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Peak District National Park is holding s series of events for all the family to celebrate National Parks Week as the school holidays start

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

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People are being encouraged to discover more about national parks by taking a nature safari, going on a mini-beast hunt, cycling on beautiful trails, or walking with a national park ranger.

National Parks Week is on from Monday July 28 to Sunday August 3, with events dedicated to raising awareness of Britain’s 15 National Parks. This annual celebration of national parks’ beauty, diversity and opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment is a chance for people to find out what national parks offer.

The Peak District National Park’s celebrations are located in some of its most beautiful places and include guided walks, cycle rides and family activities to bring people closer to nature.

Clr Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “There is a lot to celebrate in our national parks from picturesque villages to inspirational landscapes, rare birds and plants to stone circles and historic buildings – if people aren’t used to visiting the countryside, National Parks Week is a super way of discovering new places and things to do.”

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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.

The Peak District was Britain’s first national park, designated in 1951, for its natural beauty, wildlife and heritage.

Clr Lesley Roberts said: “The theme of the week is ‘Space to Grow’ so we hope to see lots of families with children and young people coming along to find out what a great time they can have in the Peak District.”

For Peak District National Park events go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/npweek

For events in other national parks visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk

PEAK DISTRICT EVENTS IN NATIONAL PARKS WEEK July 28 – August3, 2014

Wednesday July 30

Beetles, Bugs, Boatmen and Bloodsuckers 1.00pm to 4.00pm (3 hours)

Find creepy crawlies and water creatures in the wildlife garden and ponds. Make a model mini-beasts to take home. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Longendale. Meet in Longdendale Environmental Centre on the A628 at the eastern end of Tintwistle village (free parking).

Limited places - bookings on 01629 816211.

Cost: Set time slot; £5 per child – accompanying adults and under 4's free

Thursday July 31

Town to Tissington 10.00am to 4.30pm (6 hours and 30 minutes)

Cycle from town to country with this family activity trail starting at Ashbourne Cycle Hire Centre.

Bring a bike or hire one. The route is an easy eight miles in total, along the traffic-free Tissington Trail. Spot wild flowers and explore Tissington village using a photo trail before heading back to play 'Pooh sticks' on the River Bradbourne and ride into the spooky tunnel. Family activities at the Cycle Hire Centre.

Parking: Pay & display car park at the Cycle Hire Centre on Mapleton Road.

No need to book, just drop in.

Cost: £3 per trail guide; small charge for individual activities at event base.

Saturday August 2

Heather and Grouse 10.30am to 5.00pm (6 hours and 30 minutes)

9 mile walk to look at the traditional moorland management of Kinder Scout. Strenuous, with steep ascents. Meet at Bowden Bridge car park. From Church Street in Hayfield, turn onto Kinder Road at the chemists, follow the road for 1 mile, Bowden Bridge car park is on the left (GR: SK048 869) (PC: SK22 2LE).

Booking essential on 01629 816211.

Cost: Donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives free.

Elephant in the Park! A Ganesha Story Telling Walk 11.00am to 3.00pm (4 hours)

2 mile walk. Exploring Hindu stories from the mists of time on the elephant-God Ganesha, to mark the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Chosen for their 'green themes', these stories use the features of the National Park and its landscape to bring them alive, using story- telling and pictures. Follows paths and tracks with some ascents. Meet at Grindleford Railway Station. Parking on nearby station approach road. (SK250 788) (S32 2JA). Start 11am, finish 3pm. Please bring £1.70 for return rail fare. Suitable for families. Assistance dogs only.

Booking essential on 01629 816211.

Cost: Donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives free.

Mini Safari on the Monsal Trail 11.00am to 3.30pm (4 hours and 30 minutes)

A day of activities on the Monsal Trail for children and their families. Drop in to Miller's Dale Old Station for an exploration of nature! (GR: SK138 732) (PC:SK17 8SN) From B6049, at Millers Dale take the road to Wormhill, the car park is on the left after 200 metres. Opens 11am, closes 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied. Suitable for families, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Booking is not required.

Cost: Charges for activities.

Sunday August 3

Dymynsdale – Legends of a Lost Time 10.00am to 4.30pm (6 hours and 30 minutes)

6.5 mile walk through village, dale and woodland, hearing about ancient legends, old customs and some new discoveries. Some steep and uneven paths, occasional stiles. Meet at the church at Ashford in the Water (GR: SK195 697) (PC: DE45 1QG).

Booking essential on 01629 816211.

Cost: £8 per person

Crowden Horseshoe 10.30am to 4.30pm (6 hours)

11 mile walk visiting Black Hill, Laddow rocks and Lads leap, over high moorland, on rough terrain. Meet Crowden car park, 3 miles east of Tintwistle on the A628 Woodhead Pass. (GR: SK073 993) (PC: SK13 1HZ).

Booking essential on 01629 816211.

Cost: Donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives free.

Discover the National Park 11.00am to 4.00pm (5 hours)

Discover what the Peak District National Park can offer through activities for all the family including dipping for water creatures in the millstream.

Explore the beautiful Hope Valley by following a geocaching trail which is available to download or can be purchased from the Visitor Centre, from where GPS units can be hired (for a £20 deposit payable by cash or card and refundable on return of the unit). Suitable for children and adults from 8 to 80+.

Location: Castleton. Pay & display car park adjacent to Castleton Visitor Centre.

No need to book, drop in.

Cost: £2 per trail guide; small charge per activity at the event base; £20 deposit required for hire of GPS units.

Waymarkers of the Eastern Moors 11.00am to 5.00pm (6 hours)

10 mile challenging walk on Big Moor to identify guide stoops and learn about old transport methods, on steep upland terrain and exposed moorland. Meet Nether End car park at Baslow (GR: SK258 721) (PC: DE45 1SR).

Booking essential on 01629 816211.

Cost: Donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives free.

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