PEAK DISTRICT COMES ALIVE WITH WALKING FESTIVAL

Walkers will put their best foot forward for charity this April in the first mass participation walk of its kind, when the Jane Tomlinson Walk For All comes to the Hope Valley during The Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival 2012.

Taking place on Sunday 29th April walkers from across Yorkshire and the Peak District will pull on their walking boots to take part in the Peak District’s biggest walk. With distances suitable for everyone, participants will have the opportunity to either take on a marathon challenge or simply enjoy a steady stroll with friends and family.

During the walk, over 2,000 people will take to the hills and enjoy the breath-taking views on the 24, 12 or 5 mile route, which takes in some of the Hope Valley’s most stunning scenery, including Jacob’s Ladder and Mam Tor.

The Peak District Walk follows the success of last year’s Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival in Settle, which saw 2,500 people enjoy the day. Thanks to support from official tourist board Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park, the Peak District Walk For All now joins the Dales Walk For All and the highly successful Run For All series in the Jane Tomlinson Appeal events calendar.

Sara Birkinshaw Events Director at Walk For All, said: “Jane Tomlinson herself studied in Sheffield, and the Peak District and particularly the Hope Valley were close to her heart. In looking for our next Walk For All, we knew that the Peak District would offer our supporters a stunning day out and also enable us to help a host of local South Yorkshire and Peak District charities.

“Our new Peak District Walk routes really do offer a true Walk For All – a day out in wonderful countryside that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their age and fitness levels.”

The Jane Tomlinson’s Walk For All will be the blue ribbon event in The Peak District Walking and Outdoor Festival 2012, co-ordinated each year by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire. The Festival, which will start on April 22 – two days before the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass, spans more than 120 events and walks across the area until May 6 – many of them free. The Mass Trespass will additionally be recognised with the ‘Kinder 80 – Trespass to Treasure’ celebrations that take place when the Jane Tomlinson Walk For All is held.

Keen walkers will also be able to lace up their boots for the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival from May 12 to 20, The National Forest Walking Festival from May 19 to 31 and Autumn Footprints – Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival, from September 8 to 23.David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak & Derbyshire said: “The Peak District is well known locally, nationally and globally for the huge choice and variety of walks and outdoor activities that people can enjoy amid its unique and internationally significant landscapes. This year will be extra-special for us, as it also marks the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass on April 24 – catalyst for our ‘right to roam’ Britain’s countryside.

“Our annual Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival is a fantastic showcase for everything from gentle strolls to geocaching using the very latest technology, and we are delighted that this year it will embrace Jane Tomlinson’s Walk for All, aimed at a wide range of age groups and abilities.”

By pulling on their walking boots for the Peak District Walk , many participants will be fundraising for one of the following event partner charities: Edale Mountain Rescue, Breast Cancer Campaign, Macmillan Cancer Care, Diabetes UK, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Heart Research UK, Friends of the Peak District, Cash for Kids and The Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The Peaks Walk For All is supported by a number of kind sponsors: Sheffield Hallam University, Northern Rail, Buxton Water, Yorkshire Post, Magic AM, Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park.

The Jane Tomlinson Walk For All Peak District Walk is open NOW for entries at http://www.forallevents.co.uk.

The Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival is sponsored by Hi-Tec, Large Outdoors, The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Peak Pursuits, Sprayway and Trekmates. Full details – including information about how to book – are now listed in the new Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival programme, which can be ordered or viewed online at http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com or picked up from tourist information centres in and around the area.

ENDS

Notes to Editor For more information please contact press@forallevents.co.uk / 0113 216 2064

Information on where your entry fee goes, and entry for each walk is available at http://www.forallevents.co.uk, with prices as follows: 24 mile – £26 | 13 mile – £20 | 5 mile – £8

An accompanying high resolution image is attached. Caption: Mike Tomlinson, Walk for All (front row, far right), with supporters and charity partners at the Jane Tomlinson Walk for All Peak District Walk launch in the Hope Valley on Thursday January 5. Among those joining him were David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire (back row,7th from left) and Tony Favell, Chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority (back row, 8th from left).

About the Jane Tomlinson Appeal

All profits from Run For All, Swim For All and Walk For All go directly to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and other partner charities, which vary between events and where they are located. To date the charity has raised over £3.5million and is now working its way towards its next target of £5 million.

Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All was set up by Jane Tomlinson and her family in 2007 to stand as her fundraising legacy. Jane Tomlinson CBE (1964 -2007) from Leeds was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2000. Despite her pain and illness, Jane participated in a number of high profile endurance challenges to raise money for charity, including a number of marathons, and Ironman Triathlon and a 4,800 mile bike ride across America. Before her death in September 2007 she had raised £1.85million for charity.

About Visit Peak District & Derbyshire

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board – works with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, Derbyshire County Council, all local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. It is committed to the successful and sustainable development of tourism.

For further details, visit http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com or contact Janette Sykes, PR Manager, on 07792 924839 or at janette.sykes@visitpeakdistrict.com.

For more information about the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass and special events to celebrate it, visit http://www.kindertrespass.com.

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