On the 17th April 1951, the Peak District National Park was officially founded as the first national park in the UK. To help you celebrate this wonderful national park here are 7 fantastic ways you can celebrate the Peak District’s 70th Anniversary.
And yes, I know I could have done 70 ideas, but I’m keeping life easier with a ‘7 theme’ whilst we ease back from lockdown 🙂
The official anniversary is Saturday 17th April 2021, however, let’s celebrate throughout the entire month of April. And if you’re planning a trip to the Peak District on 17th April consider a less popular walk so there will be a fewer people about.
Let me know in the comments if you’re planning a 70th celebration and what you’re doing
Peak District 70th Anniversary Ideas
Happy 70th anniversary Peak District!
If you’d like to get involved then use the #PeakDistrictWalks70 to share what you’re planning or have done to celebrate the 70th anniversary. We’ll share your ideas and photos on our Instagram @peakdistrictwalksuk
Here are our 7 Peak District ideas:
Go for a walk + a picnic
We all love a good walk in the Peak District but why not celebrate the 70th anniversary with a beautiful walk followed by a picnic. Pack some yummy treats and maybe take an anniversary cake!
There are plenty of pretty spots so take your pick on where you want to visit.
Important – Please remember to take all your rubbish with you when you go – thank you lovely walkers 🙂
Walk 70 miles
Here’s a fun and tough challenge that you can complete over the month of April.
With so many beautiful Peak District walks you’re spoilt for choice where to visit over your 70 miles challenge.
You can go big and do some long 20+ miles walks, such as the Edale Skyline or 9 Edges Challenge or maybe opt for 10 x 7 mile walks across the month. Search out walks by mileage here to find the 7 walks you’re planning to do now!
Option – Instead of 70 miles you could set yourself a challenge to walk 70 km
Hike uphill 70 metres (or more)
With some beautiful hills in the Peak District, why not head uphill to celebrate.
Luckily pretty much every hill in the Peak District involves a 70 metres climb. But if you fancy one of the shorter ones, you can begin with a walk up Thorpe Cloud.
From the summit there are idyllic views of the River Dove winding through the dale and it makes the tough climb worth it.
Look out for our Thorpe Cloud charity patch coming soon. For more information and to find out when they go on sale sign up here.
Create 70 mini Peak District challenges
Here’s a fun one for those of you with kids (big kids included too). Make a list of 70 things you want to see, do, hear, smell or touch in the Peak District and over the month challenge yourself to complete the full list.
Complete over one long walk or do lots of shorter walks.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Climb over a stile
- Spot a sheep
- See a waterfall – Read 15 Peak District waterfalls
- Find a yellow wildflower
- Jump in a puddle
- Find a cave – check out out post on Peak District caves to visit here
- Walk 70 steps
- Eat a Bakewell Tart
- Like a photo on @peakdistrictwalksuk Instagram!
- Find a millstone
Your turn now…
Go on the official Peak District Trespass Walk
On 24th April 1932, a group of around 500 walkers set off on a walk to protest for their rights to have access to this beautiful area in the UK. Without this group of people the founding of the national park in 1951 may not have happened.
The 8-mile route begins in Hayfield and heads up via Kinder Reservoir then up to Kinder Scout before looping back down to Hayfield. The full walk route and description will be added to the website soon.
Go on 7 Peak District walks
Pick your favourite 7 places to visit in the Peak District or maybe 7 new ones that you’ve been adding to your walks list!
You can choose any distance but spread your walks out across the month of April to celebrate throughout the month.
Search our walks by mileage to find the best walk for you to hike.
Complete this ‘Mini 7 Challenge’
Here’s a challenge to complete over the month of April or if you want to make it really difficult you could try incorporating them on one very long walk!
- Hike up any Peak District hill
- Walk around a Peak District reservoir
- Visit one of the Derbyshire Dales
- Spot a Peak District millstone
- Walk along one of the Peak District ‘edges’ – Check out the 9 edge challenge here for ideas
- Bag a Peak District trig point – See all 88 trigs here.
- Visit a Peak District pub (or sit outside it!)
Bonus challenge idea
Peak District Trig Point Challenge
Why not make a challenge for the year to celebrate the 70th anniversary. See if you can complete all 88 trig points in the Peak District by the end of 2021. Obviously, as long as we don’t get stuck in lockdown again!
The Peak District trig point challenge is designed for those people who want to explore more of the Peak District and have mini trig celebrations along the way too!
What do you think of these ideas? Let us know in the comments what you’re planning to do to celebrate 70th anniversary.
Ordnance Survey Walk Maps
Shop online at Ordnance Survey
And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
Find all our Peak District walking routes here
Peak District charity patches
Peak District Walks have now launched their charity iron-on embroidered patch raising funds for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team (charity no. 1138626) - one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK.
Order our Mam Tor charity patch now or our latest Kinder Scout patch. Please visit our shop below. If you'd like to know when new designs are created, join our mailing list here to be notified.
More information about the charity project here.
Need more help planning your Peak District trip?
More information on the Peak District, including transport options, where to stay + other useful resources.
Check out the 7 YHAs in the Peak District and find the best walks direct from your accommodation.
Find out what maps you will need for your trip here.
FREE beginner's hiking eBook. (Coming soon - request a copy here).
*NEW* Read our useful guides on hiking tips here.
Visit our hiking recommendations page, (footwear, clothes + kit).
Or get in touch and I will help as best I can :).
Please note 'Peak District Walks' accepts no liability through any injuries or accidents that may result from walking our routes. We always recommend you wear appropriate footwear to avoid injuries and to take a paper map and compass on your walks. Read more here.