Celebrations to mark five decades of the Pennine Way

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Celebrations involving people of all ages are taking place next weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way.

Britain’s first National Trail opened on April 24 1965 with the official starting point in Edale.

And now, to mark five decades since the trail opened, a new starting point has been created while children from Edale Primary School have contributed to a time capsule.

The Moorland Centre in Edale will be the main focus for the community celebrations next week with talks and displays, demonstrations of local crafts and folk music. On Sunday April 26, three guided walks of varying lengths and difficulty will also take place.

The Pennine Way originally began at the The Old Nag’s Head pub and climbed Grindsbrook, but erosion issues mean the route now ascends Jacob’s Ladder.

Martyn Sharp, the Peak District National Park Authority’s Pennine Way Ranger, said: “The anniversary seemed the perfect time to do something about a new formal starting point.”

For full details of the celebrations, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk.