Television presenter Julia Bradbury is encouraging walkers to get into their stride during the popular Peak District Walking Festival.
Julia, who is president of both The Camping and Caravanning Club and Friends of the Peak District, has pledged her support for the annual event, which will be staged between April 26 and May 11.
More than 90 events – ranging from easy one-mile village trails to longer, more demanding routes across rugged countryside – will be held over the two-and-a-half week event.
“It’s especially significant to me that the festival’s taking place in the Peak District, which I consider to be ‘home ground’,” said Julia. “My father was born here, and I’ve been enjoying walking in this beautiful area since I was six-years-old.”
Bookings can now be made for a wide variety of guided walks - many on themes as diverse as aircraft wrecks, industrial heritage, photography and wildlife, plus relaxing strolls taking in cream teas and real ales.
Highlights include a two-day Dark Peak walking holiday, a guided walk around Tissington Estate led by owner Sir Richard FitzHerbert, a photographic walk in the atmospheric ‘Plague Village’ of Eyam and a wildlife walk in the Wye Valley with breathtaking views.
Both favourite routes and new challenges feature in this year’s programme – which also includes the chance to try other outdoor activities, such as abseiling, rock climbing, rock scrambling, trail and fell running.
David James, chief executive of tourist board Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “The Peak District Walking Festival heralds the start of a series that is set to run throughout the spring and autumn in different areas of our destination, offering both visitors and local people the opportunity to explore and enjoy our beautiful and diverse countryside.”
Full details of events are available in a printed programme, available at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/pdwf or from local tourist information and visitor centres.