder Road at the chemists, follow the road for 1 mile, Bowden Bridge car park is on the left (grid ref: SK048 869) (post code: SK22 2LE). Starts at 10.30am, ends at 5pm. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Sunday 4 August

Family Fun Day
At Castleton Visitor Centre (post code S33 8WP), from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free, family fun activities and demonstrations for all ages and abilities: Peak Cycle Hire range of special bicycles, free bike maintenance advice and fastest 500 metres on a stationary bike challenge! Try drystone walling and moorland fire fighting skills with National Park rangers. Discover creatures that live in and alongside rivers with the Learning and Discovery Team. Plus Hope Valley geo-caching trail. Get involved in local conservation projects with Peak Park Conservation Volunteers. Meet local Mountain Rescue teams. Look through Sheffield Astronomical Society's sun and daytime sky telescopes. Blue Badge Guide history walk £3. Photographic exhibition and photography advice from Peak District Photography Gallery. Cake sale.

A tale of two visitor centres
6 mile walk with a ranger from the visitor centre at Castleton to the Moorland Visitor Centre at Edale along the ancient coffin path between the two villages. Follow the historic route over Losehill Ridge to the Moorland Centre. Choice of return routes; over ridge via Mam Tor, or a short train ride to Hope. Meet at Castleton Visitor Centre (grid ref: SK149 829) (post code: S33 8WP). Starts at 12 noon, ends at 5pm. Bring money for train ticket. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Wild Flowers around Millers Dale
4 mile walk to discover wildflowers, with one short ascent and descent. Meet at Millers Dale Old Station car park. Take the minor road signposted to Wormhill off the B6049 at Millers Dale, go under the bridge and the car park is on the left. (grid ref: SK138 732) (post code: SK17 8SN). Starts at 10am, ends at 1pm. Can be combined with the 'Summer Saunter' walk for a full day's walk. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Summer Saunter around Chee Dale
5 mile walk with beautiful views. Includes one steep climb, fields, stiles, a steep descent, and riverside path. Meet at Millers Dale Old Station car park. Take the minor road signposted to Wormhill off the B6049 at Miller's Dale, go under the bridge and the car park is on the left. (grid ref: SK138 732) (post code: SK17 8SN). Starts at 2pm, ends at 5pm. Booking essential: 01629 816 211 between 10am and 4.30pm.

Waymarkers of the Eastern Moors
10 mile challenging walk on Big Moor to identify guide stoops and learn about old transport methods, on steep upland terrain and exposed moorland. Meet at Nether End car park at Baslow (grid ref: SK258 721) (post code: DE45 1SR). Starts at 11am, ends at 5pm. Booking not required.

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