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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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Street View on the Trails

Peak District is first National Park to go live on Google Street View

 People can now take a tour of the Peak District National Park from the comfort of their own home.

In true pioneering spirit, the Peak District today (Thursday) became the first national park to be virtually accessible, opening its diverse landscapes to the digital world of Google Street View. People will be able to click and see the traffic-free trails at home, at work or even on the move.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, said: “It is our ambition that, by being on Google Street View, more people will enjoy the wonders of this protected and special landscape. Once people see it, I am sure they will be inspired to come and stay for a few days to explore first-hand what they have experienced online.

“The national park covers an area of 555 square miles so it was impractical to film every inch for people to view. Instead we have selected some of the highlights. These are the trail areas where we offer ranger-led walks, family activities and cycle hire and bike maintenance, so there are lots of ways for people to enjoy and experience what the national park has to offer.”

The Tissington, Monsal and High Peak trails are now all available online. The filming took place over the summer and was carried out by national park volunteers using the Google Trekker camera. The equipment is designed to capture 360 degree imagery in public locations. It was taken to locations the Google Street View car can’t reach.

Emily Clarke from Google said: “We’re excited that the Peak District will be using the Street View Trekker so more of us can experience its famous trails and views from wherever we are.”

The links to the locations are:
North Lees Link 1  Link 2

Monsal Trail Link 1  Link 2

High Peak Trail Link 1  Link 2

Tissington Trail Link 1  Link 2

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Dog-walkers asked to keep pets on leads in countryside

Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads to protect young farm animals and wildlife during the breeding season of spring and early summer.

Most responsible dog-owners would be horrified if their pets injured newborn lambs or chicks but farmers have already reported such incidents in the Peak District National Park over the past few weeks. Declining birds such as lapwing, curlew and snipe which nest on the ground are particularly vulnerable to harm from dogs roaming free or on long leads.

Tara Challoner, Peak District Wader Recovery Project officer said:

You may not always be aware that birds are present which can easily lead you into thinking that the moors and fields are great empty places, perfect for letting your dog have a good run around. However many of these birds are in very serious trouble and we need to do all we can to ensure that they are not lost from our countryside forever.


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