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We’re adding a short, pushchair-friendly route to our Diamond Dawdle 60th anniversary walk on April 16. It’s a brilliant idea that one of our supporters has come up with!

Mother of two, Helen Illingworth, contacted us when she heard about the Diamond Dawdle to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Peak District National Park. Helen runs the Yorkshire Bridge Inn in Bamford and has two daughters: Lucy aged two and a half, and Katie aged seven months.

“I loved the idea of the charity walk in the Peak District, and really wanted to join in, but knew that I wouldn’t be able to do the full route with Lucy and Katie,” she says. “So I got in touch and suggested a shorter walk to suit people with kids – and preferably involving plenty of refreshments!”

The result is the Three Cake Challenge. The three mile stroll starts at 11.15 (meet up at 10.45) at Thornbridge Hall near Great Longstone with a piece of cake, followed by a mile and a half walk along the Monsal Trail to Hassop Station Café for more cake, and then back to Thornbridge Hall for a final slice. Ex-Blue Peter presenter and local farmer Simon Groom will be on hand to give out thank you certificates and join in with the birthday party.

“We’re all really looking forward to it. It’ll be great to get Lucy and Katie out and about, and I’m telling all my local NCT group and all my friends with children about it too,” says Helen.

As well as the Three Cake Challenge, there’s still the choice of two circular routes through the Monsal Trail – either a more challenging 15 miles or a leisurely 7.5 miles. All profits will go towards our work protecting the Peak District. 

To find out more, please email Danny Anderson or ring him on 0114 266 5822.