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National Park staff go that extra mile

By Susan Hampshire on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Peak District National Park staff are going the extra mile to raise money for vital conservation work by tackling the 10 mile Dambusters race on Saturday June 30 around Derwent and Howden Reservoirs. Part of the money raised will go to the Mend our Mountains campaign started by the British Mountaineering Council in an effort to raise £1million for National Park footpath restoration work from the Cairngorms to Dartmoor. Choosing which footpaths would be repaired was hard enough. The next challenge was the fundraising. It was this thought that led Tia Crouch, senior research and monitoring officer at Moors for the Future Partnership, to decide to enter the Dambusters 10 mile race. `‘My family and I often visit the reservoirs and moors of the Peak District to spend time together in a peaceful place. When I heard about the Dambusters run, I thought the challenge would be a brilliant opportunity for the three of us to get fit together and raise money for a good cause. I’ve never really run before so training has been hard, but as a family we’re really enjoying it, with my son Leo, who’s four, cycling alongside me and my partner.’ Employees of the moorland conservation partnership and other staff in the Peak District National Park Authority will be running to raise funds for Cut Gate track repairs and also for The Great Ridge, which runs from Mam Tor to Lose Hill in the Hope Valley. Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority said:"The Peak District National Park is important to so many people. As the original national park, it was founded on fierce public belief that access to this special place should be open for all. The Mend our Mountains campaign reflects the phenomenal will today to ensure access to these special places is as sustainable as possible, safeguarding this access for future generations. The improvements to the Cut Gate path will help protect an iconic route across the moors of the Peak District National Park.’ The race organiser, Peakrunners, is kindly donating half of the Partnership participants’ race entry to the BMC campaign and staff will be pestering friends and family to donate to the campaign as well. If you have ever, like Tia, been mesmerised by the beauty and uniqueness of the Peak District National Park, please donate to the Mend our Mountains campaign and help to keep it special for many years to come. If you want to know more about healing the landscapes you love, visit the Mend our Mountains website https://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/ Runners will start at 9:30am on 30th June 2018 at Fairholmes near Ladybower Reservoir, passing the south end of Cut Gate path. Why not come and support them? There will be an opportunity find out more about just how vital the moors are, as well as fun activities and a chance to talk to the people involved.

Motorists warned of delays as Dambusters take flight

Monday, 07 May, 2018

Motorists could face long delays in the Peak District next week when thousands of people are expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of a Lancaster bomber aircraft in flight.

Amanda and Alison are kindred spirits in rescue team

Tuesday, 03 April, 2018

Kindred spirits in Kinder Mountain Rescue Team are Amanda Howlett and Alison Aldridge, two of five female hill team volunteers in this 50-strong squad. Their wish ‘to give something back’ means they don’t mind the 24/7, 365 commitment, their love of energetic outdoor sport keeps them at peak fitness, they enjoy the camaraderie and hope their example will encourage more women to join. Amanda, a solicitor, and Alison, an account manager, welcome the contrast to their desk-based professions and their rucksacks are always ready, heavy with personal hill kit, plus casualty shelter, sleeping bag, radio, signalling flares, stretcher and basic medical supplies.

Survey of Peak District birds to take flight

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

A head-count of birds that live on Peak District National Park moors will take place this summer, for the first time in 14 years.

Partnership celebrating 15 years of mending moorland at the heart of the UK

Sunday, 25 February, 2018

A team of organisations that helps beloved landscapes at the heart of the UK is celebrating its 15th anniversary with 15 unique events.

Kindred spirits in Kinder Mountain Rescue Team

By Avril Marsh on Tuesday, 05 December, 2017

Kindred spirits in Kinder Mountain Rescue Team are Amanda Howlett and Alison Aldridge, two of five female hill team volunteers in this 50-strong squad. Their wish ‘to give something back’ means they don’t mind the 24/7, 365 commitment, their love of energetic outdoor sport keeps them at peak fitness, they enjoy the camaraderie and hope their example will encourage more women to join.

Joy at proposal

Sunday, 05 November, 2017

After several years of pressure, Friends of the Peak District joined fellow campaigners, Peak District Green Lanes Alliance and Stoney Middleton Parish Council, to celebrate the decision by Derbyshire County Council to consult on the option of banning off-roaders from Jacob's Ladder, a quiet green lane in Stoney Middleton.

Gamesley Fold Cottage: Home to a springtime splendour of floral paradise

By Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead on Monday, 15 May, 2017

Spring is perhaps the best time to visit the garden at Gamesley Fold Cottage. The vibrant bloom of thriving plant life contrasts dramatically with the emerald vista of the Peak District basking under the warm spring sun, which surrounds this tranquil spot on the outskirts of Glossop.

Kinder Downfall 2017: An inspiring fell race over rugged Kinder Scout terrain

By Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead on Tuesday, 09 May, 2017

At the same time the London Marathon got underway, the High Peak had its own exciting race, the notoriously challenging Kinder Downfall Fell Race.

New lease of life for new-look pub

Sunday, 26 February, 2017

The Roebuck situated in High Peak in the Peak District is experiencing a new lease of life following an investment of more than £164,000 with National Pub Company, Punch.

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