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Half term fun in the Peak District

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

Autumn art in the forestMake the most of the half term holiday with a packed programme of family events in the Peak District National Park.

You can take the family on patrol with a ranger, develop your artistic talents in the heart of the forest, brave the ghostly goings on at Castleton for Halloween or learn while you ride on a guided cycle tour of the White Peak.

The fun starts on Saturday October 25 with a five-mile walk on patrol with one of the national park's rangers from the Millers Dale Old Station car park. Families will get the chance to explore the landscape of the White Peak, help with some tasks and learn basic navigation skills.

Discover the beauty of an Agden autumn on the same day, with an eight-mile walk around Bradfield village and Agden Rocher. Although the event is suitable for families, it does include steep climbs and some stiles.

If art is more your thing, head for Macclesfield Forest on Tuesday October 28 to brush up your skills. The three-hour Autumn Art event will use natural materials and the great outdoors for inspiration.

Also on October 28, there is a taste of things to come with a spooktacular 15-mile guided circular cycle ride, starting and ending in Ashbourne and visiting  Alsop, Thorpe and Mapleton. Fancy dress is optional and the ride (3-4 hours) includes a visit to the Edward & Vintage sweet shop in Ashbourne for trick or treat delights.

Stanage Edge is the setting for a family activity trail on Thursday October 30, discovering birds, plants and some of the most spectacular views around (not suitable for buggies).

Creepy Castleton is the place to be this Halloween with a short trail exploring the village's amazing apparitions and ghostly goings on, plus lots of themed activities on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1.

Also on Saturday November 1, join ranger Kevin Gilfedder on a Fungus Foray around the Upper Derwent Woodlands or take a guided 15-mile cycle ride around the Pilsbury Castle Circuit from Parsley Hay with stops along the way to learn about the local history of the area (4 hours).

Visitor centres in Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Upper Derwent are open throughout the holiday for tips on where to go and what to see, along with cycle hire centres in Ashbourne (01335 343156), Derwent (01433 651261) and Parsley Hay (01298 84493).

Walk with a Ranger, Saturday October 25 (11am-4pm)
Meet Millers Dale old station car park, £8 per person, family tickets available, under-fives free. Booking essential, call 01629 816211.

Agden Autumn, Saturday October 25 (11am-5pm)
Meet Sands car park, Low Bradfield (nr cricket pitch). You can donate when booking or give cash/cheques to walk leader on the day. Booking essential, 01629 816211.

Autumn Art, Tuesday October 28 (1-4pm)
Meet Trentabank Ranger Station.  Set time slots, £5 per child, adults and under-fours free. Booking essential, 01629 816211.

Spooktacular cycle ride, Tuesday October 28 (10am, 3-4 hours)
Meet your spooksperson Ian at Mapleton Lane car park. 3-4 hours. Fancy dress optional. Booking essential, call 01298 84493.

Wild about Stanage, Thursday October 30 (11am-3pm)
Meet Hollins Bank car park.  Small charge for activities. No need to book.

Creepy Castleton, Friday October 31-Saturday November 1 (11am-4pm)
Castleton Visitor Centre.  Small charge for activities. No need to book.

Fungus Foray, Saturday November 1 (11am-4pm)
Meet Fairholmes Visitor Centre.  You can donate when booking or give cash/cheques to walk leader on the day. Booking essential, 01629 816211.

Guided cycle ride around the Pilsbury Castle Circuit, Saturday November 1 (10am-2pm)
Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre.  £10 adults, £8 under-16s (half price if hiring a standard bike from the centre). Booking essential, call 01298 84493.

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