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Broadcaster Simon Groom says “Friends of the Peak District’s annual charity walk is the perfect way to celebrate a magnificent landscape!”


Supporters of the charity that began in Sheffield almost 90 years ago have the chance to take part in a walk with Simon Groom, who began his broadcasting career as a ‘Blue Peter’ presenter, and now works behind the camera as a Producer/Director. There will also be a special tour and treasure hunt around the gardens of stunning Thornbridge Hall at this year’s Friends of the Peak District Magnificent Walk.


“It’s so easy to take the beautiful Peak District for granted and forget how the area is so fragile and vulnerable. Its unique location as a National Park, situated between so many major towns and cities, puts huge pressure on its space, land and wildlife.

Friends of the Peak District is the only charity dedicated to caring for and protecting the Peak District countryside. They have asked me to join them at this year’s event and I encourage anyone whose has an appreciation or enjoyment of the Peak District to take part in one of their three walks and help the charity in protecting these beautiful landscapes” said Simon, Vice-President of the charity.


There is a choice of three different walks, so everyone can take part:

·         The Magnificent Marathon – a 25 mile whistlestop tour through some of the Peak District’s finest countryside, including Chatsworth Park, Derwent Valley, Baslow and Curbar Edges and Frogatt Wood.

·         The Great 8 Miles – a more leisurely walk that takes in some different and truly stunning views of Monsal Dale.

·         The Three Cake Challenge – a short relaxing walk, suitable for even the smallest of feet, with three cake stops on route. Taking in the Monsal Trail and exclusive access to the gardens of Thornbridge Hall, for a treasure hunt. 

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Friends of the Peak District’s Magnificent Charity Walk on 13 April. I’m so keen to support the vital work that the charity does in making sure that the Peak District is nurtured and protected for everyone to enjoy – now and in the future,” added Simon Groom.


Friends of the Peak District’s Magnificent Charity Walk is on Saturday 13 April at Thornbridge Hall, near Ashford in the Water. To find out more, please go to or phone 0114 279 2655.