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*National Parks 70th Anniversary Ramble

70 years ago the act to establish National Parks was passed by parliament. In celebration, members of the Disabled Ramblers took part in a ramble from Castleton to Mam Tor in the Peak District together with other disabled ramblers and many walkers. The event was filmed for a future edition of Countryfile.

Judy says, ”

Bernard and I met up with Arthur, Marika, Teresa and John at the Visitor Centre car park in Castleton on Friday 22nd March, on a dry cloudy morning.  There were what seemed to be hundreds of people gathered, some ramblers and some disabled ramblers. 

One of the first people I saw was Matt Baker, from Countryfile who was chatting with Arthur.  I then met up with Andrew Hall, Campaign for National Parks, one of the main organisers of this event and Sue Smith from the Peak District.  We were given a short briefing of the route and then we set off altogether along the pavement along the Old Road passing Goosehill and Treak Cavern up to Mam Tor Farm where the landslip had occurred.   The walkers then continued to the viewpoint at Hollins Cross and we returned with Sue Smith, our leader back, via Peak Cavern were we all went inside and had a demonstration of rope making.  Afterwards we continued back to Loose Hall where we regrouped to find that the YHA had put on a superb hot and hold buffet for us followed by 3 speakers Crispin Truman of CPRE; Yvonne Witter (Peak District Mosaic); and James Blake CEO of YHA.”

 

Arthur being interviewed by Matt Baker with Judy looking on