Peak walk on track to boost tourism in town

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The Friends of the Peak District is planning to create a new 190-mile walking route around the national park, starting and finishing in Buxton.

Volunteer Helen Davison, who will be in charge of a 30-mile section that passes through the High Peak, told the recent Buxton on the Move conference: “We are very excited about this and we hope the walk will bring more people to the area.”

The long-distance route, named the Boundary Walk, will start at Buxton Town Hall on the Market Place, as Helen says this is where all mile measurements are recorded from.

She said: “We want to compete with some of the more well-known perimeter walks in the Lake District and Pennines. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful area in the heart of England, so we should be encouraging people from the north and the south to travel here and see what we have to offer.”

Buxton Town Team, of which Helen is also a member, has agreed to help fund the project by putting up signposts and markers.

“The Friends of the Peak District want this to be a walk for all ages and one where people can learn from,” she said.

And the group is now seeking sponsorship to help cover the cost of an information table along the walk.

“Our plan is to have them in the shape of the walk itself,” added Helen.