Ranger walks in the peak district
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Ranger walks in the peak district - Rangers in the Peak District suggest they can help visitors to the Peak District loose and excess gained of Christmas and New Year.

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 in January 2016.

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 17th 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.

Ranger walks in the peak district - more information

Rangers are experienced walk, cycle ride leaders and qualified first-aiders; their knowledge of this special place is inspiring. They specialise in subjects such as navigation training, mountain biking, fungus forays, aircraft wreck walks and so much more!

Who are the events for?

There are walks and events available for everyone; whether you are new to the countryside or an experienced walker.

Navigation training

You can develop your skills through our graded series of navigation training, from beginners, through intermediate to advanced.

What to bring

Many of the events will take most of the day, so do bring:

  • Packed lunch and drinks
  • Waterproofs and weather appropriate clothing
  • A small rucksack to carry your belongings
  • Walking boots/suitable footwear
  • Sun protection in hot weather

Your safety is our first priority; Rangers have the right to ask you not to take part if they feel that your safety is at risk, due to inappropriate clothing/equipment.


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