National park rangers will lead the events in the Peak District

National park rangers will lead the events in the Peak District

National park rangers are encouraging people to walk off their festive excess with a series of events in the outdoors.

Booking has opened for ranger-led activities in the Peak District which begin later this month.

The park authority said the events are aimed at helping more people to enjoy the special landscape and improve their fitness.

This year’s schedule starts on 17 January with Business As Usual, a five-mile guided walk in Monsal Dale.

The following week, on 24 January, there will be an intermediate navigation walk at Dove Stone, giving people who have already completed the beginner course the chance to hone their skills using a compass and route card.

Alternatively, visitors can enjoy spectacular views on Northern Exposure, an eight-mile winter walk along Kinder Scout’s northern edges.

The programme also provides the opportunity for groups to book personalised events, including aircraft wreck walks, bat experience evenings, mountain bike skills and orienteering.

Ranger Andy Farmer said: “It’s a big step forward for us to be able to offer online bookings and we hope it will persuade more people to join us.

“Our rangers have a wealth of knowledge about their patch and are always keen to share their stories and encourage people to enjoy the countryside.

“We have organised a varied programme to start the new year and the walks should appeal to people who are new to the area, want to visit somewhere different, need fresh air and exercise, or want to learn more about a place they love.”

Money raised from ticket sales is used to help maintain paths and trails in the Peak District national park.

Bookings can be made on the Peak District authority’s website or by phone on 01629 816200 on weekdays and 01629 816572 or 01629 813227 at weekends.

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