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Many residents will be familiar with the Limestone Way that traverses through Parwich but few will realise that 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of its formal adoption as a long distance walking route. Much of the path has been used for 100s of years but it was only in 1970 that the route gained recognition as a long distance path. The trend to recognise such paths gave rise to the formation of the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) in 1972. To mark the 50th anniversary of the path the LDWA have been looking for ways improve the walker experience and facilities along the route. As you are no doubt aware the recent activity by OpenReach around the area has resulted in upgrades to cabling into the village with fibre optics, FTTC and FTTP technologies and the new GFast making the old telephone exchange obsolete. BT and OpenReach estimate that the exchange will no longer be needed from late 2019. This has presented the LDWA in partnership with the National Park, Derby Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands councils the opportunity to provide a much needed new facility along the Limestone Way without the need for new building work in a conservation area. According to information on display in the National Park office in Bakewell the telephone exchange will be converted into an information centre providing an exhibition of the history of the limestone way, a small franchised coffee shop and ladies/gents toilet facilities. The latter particularly important for the large number of young families and older ramblers passing through the village since the closure of the public facilities on Creamery Lane.
There are also plans to involve villages along the route in celebratory events throughout 2020.

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Eroica Britannia is keen to help local residents of Derbyshire enjoy the experience of the vintage bike ride and associated festival. This year the organisers are pleased to offer a special promotion to local residents. If the promotional code PCDISCOUNT2018 is entered onto the website when booking a Tier 2 three-day adult festival pass then the price is reduced by 50% to £17.50. (Note: this code expires on the 13th April). Remember Kids aged 12 and under are FREE

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Nordic Walking Anyone?

Nordic Walking in the Derbyshire Dales

 Derbyshire Dales District Council is planning to add Nordic Walking to its popular Walking for Health programme this spring.

 A series of one-hour taster sessions for the free walks are planned in Whitworth Park, Darley Dale from 10.00am – 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 February and Tuesday 21 March. The sessions will be run by trained International Nordic Walking Federation Instructors and walking poles will be provided.

 Nordic Walking has proven benefits for many health conditions including arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, pulmonary disease, and menopause.  It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.  Classes range from gentle walks for people with health concerns, to workout walks, which are a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body.

 To book a place on one of the taster sessions please contact Becky Burton at or phone 01629 761225. To find out more visit

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Trail resurfacing set to improve access in the Peak District National Park

More of the High Peak Trail will be widened and resurfaced this winter, improving safety and enjoyment for visitors to the Peak District National Park.

About 2.3km (1.5 miles) of the trail between Newhaven Crossing and Minninglow car park is being improved. Work will begin on Monday (23 January) with repairs scheduled for completion by 17 February 2017.

Use of this section of the trail will be restricted at times but will remain passable.

Parts of the trail on that section are just 750mm wide in places, which is not enough to accommodate walkers, cyclists and horse riders at busy times. The improvements will mean the trail is widened to a width of at least 3 metres.

Emma Stone, who manages the Peak District National Park trails, said: “This is a trail with a variety of users and widening it to a minimum of 3 metres should make the whole experience much safer and more enjoyable for everyone.’’

The work is part of a rolling programme to improve safety and accessibility on the traffic-free trails in the UK’s first and original National Park.

The High Peak Trail runs for 27 km (17 miles) from Dowlow, near Buxton, to High Peak Junction at Cromford. It follows the former route of the High Peak Railway line, which opened in 1831 to carry minerals and goods between the Cromford and Peak Forest canals. Following the closure of the line, the Peak District National Park bought the part of the route within its boundary in 1971 and turned it into a traffic-free trail. The section from Daisy Bank, Longcliffe, to High Peak Junction is outside the national park and owned by Derbyshire County Council.

For more information on the Peak District’s traffic-free trails, visit

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Wellies Wanted

We have two international volunteers from Germany staying with us the weekend of the Well Dressings.  We’d like to walk over hill and dale to get to Tissington, the only thing stopping us is two pairs of wellies – I need a size 39 and size 40 to borrow.  Does anyone have some they can lend us?

Many thanks,
Debbie W 390568

Added 26th March: Debbie says thank you, the wellies are now sorted.

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A Friday Walk

Edith, Saskia and Fiona are hoping to do regular walks on a Friday (weather permitting). Anyone is welcome to walk with us either on a regular or occasional basis. The first will be on this Friday (23 Jan), a walk of about 5 miles to Tissington.  Meet at 9.00am at the Pump Shed.

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A Glorious Christmas Walk

Thank you to Lynn C for these photos of today’s Christmas outing – and thanks to the Legion for organising the walk. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.



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