Environment in association with the Mirror

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

The current Peak District National Park boundary is almost identical to the one drawn up and proposed by Friends of the Peak District founders over 90 years ago. We now have a 192 mile long distance walk route which never strays far from that boundary.

Following existing paths, tracks and quiet lanes it enjoys a wonderful mix of all that our beautiful Peak District has to offer: craggy peaks; boggy cloughs; rivers; reservoirs, wide open moorland; quiet woodland and populated trails as well as industrial heritage, breath-taking views and some little known backwaters through rarely trod corners of the park.

We wanted to celebrate the huge diversity and significance of our first national park, to raise awareness of its outstanding natural beauty and to encourage communities to cherish and protect it. Walkers will find themselves away from the crowds and common hotspots of the Peak District, in quieter, less well known areas - where local businesses and the rural economy will benefit from their presence. With good signage and waymarking, the footpaths and trails will be opened up, restored and cared for.

This is a truly community based project: after mapping the approximate route on paper, volunteers walked it on the ground and whilst getting wet feet and enjoying some stunning scenery, they made many improvements and gave us the benefit of their local knowledge. They have helped shape it in every way, from agreeing the criteria for the route and the conventions for the written directions, to the levels of difficulty and the photos used to illustrate it. Volunteers have also agreed to write articles to inform people about conservation issues in the park and the campaigns trying to protect it.

Funding will be used to waymark the route so that no-one gets lost.

Thousands of people every year will benefit from this walk including all the walkers who will enjoy the scenery and improve their health and wellbeing along the way; the long distance walkers challenging themselves to achieve the whole route and the families exploring our national natural treasure; and the several hundred small businesses along its 192 mile length who will benefit from increased footfall and visitor spend.

Central funding for national parks has been slashed. Voting for this project will encourage visitors to support and protect our stunning landscapes for future generations to enjoy.

It's not ours, but ours to look after.

Friends of the Peak and CPRE South Yorkshire

Location: Peak District National Park

Our national parks are precious to us. The outstanding natural beauty of the Peak District is a source of inspiration, relaxation and recreation for millions of people. We work to safeguard this landscape, for them and the future, by encouraging others to enjoy, understand, value and protect it.
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