Walking is one of the activities most of us have been able to enjoy despite the Covid restrictions.
There’s now a new set of leaflets launched to encourage people to explore the central area of High Peak.
Commissioned by the borough council, they detail walking routes and the points of interest along them - in Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and Whaley Bridge. They are supported by newly-installed interpretation panels at key locations in each town.
Following the Toddbrook Reservoir incident in August 2019, the council received funding to help the towns recover by boosting the local economy and encouraging people to take a fresh look at what they have to offer.
Working with the town councils, businesses and communities, several projects were identified, including the walking leaflets.
Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, deputy leader and executive for regeneration, tourism and leisure, said: “People may think they already know these towns well, but there’s so much to explore - from award-winning parks to canal basins and dramatic riverside walks, historic market places and our industrial mill heritage, all capped by stunning views of the Peak District landscape - and each town has a history and character all of its own.
“These leaflets suggest routes which really capture the unique elements of each town and take walkers to some of the best places the High Peak has to offer. We’re delighted to have been part of the teams that have developed them and thrilled to now be able to share them with everyone.”
The Whaley Bridge leaflet is also being supported by Whaley Active.
Established last spring, the group promotes physical activity, linking people to activities in and around the towns to encourage everyone to move more and take more exercise.
The leaflets are available at key locations and shops within the towns.
OUT AND ABOUT: Cllr Damien Greenhalgh (right) and Cllr Martin Thomas with the leaflet as a group of walkers wait to get started.