Enthusiastic walkers from both home and abroad flocked to the Peak District to enjoy a special weekend walking a new linear trail linking some of the area’s greatest landscapes.
People of all ages from as far afield as Durham, Cambridgeshire, Norwich, Somerset, Wales and even Germany joined in a Readers’ Walking Weekend staged by Country Walking magazine with support from Visit Peak District & Derbyshire.
Created to celebrate the 25th birthday of Britain’s best-selling walking magazine, the 27-mile route starts near Bakewell in the White Peak and ends at Hope in the Dark Peak – taking in some of the Peak District’s most beautiful countryside.
Monsal Head, Cressbrook Dale, Eyam, Sir William Hill, Hathersage, Stanage Edge and Win Hill were just some of the classic landmarks and villages they passed through along the way during a three-day weekend from June 15 to 17.
As well as encouraging walkers to savour some fabulous scenery, another main aim of the walk is to signpost pubs, cafes, tourist attractions and museums along the way.
Walkers dined in pubs such as the Red Lion at Litton, Yorkshire Bridge Inn at Bamford, the Miners’ Arms in Eyam and the Old Hall Hotel in Hope and visited attractions such as Eyam Hall Craft Centre and Eyam Museum. They stayed at B&Bs and campsites along the route, and the Country Walking team stayed at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn.
One of the highlights was a pub quiz with a special section of questions about the Peak District on the Saturday evening, at the Old Hall Hotel, Hope. Prizes were generously donated by Hi-Tec (Altitude IV WPi NT Enviro walking boots), Peak Ales on the Chatsworth Estate (a presentation pack of three beers) and Renishaw Hall & Gardens (a bottle each of the estate’s still and sparkling wines).
Nick Hallissey, deputy editor of Country Walking magazine, said the weekend had been a great success and had ended on a high note in blue skies and sunshine as the party progressed along Stanage Edge, Win Hill and Ladybower Reservoir to finish at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope: “The sun was sparkling on the water, and there were lots of oohs and aahs as it came into view – which definitely gave it the ‘Niagara factor’!”
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