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Peak District to celebrate birthday

Posted 8 April 2011
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Peak District to celebrate birthday
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The Peak District is to mark 60 years since its formation this month by inviting people to put on their hiking boots and go walking in the area.

As the anniversary of the designation of Britain's oldest national park is Sunday April 17th, the park authority has declared a day of celebration that it wants the public to participate in by joining in one of its commemorative events.

These include eight walks over the weekend, varying from gentle strolls to a 12-trig hike across some of the highest summits in the national park.

People who want to learn how to get the most out of their Ordnance Survey maps can enjoy one walk that will include instruction on how to navigate.

And there is a chance to have some fun on mountain bikes in the Diamond Cycling Sunday event in Bakewell, run by the Pedal Peak District project.

The formation of the national parks in Britain came after an access campaign that included the famous 1932 great trespass on Kinder Scout, which was then private land.

Nowadays, visitors to the national park can roam all over the moor, which includes its highest point at 2,088 ft.