David Hurrell, Chairman and Trustee
This article is from Signpost 59, Spring 2019
It was on a cold and windy day in December 2018 when the Peak District Boundary Walk plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of the High Peak, Councillor Linda Grooby (see photo). The plaque is fixed to the outside wall of the Kings Head, adjacent to the Town Hall. It was unusual in that the unveiling was carried out by the lowering of a rucksack.
It was in May 2017 that the walk was officially launched by a series of 20 walks around the whole of the perimeter of the walk, beginning and finishing in the square at Buxton. This was a day to be remembered by the members of the Friends of the Peak District who had worked hard and long to achieve the walk around the boundary of the Peak District National Park, following the boundary as far as possible using public footpaths.
The Peak District National Park covers 555 square miles and is one of the most accessible and popular of our 15 parks reaching into the counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire, as well as the urban fringes of Sheffield and Greater Manchester. To celebrate this diverse and special place, this new 188-mile long distance walk has been devised which follows the boundary first drawn up by the Haythornthwaites all those years ago. The route stays close to the edge of the national park, following existing paths tracks and quiet lanes. The Boundary Walk enjoys a wonderful mix of Peak District landscapes and different terrain - from dramatic crags, cloughs and open moorland to quiet woodlands pasture and hidden dales.
Friends of the Peak District have produced a wonderful and detailed account of all 20 walks, each around 10 miles in length, in the book ‘Peak District Boundary Walk’. The book is available from www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk or local stockists at a price of just £10. A great book at a fantastic price.
A number of Peak and Northern Footpaths Society members took part in trial walking of the route to prove it was all feasible, and every one enjoyed this unique experience. Peak and Northern Footpaths Society made a contribution towards the manufacture of the plaque - notice the similarity of the design - and so have an interest in the maintenance of the walk, many paths being covered by our Footpath Inspectors.
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