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Blog: Celebrate ‘National Parks Week’ by visiting the Peak District

One of the delights of living in Chesterfield is the fact that the Peak District National Park is right on our

doorstep. The Park has so many beautiful places, from the scenic majesty at Monsall Head or the Ladybower Dam, to the hidden wonder of the Blue John Cavern or the old cobbled streets of Bakewell. And the many different activities available make it an accessible and attractive park for visitors of all ages. You can do anything from hiking to rock climbing, birdwatching to canoeing, camping to trail biking. It is a place I love to visit with my family and yo

u will often see me walking up the hills on a weekend or stopping for a drink in one of the brilliant country pubs.

As today is the start of ‘National Parks Week 2015’ (27th July to 2nd August), I would urge everyone to explore the Peak District and take advantage of what it has to offer.

Labour created the first National Parks in the UK by passing the National Parks and Countryside Access Act

Toby on the Gritstone Edge Walk near Baslow in the Peak District National Park

Toby on the Gritstone Edge Walk near Baslow in the Peak District National Park

1949, with the Peak District being named a National Park in 1951. We did this because Labour believes everyone has the right to access and enjoy the countryside, not just a privileged few. Since then, our National Parks have flourished and become landscapes that are not only vital to our wildlife and environment, but vital to our economy with the tourism they attract and jobs they support.

Regrettably, the National Park Authorities (NPAs) that operate our National Parks have suffered a 36% real terms cut in their government grant since 2010. And further planned reductions to the National Park Grant over the next 5 years will have a massive effect on NPAs ability to operate, which will place events, projects, jobs and wildlife at risk.

Over 90 million people visit National Parks every year, and the rural businesses operating within the Parks employ 68,000 people and have an annual turnover of more than £10bn. Our National Parks are vibrant, productive landscapes, containing some of the best hotels and shops and home to companies producing high quality food and drink.

National Parks are a proud Labour legacy, created with the aim of protecting our wildlife and landscape for future generations to appreciate. It is vital that we support our parks and make use of these amazing resources that are right on our doorstep.

I encourage my constituents to reconnect with nature this summer by visiting the Peak District National Park, and support local businesses by sampling some of the local food and drink. Please have a look at some of the events being held in the Peak District during ‘National Parks Week’ and try to go along. A list of events can be found at



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