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A special place to watch a special race – help look after the national park

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 4 June 2014

The Peak District National Park is a special place to watch the Tour de France – so please help look after it.

That is the message to spectators from the Peak District National Park Authority, which is pleased to welcome the world's greatest cycle-race as it travels from York to Sheffield on Sunday July 6.

One of the Peak District highlights will be Holme Moss summit – one of cycling's toughest challenges – a long climb over high sweeping moorland that carries points for the "King of the Mountains" title. Like many spots on the 18-mile route through the national park, it is a spectacular landscape that is specially protected for its wildlife, heritage and scenic beauty.

Jenny Waller, the Authority's co-ordinator for the Tour de France, said: "The Peak District National Park is a fantastic place to watch the race, but we ask people to take extra care to look after this beautiful, protected area.

"In particular please do not damage, stand or lean on dry stone walls – they are more than 100 years old, they are heritage features that still serve a useful purpose, and they are not held together with cement or mortar.

"Also remember to bring a bag for your litter and take it home – much of the moorland is protected for its animals, birdlife and plants, and litter not only looks unsightly, it's a hazard to them.

"Do not risk accidentally starting a wildfire by lighting campfires or barbecues, or dropping cigarette ends or glass that can ignite grass in strong sunlight. Wildfires are a threat to life and they damage precious habitats that can take years to recover.

"We just want everyone to have a great time and follow the old advice for looking after our beautiful countryside: 'Take only photographs, leave only footprints.'"

The racers and their heralding cavalcade on this second day of the Yorkshire Grand Départ, will enter the national park at Holme village, pass over Holme Moss, down the Woodhead Pass, on to Langsett and through the pretty village of High Bradfield before finishing in Sheffield.

People are urged to leave their car behind and access the area by cycle or public transport. Spectators can plan their visit on http://letour.yorkshire.com/ where there are maps, a spectator guide and information on spectator hubs and where to stay.

Information for local businesses and communities about timings, road closures, access and deliveries can be found on: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/letour

This is an archived press release

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