Springing into Spring!
Thank goodness, the dark days of Winter are steadily growing brighter and longer, and you can’t have failed to notice the snowdrops and daffodils poking their heads up from the soil over the last few weeks. The birds are already getting busy and the first few lambs are bleating and boinging around in the Peak District fields. Spring is an especially beautiful time of year here, and the team at Let’s Go Peak District are really excited for the year ahead!
Speaking of ‘the team’, here we are! Let’s Go Peak District isn’t run by a big, faceless, corporate group. We’re just four friendly people who are truly passionate about our fabulous National Park. We’re aided and abetted by an equally dedicated gang of Peak District enthusiasts, all of whom love helping you get the most out of your time in this stunning area and promoting the Peak District to everyone who will listen!
Get Social With Us!
Over the past couple of months we’ve shared huge numbers of inspirational Peak District photographs and useful information on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Are you one of the 70,000 people who now follow us on social media? If not, please ‘Like’ our accounts and in return we’ll bring you the best of the Peak District every day!
For 2020 Let’s Go Peak District has organised a series of Self-Guided Social Walks for you to enjoy with other like-minded people. On the first Saturday of every month at 10.00am we’ll gather everyone together in one place, provide the route with easy-to-follow directions – and the rest is up to you! Gather your friends together to walk as a group, or just turn up on your own and make new friends along the way.
We ran (or rather, walked) our first event in February and a truly lovely bunch turned up to explore Coombs Dale and Black Harry’s Gate. We were blessed with good weather and everyone loved the stunning scenery and views in this beautiful area.
If you’d like to follow this walk yourself you’ll find the route here.
Our next Social Walk is on Saturday 7 March, when we’ll be meeting at the Calton Lees car park at 10.00am to do our lovely Chatsworth and Edensor Walk, a 3.8 mile stroll through the stunning grounds of the Chatsworth House estate via the pretty villages of Calton Lees and Edensor.
In April the Social Walk will be on Saturday 4 April, when we’ll be doing our stunning Hartington Dales Walk, a 5 mile walk starting and ending in the centre of the pretty village of Hartington, via the beautiful Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale alongside the crystal-clear River Dove, returning to Hartington via Biggin Dale.
Let’s Go Peak District is delighted to be supporting an initiative by the Peak District National Park Authority called #PeakDistrictProud, which aims to bring a fresh perspective on some of the challenges affecting wildlife and habitats in the Peak District.
The campaign builds upon the core messages of ‘Respect, Protect and Enjoy’ found in the Countryside Code and shares the positive ways in which people can help care for the Peak District National Park; everything from taking home your litter and avoiding barbecues, to keeping your dog on a short lead during periods of wildlife activity.
Please help us get behind this campaign and show us how YOU are #PeakDistrictProud. Think about how your behaviour in the Peak District can affect the wildlife, farm life and fragile habitats of the area, and please always do your best to protect this stunning area that we’re all so privileged to be able to enjoy. Use the hashtag #PeakDistrictProud in social media posts to help spread the word too! Read more about the initiative here.
Spring might be well on its way, but that doesn’t mean the Winter weather has disappeared just yet. Don’t forget that we have a page on our website that brings together the live feeds from all the major weather webcams across the region. This gives you an up-to-the-minute view on what’s happening on the Peak District roads. It’s well worth bookmarking our Weather Webcams Page now so that you can refer to it quickly when you really need it!
Spotlight on … Padley Gorge
Our website contains loads of information about Peak District towns and villages, visitor attractions and places of interest. In every Newsletter we feature a place that you might like to learn more about, but do keep an eye on the website for information about your own favourite spots.
The wooded ravine known as Padley Gorge is only a stone’s throw from civilisation, but it feels like another world entirely. Located close to the A6187 on the border between Derbyshire and Yorkshire, it lies at the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park. Here, ancient oak and birch trees grow along gentle slopes, forming the most wonderful twisted shapes, and in the valley below a crystal-clear stream, Burbage Brook, rushes across rocks.
The area is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), recognised for being “the best example of the remnant oak-birch woodland that once covered much of the edges of the gritstone uplands of the Peak District.” It’s a truly wonderful place to visit at any time of year, in any weather. Although it can get busy in Summer, very few day-trippers bother to venture into the woodland beyond the obvious picnic points, so there is always peace and quiet to be found here among the ancient trees. Read more here.
Featured Property … High Peak Holidays
Our website features a huge range of Peak District accommodation, with a great choice of places to stay throughout the National Park and surrounding area. You’ll find everything on there from cosy glamping pods and holiday cottages, to friendly B&Bs and large group accommodation. We add to our selection every single week, so you’re sure to find something to suit you and your family (including your dog!).
In every Newsletter we highlight a property to tell you a little more about, and this month we’re bringing you something a bit different!
Why stay in one place for your holiday in the Peak District, when you can have the freedom to explore at your own pace, in your own way, in one of the luxurious motorhomes offered by High Peak Holidays?! They offer all-inclusive rates on fully-equipped motorhome hire with unlimited mileage, meaning that you can set off on your adventures with everything you need for a perfect holiday close at hand! Find out more here.
What’s On in the Peak District – March/April
Spring is in full swing across the Peak District and there’s loads to see and do all over the area. We can’t possibly feature every event, but here’s our pick of the brightest and best things to do over the coming months!
If you’d like your event to be featured in our next Newsletter, please do get in touch with full details and we’d be happy to include it,
Please check the websites and/or Facebook pages of the individual events/venues for full details.
|7 Mar||Let’s Go Peak District Social Walk, Chatsworth and Edensor||Calton Lees Car Park|
|7 Mar||Family Ceilidh||Wirksworth Town Hall|
|7 Mar||Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival||Hope Valley College|
|14 Mar||Science Workshop||Matlock Farm Park|
|17 Mar||St Patrick’s Day Celebrations||The Anglers Rest, Bamford|
|17 Mar||National Park Ranger Guided Walk, Ladybower Reservoir||Fairholmes Car Park|
|18 Mar||National Trust Guided Walk, Hope to Win Hill||Hope Car Park|
|20-22 Mar||Sheffield Adventure Film Festival||Showroom Cinema|
|21 Mar||Swing Into Spring Family Day||Bolsover Castle|
|21 Mar||Monsal Trail Half Marathon & 10K Race||Monsal Trail|
|26 Mar||To The Stars, Astronomy Event||Chatsworth House|
|27-29 Mar||Spring Artisan Market||Haddon Hall|
|4 Apr||Let’s Go Peak District Social Walk, Hartington Dales||Hartington|
|5 Apr||Totally Locally Leek Artisan Food & Art Market||Leek|
|7 Apr||Photographing Limestone, Peak District Mining Museum||Matlock Bath|
|10-13 Apr||Easter Family Events||Haddon Hall|
|12 Apr||National Park Ranger Guided Walk, Mermaid’s Pool||Hayfield|
|17 Apr||Meet a Pirate Family Fun Day||Chesterfield Museum|
|18 Apr||10K Race for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice||Chatsworth House|
|22 Apr||National Park Ranger Guided Walk, To The Manor Born, Padley||Grindleford|
|24 Apr||An Introduction to Print Making||Chatsworth House|
Bye for Now!
… But keep a look out for the next Newsletter again soon, when we’ll keep you posted with all the latest happenings in the Peak District and with the team.
In the meantime, do keep looking at our website and Facebook page for daily news, views, events and inspiration from all around the Peak District!