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Launch of England’s newest long distance footpath

Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:57

The view from High Edge near Buxton The view from High Edge near Buxton Photo: © Eamon Curry, Creative Commons License

Friends of the Peak District launched England’s newest long distance footpath on Saturday 18 June in Buxton.

The ceremony was attended by Emma Bridgewater, national president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), mayors from all around the Peak and Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). It was also the launch of a new guidebook to the walk, edited by PDNPA member and outdoor writer, Andrew McCloy.

Over the course of the day, teams of walkers completed all of the twenty stages of the walk, ‘first-footing’ the 200 mile walk in its entirety.

The walk is the brainchild of Julie Gough, a keen walker and Friends of the Peak District’s fundraising and marketing co-ordinator, and she and the Friends, together with a dedicated team of volunteer walkers and writers, have spent the last two years completing the project, which has also been funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and Marston’s Brewery. Julie says:

"One of the reasons for devising the route was to raise awareness of the edge of the National Park and its magnificent landscapes, and encouraging people to cherish and protect them. The walk follows existing paths and trails and takes you away from the usual ‘honeypots’, into quieter, less well known corners of the Park, giving you a new perspective on the Peak District".

The team effort to map the walk and write the book also echoes how the National Park boundary was originally mapped in the late 1930s by teams of volunteers from all around the Peak District, co-ordinated by the CPRE in Sheffield. The boundary they proposed is largely the one we have today.

The Peak District Boundary Walk: 190 miles around the edge of the national park, edited by Andrew McCloy, and published by Friends of the Peak District highlights many of the historical and current challenges faced by the Peak District and how the Friends have fought to protect it. 

Friends of the Peak District is a charity and the national park society for the Peak District. It also represents CPRE in the wider Peak District.

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