This is an archived press release
Monday 20 July 2015
Families, cyclists, walkers… in fact anyone who enjoys the countryside, are invited to discover more about national parks by going for a walk with a ranger, taking part in a wildlife-spotting challenge or hunting for mini-beasts.
National Parks Week, the annual celebration of national parks’ natural beauty, diversity and outdoor recreation, runs from July 27 to August 2 with events dedicated to raising awareness of Britain’s 15 national parks and bring people closer to nature.
In Britain, national parks are areas of specially protected countryside that everyone can visit for a great day out or to stay for longer, where people live, work and shape the landscape.
This year’s National Parks Week theme is ‘Landscapes of Plenty’ and the Peak District has plenty of family friendly activities for people to enjoy.
Cllr Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “There is so much to celebrate in our national parks from inspirational landscapes to fabulous local food and drink, and there are plenty of opportunities to discover new places and find things to do.”
People can call in at national park visitor centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Fairholmes for information on what to do in the area.
Find out more about National Parks Week events in the Peak District.
For events in other national parks visit the National Parks England website.
National Parks Week 2015 events
Tuesday July 28
Earth Explorers Wanted! A Fun-filled Activity Walk for Families
10.30am to 3.30pm This is a family friendly 3 mile walk on easy terrain to discover a beautiful dale. The activities are designed for children aged 5-11 to share with their families. Meet by the playground in the village centre of Middleton by Youlgrave. Grid ref: SK195 632. Post code for satnav: DE45 1LS. Booking is essential on 01629 816270. Cost: people can donate when booking, or give a cash or cheque to the walk leader on the day.
Saturday August 1
Warslow Moors and the Noon Day Sun
10.30am to 4pm Enjoy a 7 mile walk on infrequently used paths through the Warslow Moors, one of the lesser known areas of the Peak District National Park, and visit Noon Sun Farm. There are some steep ascents on moorland paths, and the walking is strenuous. Meet at Rock Inn public house, Upper Hulme, near Leek. From A53 Leek to Buxton road follow signs for public house. Grid Ref: SK013 609. Post code for satnav: ST13 8TY. Booking is essential on 01629 816270. Cost: £5 per person.
Lathkill Dale - Species Spotter Challenge
11am to 4pm Drop in at any time and see how many different living things can be spotted in a summer's day in Lathkilldale. People will receive a bronze, silver or gold 'species spotter' certificate depending on the number of different plants and animals they find. National park staff and Natural England volunteers will be on hand to help with identification and recording. Suitable for adults and children age 5+. The event base is in the central part of the dale where the woodlands meet the open grasslands; a location chosen to maximise the chance to see a variety of plants and animals. No booking required, just turn up to this free event.
Sunday August 2
Stroll through Hurdlow Flower Meadows
1.30pm to 4pm This is a gentle walk, just over 1 mile, to enjoy the wild flowers as far as the eye can see at Hurdlow meadows, the largest unimproved meadow site on the White Peak limestone plateau. People will be able to find out about wild flowers, conservation and folklore, with ranger Steven Bell. There is one stile and some steps. Meet at Hurdlow car park on the High Peak Trail. Grid ref: SK127 659. Post code for satnav: SK17 9QT. Booking is essential on 01629 816270. Cost: £3 per person. Family tickets are available. Under fives are free.