We’re really thrilled that Simon Groom – ex Blue Peter presenter, TV producer and local farmer – is joining us on our Diamond Dawdle Peak District 60th birthday walk.
"My wife and I are really looking forward to swapping our wellies for our walking boots for a few hours on April 16th!” he says. “Our farm is situated a few miles south of the Park, but the demands of running our farmhouse B&B, looking after Jacob sheep and Hereford cattle, as well as making TV documentaries, means that we rarely get a chance to explore the beautiful countryside on our doorstep.”
We’re organising the Diamond Dawdle to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the UK’s first national park. It starts at Thornbridge Hall, and there will be a choice of two circular routes through the Monsal Trail – either a more challenging 15 miles or a leisurely 7.5 miles. After the walk there will be celebrations at Thornbridge Hall including birthday cake, music and thank you certificates.
Simon is a supporter of ours and was delighted to be invited to take part in the walk. “I’m full of admiration for the vital work carried out by Friends of the Peak District in ensuring the area is nurtured and protected for us all to enjoy. It does excellent work, whether it’s opposing a potentially damaging by-pass, helping to renovate old buildings, or encouraging micro hydro power schemes.”
“I hope as many people as possible will come along and support the walk in April – a great way to celebrate an important milestone and to enjoy some fresh air and stunning scenery.”