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National Park Week programme unveiled

Posted 16 July 2012
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National Park Week programme unveiled
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The Peak District National Park Authoprity has unveiled the programme of events to mark National Parks Week, which starts on July 29th.

While there are activities for all the family and plenty of chances to study the history, culture and ecology of the national park, those whose favouruite activities involve walking boots will be glad to learn there is a series of guided treks to enjoy.

On the opening day of the event there is a ranger guided walk from Fairholmes Visitor Centre to explore the forests of the Upper Derwent Valley, from 10:30 to 16:00 BST.

And on the final day (August 4th) there is a heather and grouse-themed moorland walk over Kinder Scout from Bowden Bridge Car park near Hayfield From 10:30 to 17:00 BST.

This is one of several walks that day, which also include an 11-mile moorland walk on land overlooking the Derwent Valley and a six-mile walk through the villages of Tissington and Bradbourne.

To finish off, there are three more walks on August 5th.

A five-mile wildlife walk near Gartington, a ten-mile moorland hike near Baslow tracing guide stoops and old transport methods and a seven-mile walk around Coombs Dale near Calver are also part of the programme.

Such walks are expected to be popular and participants will need to pre-book.

As the first national park in Britain, the Peak District may have more to celebrate than any other. The Kinder Trespass of 1932 has been credited by many as being a key milestone in the battle to create such areas for the public to enjoy.

Whatever the truth of that claim, the creation of the designated area in 1951 was soon followed by the establishment of extensive areas of access land, to an extent other national parks did not enjoy until the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

The Peak District covers 1,437 sq km in all, while national parks cover 9.3 per cent of England, 19.3 per cent of Wales and 7.2 per cent of Scotland.