Look after Peak Park message

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The Peak District National Park Authority is urging people to look after the countryside when they enjoy seeing the Tour de France Grand Depart in the area.

The second stage of the event passes through the Peak District National Park on July 6 with spectators expected to line the route. But Peak Park bosses are keen to ensure that the fragile landscape is not damaged by the event.

Jenny Waller, the authority’s co-ordinator for the Tour de France, said: “We want people coming to see the race in the Peak District National Park to have a memorable and enjoyable time but also to be aware of their surroundings and follow the Countryside Code.

“By taking their litter home people show they respect the work of farmers, moorland owners and other land managers. By avoiding smoking and not lighting campfires or barbecues they are helping protect wildlife and habitats. By not leaning or climbing on drystone walls they are protecting local heritage.

“If everyone takes extra care to leave places as they find them they should have a safe, fun time and thoroughly enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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