Friends of the Peak District came up with this fantastic idea – a 192 mile walk that follows the boundary of the Peak Park. Years of planning, lobbying, fundraising, mapping, walking and checking the route, the dream is reality. The UK’s first complete circular walk around a national park was officially launched on Saturday 17th June 2017.
The official start and finish is in Buxton, on – where else? – the Market Place, outside the Town Hall. We organised a big celebration, with celebrity visitors, speeches, unveiling a plaque, food and drink, special outdoor pursuits market, music and dancing. Meanwhile volunteer Friends of the Peak District walked all 20 stages of the route during the day, before converging on Buxton to join the party.
It was a fantastic day – if a very hot one! Our thanks to Buxton Markets for providing stalls, Pavilion Gardens for the loan of staging, Buxton Lions for the marquees, Ithaca for the use of their downstairs room for VIPs, Jo Claire for providing the sound system, all the entertainers who took part and the many shops in the town who contributed to the guests’ pack up lunches.