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Celebrate 2014 with 14 things to do in the Peak District National Park this winter

This is an archived press release

Friday 3 January 2014

view of Stanage Edge and moorland

Residents and visitors in the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to enjoy all that the area has to offer through the winter months.

On fine wintry days the national park offers fantastic opportunities for pastimes such as cycling, walking, photography and wildlife watching.

Even on wet days there are many cafes, shops, pubs, visitor centres and other attractions to discover in the Peak District's welcoming villages and towns.

Armchair visitors can discover more about the national park at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk and www.visitpeakdistrict.com.

Here's a starter for 2014:

1. Build a bird box or feeder
Celebrate National Next Box Week at the Moorland Centre, Edale. Saturday and Sunday February 15/16, 11am to 3pm, find out how to feed wild birds "on the cheep cheap" and create bird feeders from recycled items. Booking essential 01629 816211 http://bit.ly/19MJXeC

2. Camp
Brave the elements and camp at North Lees campsite, near Hathersage, open for winter camping on Friday and Saturday nights, then every night from March 22 to November 2. Tents only, best for small tents. An ideal base for Stanage http://bit.ly/1lCsKqB

3. Cave in
Go down a cavern – see stalagmites and stalactites in Castleton, Hope Valley, where there also lots of cafes, pubs, gift shops and a Peak District National Park Visitor Centre in the heart of the village http://bit.ly/1coLMLE

4. Cook
Take a cookery course with a difference – try culinary adventures at the Tideswell School of Food: from fishing, foraging and shooting to preparing, cooking and serving your catch http://tideswellschooloffood.co.uk

5. Cycle
Or walk or horse-ride through old railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail – 8.5 miles of beautiful scenery along an old railway route between Bakewell and Wyedale near Buxton http://bit.ly/KnUinO

6. Delve into the past
At Archaeology Day 2014, a day-long series of lectures on Peak District and Derbyshire archaeological projects over the past year. At the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Sat Jan 11, book on 01246 345777 http://bit.ly/JNrHru

7. Eat, drink and be merry
Try seasonal locally-brewed beers in a traditional pub – visit Bradfield, home of the Bradfield Brewery which owns the Nags Head Inn, a mile down the road in Loxley www.bradfieldbrewery.co.uk Tour de France cyclists will whizz through Bradfield on July 6.

8. Learn and discover
At Longdendale environmental centre: Sunday February 2, 1.30 to 3.30pm, den building, and Sunday March 2, 1.30 to 3.30pm, dissecting owl pellets http://bit.ly/1a3IQaY

9. Mountain bike
Burn off those extra Christmas calories on a mountain bike with spectacular reservoir and woodland views. Derwent cycle hire is open every weekend from 10am and open every day from Saturday February 15 http://bit.ly/19LA4ei

10. Navigate
Navigation skill training – Learn a new skill or brush up your navigating knowledge! Without compasses on Saturday January 11 (Edale) and Saturday March 22 (Trentabank). With compasses on Saturday February 8 (Fairholmes), Sunday March 9 (Grindleford Station), Saturday March 22 (Edale) and Sunday March 23 (Dove Stone). Booking essential 01629 816211 http://bit.ly/19MJXeC

11.    Steam ahead
Take a trip on a steam train – with Peak Rail. Regular weekend trips Jan-March between Rowsley and Matlock www.peakrail.co.uk

12. Volunteer
Want to give a bit back to the national park in 2014? Have a look at the opportunities for volunteering at http://bit.ly/KmpqnO

13. Walk with a National Park Ranger
For winter wanders up hill and down dale in January, February and March, check out guided walks with a National Park Ranger. Booking essential on 01629 816211 http://bit.ly/19MJXeC

14. Watch wildlife
Look for mountain hares at Derwent Edge – Sunday March 2, 11am to 3pm. 5 miles walk from Fairholmes visitor centre. Booking essential 01629 816211 http://bit.ly/19MJXeC
See the largest heronry in the Peak District – on the shores of Trentabank Reservoir in the Macclesfield Forest. Also ravens and other birds of prey, red deer, goldeneye and goosander http://bit.ly/JwjIzq

This is an archived press release

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