In Boundary Walk

Friends of the Peak District has been awarded a Community Grant of £4,000 from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop the Peak District Boundary Walk. The grant will enable the Friends to work with local residents, community groups and businesses to raise awareness of the Boundary Walk and the benefits it brings.

The Peak District Boundary Walk is a 200-mile route around the edge of the Peak District National Park. Five of the 20 stages of the Boundary Walk are in the South West Peak region, stretching from Waterfall to Buxton via Tittesworth Reservoir, Wildboarclough, Bollington and Whaley Bridge. Friends of the Peak District developed the Boundary Walk to encourage people to understand and appreciate the outstanding natural beauty of the Peak District National Park and inspire them to cherish and protect it. Since the launch of the Boundary Walk in 2017 it has been warmly welcomed by walkers.

As part of the grant from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Friends will engage with local residents and community groups to encourage them to explore the Boundary Walk and enjoy and appreciate their local countryside. The Friends will also connect with local businesses along the route to help them benefit from welcoming walkers to the area. In addition, the project will provide volunteering opportunities for people in the region to get together and gain new skills. Volunteers will help the Friends to monitor and maintain the route and become local ambassadors for the walk.

The Friends are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved. Please email olivia.kehoe@friendsofthepeak.org.uk

Commenting on the project, Julie Gough, Friends fundraising & marketing co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted to be able to develop the Peak District Boundary Walk in the South West Peak. We hope that by getting involved with the project, residents and businesses in the region will feel more connected to the walk and its diverse and unique landscape, and ultimately with their local countryside – learning about it, caring about it and helping to protect it.”

To find out more about the Peak District Boundary Walk, visit www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk/boundary-walk

To learn more about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership head over to:
www.southwestpeak.co.uk

About South West Peak Landscape Partnership

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak. With the Peak District National Park Authority as lead partner and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this five-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) works with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and each other. www.southwestpeak.co.uk

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, they invest in every part of our diverse heritage. NLHF has supported 37,000 projects, allocating over £6billion across the UK. www.heritagefund.org.uk


For further information, contact Julie Gough at julie@friendsofthepeak.org.uk or on 0114 279 2655.