Television presenter Julia Bradbury is encouraging walkers of all ages and abilities to get into their stride during the popular Peak District Walking Festival.
Julia – who is President of both The Camping and Caravanning Club and Friends of the Peak District – has pledged her support to persuade visitors and residents to explore of the area’s most stunning and specially-protected landscapes.
More than 90 events – ranging from easy one-mile village trails to longer, more demanding routes across rugged countryside – will be staged between April 26 and May 11.
“It’s especially significant to me that the Festival’s taking place in the Peak District, which I consider to be ‘home ground’,” said Julia. “My father was born here, and I’ve been enjoying walking in this beautiful area since I was six years old.”
Bookings can now be made for a wide variety of guided walks – many on themes as diverse as aircraft wrecks, industrial heritage, photography and wildlife, plus relaxing strolls taking in cream teas and real ales.
Highlights include a two-day Dark Peak walking holiday, a guided walk around Tissington Estate led by its owner Sir Richard FitzHerbert, a photographic walk in the atmospheric ‘Plague Village’ of Eyam and a wildlife walk in the Wye valley with breathtaking views.
Both favourite routes and new challenges feature in this year’s programme – which also includes the chance to try other outdoor activities, such as abseiling, rock climbing, rock scrambling, trail and fell running.
“The Peak District Walking Festival heralds the start of a series that is set to run throughout the spring and autumn in different areas of our destination, offering both visitors and local people the opportunity to explore and enjoy our beautiful and diverse countryside,” said David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.
“Many of the walks are free, and you don’t have to be a hardened hiker to join in the fun – there are plenty of easy options to suit people of all ages, fitness levels and interests.
“There’s so much to see and do, it’s worth considering booking a short break or longer holiday to make the most of our superb variety of landscapes, from rare moorland habitats and majestic limestone dales to leafy woodlands and vibrant towns and villages.”
Full details of events during the Peak District Walking Festival – including details of how to book – are now available in a printed programme, which can be ordered online or downloaded at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/pdwf, and can be picked up at tourist information centres and visitor centres in and around the area.
Hundreds of accommodation options – from cosy pubs and campsites to comfortable hotels and B&Bs – can be found on www.visitpeakdistrict.com – where visitors can check instant availability and book online.
Other walking festivals in 2014 are:
- Chesterfield Area Walking Festival, May 10 to 18
- Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Walks Festival, May 17 – 26
- The National Forest Walking Festival, including the launch of the new 75 miles long National Forest Way, May 17 to 29
- Autumn Footprints – the Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival, September 13 – 28
- The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival, September 7 to 22
- Bollington Walking Festival, October 18 to 26
For further information, contact Janette Sykes, PR Manager at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, on 07792 924839 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Accompanying digital images are attached for print media. Captions: April 2012 Julia BF: Television presenter Julia Bradbury, who is supporting the Peak District walking Festival 2014. (Please credit Clara Moldon); Roaces 30 Nov 2013: Striding out on The Roaches, one of the Peak District’s most popular walking spots.
The Peak District Walking Festival is co-ordinated by the alliance of High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and the Peak District National Park Authority, with support from Visit Peak District & Derbyshire. Its main sponsor is Hi-Tec, with additional contributions from The Camping and Caravanning Club, The Pavilion Gardens Buxton and 93ft.
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.