RESIDENTS and visitors in the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to enjoy all that the area has to offer through the winter months.
On fine wintry days the national park offers fantastic opportunities for pastimes such as cycling, walking, photography and wildlife watching.
Even on wet days there are many cafes, shops, pubs, visitor centres and other attractions to discover in the Peak District's welcoming villages and towns.
Armchair visitors can discover more about the national park at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk and www.visitpeakdistrict.com
Here's a starter for 2014:
1. Build a bird box or feeder: Celebrate National Next Box Week at the Moorland Centre, Edale. Saturday and Sunday February 15 and 16 at 11am until 3pm. Find out how to feed wild birds "on the cheep" and create bird feeders from recycled items. Booking essential 01629 816211. http://bit.ly/19MJXeC
2. Camp: Brave the elements and camp at North Lees campsite, near Hathersage, open for winter camping on Friday and Saturday nights, then every night from March 22 to November 2. Tents only, best for small tents.
An ideal base for Stanage http://bit.ly/1lCsKqB
3. Cave in: Go down a cavern – see stalagmites and stalactites in Castleton, Hope Valley, where there also lots of cafes, pubs, gift shops and a Peak District National Park Visitor Centre in the heart of the village http://bit.ly/1coLMLE.
4. Cook: Take a cookery course with a difference – try culinary adventures at the Tideswell School of Food: from fishing, foraging and shooting to preparing, cooking and serving your catch http://tideswellschooloffood.co.uk
5. Cycle: Or walk or horse-ride through old railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail – 8.5 miles of beautiful scenery along an old railway route between Bakewell and Wyedale near Buxton http://bit.ly/KnUinO.
6. Steam ahead: Take a weekend trip on a steam train between Rowsley and Matlock.www.peakrail.co.uk.
For more wintry delights on offer to take part in The Peak District, go online to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk.