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So much to do and enjoy in the Peak District

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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ASHBOURNE families are being invited to enjoy more of the area’s natural beauty with a number of ideas for days out and sporting activities.

The Peak District National Park has a number of suggestions for things to do in the winter months, whatever the weather.

On fine days there are numerous opportunities for pastimes such as cycling, walking, photography and wildlife watching.

Even on wet days there are cafes, shops, pubs, visitor centres and other attractions.

One of the ideas to help wildlife at the same time as learn a new skill is to celebrate National Nest Box week and build a bird box or feeder.

The course is being held on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 at the Moorland centre in Edale.

The boxes and feeders will be created from recycled items.

Organisers say booking is essential and can be done by calling 01629 816211.

Anyone brave enough to head down into the depths of the earth can see a number of natural wonders including stalagmites and stalactites in Castleton, Hope Valley.

There are numerous cafes, pubs, gift shops and a visitor centre in the heart of the village to enjoy afterwards.

If you fancy something a little more energetic then pack your rucksack and head to the old railway tunnels on the Mondal Trail.

It’s an eight mile route with beautiful scenery along an old railway line between Bakewell and Wyedale near Buxton.

If you prefer to go by two wheels then Derwent cycle hire is open every weekend from 10am, and will be open daily from Saturday, February 15.

Budding Bear Grylls can learn more about navigating with or without a compass.

Training courses are being offered on Saturday, January 11 at Edale and Saturday, March 22 at Trentabank.

Training without compasses is available on Saturday, February 8 at Fairholmes,, Sunday, March 9 at Grindleford Station, Saturday, March 22 at Edale and Sunday, March 23 at Dove Stone.

Booking is essential for any of these dates and more information is available by calling 01629 816211.

Lovers of nostalgia can take a trip on a steam train with Peak Rail.

There are regular weekend trips until March between Rowsley and Matlock.

More information is available online at www.peakrail.co.uk

The park rangers offer guided walks in the area, where visitors can benefit from their expert knowledge of the region, the flora and fauna.

Booking is essential on 01629 816211.

More information on all these events, plus more ideas for days out, is available online at www.visitpeakdistrict.com

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