Peak District bosses want the public to get outdoors in the park to mark the anniversary

Peak District bosses want the public to get outdoors in the park to mark the anniversary

A weekend of outdoor celebrations will mark the diamond jubilee of Britain’s first national park.

The boss of the Peak District National Park Authority urged the public to walk, cycle, climb, sail or ride a horse on the weekend of the anniversary.

The authority is organising a number of events but chief executive Jim Dixon said people can also do their own thing.

He said: “National parks are for everyone. We want people to join us in our 60th anniversary celebrations and enjoy the events being offered throughout the Peak District.

“Whether you take part in an organised event or go out under your own steam for a walk, bike-ride, horse-ride, climb or sail, the main thing is that everyone takes the opportunity to appreciate this much-loved landscape.”

The anniversary will be on Sunday 17 April, but walks are being organised by the authority both on the Sunday and on Saturday.

Mr Dixon said: “Sixty years ago the Peak District became Britain’s first national park protecting the landscape for current and future generations to enjoy.

“Since then the area’s natural beauty and all it offers has inspired and transformed the lives of thousands of residents and millions of visitors.”

The authority said it works to safeguard and promote the Peak District’s special environment and ways of life and encourages people to make the most of the great outdoors.

Cycling, bird watching and special walks with cake stops are on the list of events. Walks range from a charity challenge launched by former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom to the free Big Moor Navigation Guided Walk on which participants can pick up map and compass hints from rangers.

The Three Cakes Challenge is a 5km (3-mile) stroll along the Monsal Trail between Thornbridge Hall and Hassop Station cafe and back, with cake at each stop. Organisers say it is ideal for those with babies and toddlers.

More details of the events are on the Peak District National Park website.

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