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Peak offering hare-raising hike

Posted 28 February 2012
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With spring almost here, the mad March hares will soon be out in force and the Peak District National Park Authority is offering a ranger-led walk across Derbyshire's highest mountain to see some.

The walking safari will be held on March 17th, starting at the Moorland Visitor Centre in Edale at 10:45 and lasting until 16:30.

It will cover more than 11 miles as it climbs steeply up and then crosses the 2,088 ft plateau in search of hares and is therefore an outing for experienced and well-equipped walkers.

Participants are advised to bring walking boots, waterproofs, outdoor clothing and a packed lunch.

The hares on the plateau bear a white winter coat, before moulting and adopting a brown colour for the summer.

Hares differ from rabbits in living permanently above ground and giving birth to young that are fully furred and sighted right away, so they can fend for themselves and not need protective cover.

They are also less sociable than their smaller cousins.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801304774-ADNFCR