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Help look after the National Park on Race Day

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 25 June 2014

'Respect, protect and enjoy' the environment is the message to Tour de France Grand Départ spectators when they watch the world's largest cycle race pedal through the Peak District National Park on Sunday July 6.

Spectators are expected to line the route as the legendary bike race takes the 18 miles stretch through the Peak District National Park and into Derbyshire on Stage Two of the race between York and Sheffield.

The beauty and challenge of the national park's landscape was a key factor in attracting race organiser ASO in their decision to bring the race to England and it will provide a spectacular backdrop but people need to remember that it is specially protected for its wildlife, heritage and natural beauty. Despite their rugged nature, the vast expanses of moorland, miles of drystone walls and acres of farmland are more fragile than they look.

Jenny Waller, the Authority's co-ordinator for the Tour de France, said: "We want people coming to see the race in the Peak District National Park to have a memorable and enjoyable time but also to be aware of their surroundings and follow the Countryside Code to respect, protect and enjoy the rural environment.

"By taking their litter home people show they respect the work of farmers, moorland owners and other land managers.

"By avoiding smoking and not lighting campfires or barbecues they are helping protect wildlife and habitats.

"By not leaning or climbing on drystone walls they are protecting local heritage.

"If everyone takes extra care to leave places as they find them they should have a safe, fun time in this living, working countryside and thoroughly enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Among the guidance being given is:

  • Take rubbish home or leave it in the bins provided
  • Walk on established footpaths and use gates, stiles or gaps in boundaries, avoid climbing over hedges and walls
  • Leave gates as you find them or close them where appropriate
  • Do not trespass onto private land
  • Stay away from machinery
  • Do not disturb animals or livestock
  • Avoid smoking in the countryside, be careful with cigarettes and flames
  • Only use barbecues in clearly designated areas
  • Follow directions and guidance from event stewards
  • Don't block gates, driveways or roads
  • Do not swim in open water even if it is a very hot day
  • Think carefully before bringing a dog, if you do keep them on a short lead and be aware dogs are not allowed on most heather moorland 
  • Campervans and tents should book into official camp sites to avoid being towed or moved on
  • Leave extra early and plan your journey avoiding road closures as there may be disruptions to your route

For all the latest news and information on the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ visit www.letouryorkshire.com  

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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