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One of our brilliant volunteers, Rachel, and her son Bruce, are gearing up for our magnificent fundraising walk…and eating cakes in the Peak District.

Rachel Rennie has volunteered with us for about a year, giving invaluable help with fundraising and events. She grew up in Litton, and has moved back there with her three year old son Bruce. Rachel recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Geography and Town Planning

“I moved to the Peak District when I was five years old and I have loved it ever since. I love the way the landscapes change so dramatically in different weather and seasons. I never take the beauty of this area for granted and I got involved with Friends of the Peak District because I wanted to help protect the Peak District from threats to the countryside and its communities,” she says.

Rachel and Bruce are taking part in our annual Three Cakes Challenge on Sunday 15 April. The three mile route along the Monsal Trail includes three cake stops, and ends with a treasure hunt and chance to explore the gardens of Thornbridge Hall.

“Bruce is a good little walker, so the three mile route should be a doddle for him. He is very excited about finding the treasure at Thornbridge Hall! I’m looking forward to seeing the gardens, and some beautiful scenery, not to mention the cakes!” Rachel adds.

The Three Cakes Challenge is open to people of all ages and abilities, and all money raised will go to our crucial work protecting the local countryside.

“The walk is going to be great fun. Last year, parents and grandparents came along, and the kids all had a great time. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful countryside, so what makes the walk really special is that all the money raised goes towards looking after it for the future.”

TheThree Cakes Challenge is at 11.30 on Sunday 15 April. It starts from Thornbridge Hall, Ashford in the Water. Entry is £6, and free for under 5s. For more information ring 0114 266 5822.

The Three Cakes Challenge is one of three routes that make up Friends of the Peak District’s Magnificent Walk day. There will also be a 21 Mile Challenge and a Magnificent 7 Mile Challenge.