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Extinct Flower Discovered In Peak District

As if there weren’t enough reasons to indulge in outdoor activities in the Peak District, one more has been added to the list – the discovery of a plant thought to be globally extinct.

If you love going for long hikes and immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, you should definitely plan to visit the Peak District and more specifically, walk along its Monsal Trail.

The leek-coloured hawkweed disappeared from the region in the 1950s and other examples of the species died out a number of years ago. But 62 plants of this variety were discovered by a scientist making collections for Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank recently.

Dr Tim Rich found and identified the plant and said he was “very, very pleased” to find two populations of the plant growing in the Peak District.

“Hawkweeds are fascinating and unusual plants, we know of more than 400 species of hawkweed in Britain,” he explained, adding that many of these are uncommon or rare.

The Monsal Trail is a popular route for hikers and cyclists, following the old Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles through some of the region’s most stunning limestone landscapes.

Part of the appeal of this route is that it features six old railway tunnels, four of which were only opened to leisure users in 2011 after work was carried out to make them safe for walkers and cyclists to travel through.

As well as hiking around the Peak District there are a number of other activities you can try, including rock climbing, orienteering and scrambling.

Would You Consider A Watersports Party For Your Kids?

Most parents would probably agree that a lot of children’s parties are very similar – a large space filled with balloons, streamers and a bouncy castle, pop music blaring out of the speakers and the standard array of sandwiches, crisps and cake for party food.

But if your youngsters are a bit more adventurous – and so are their friends – why not look into a watersports birthday party instead?

This is a great way to get children to try something new, not to mention a lot of fun, and even if you’re in Manchester there are options close by that allow your little ones to get out on the water.

One of the top things to do in Trafford is pay a visit to the Trafford Watersports Centre, where you can arrange a birthday party that sees your kids have a go at canoeing, kayaking, raft building or kata-kanuing with their friends.

They’ll get an hour and a half on the water with an instructor, can splash about as much as they want, and then enjoy some party treats afterwards. The price includes hiring a room where you can set out some party food, or you can even pay a little extra to have a packed lunch provided for each child.

Given that a study published earlier this year revealed that the amount of exercise children do starts to tail off from the age of seven, this could also be a great way to introduce more youngsters to activities they’ll love, and hopefully keep up as they grow older.

Iconic Sights And Attractions In The Peak District

If you’re hoping to make the most of the last few weeks of the summer holidays by spending some time in the Peak District with your family, make sure you take in at least a couple of the region’s most iconic sights.

Of course, you’re not going to be short of beautiful views, with the region known for its natural beauty, but there are a few spots you shouldn’t miss out on, especially if this is your first time exploring the area. Here are our top picks of things to do in the Peak District.

Stanage Edge – This is known as the longest and most spectacular rocky outcrop in Britain. It spans some 6 km end to end, and boasts spectacular views across the moors. It’s a popular spot among rock climbers, so don’t be surprised to see people scaling its heights as you walk along the top.

Eldon Hole – Located on Eldon Hill, Eldon Hole is the deepest pothole in the region and is one of the seven wonders of the Peak District. It’s approximately 60 metres deep and potholers still regularly descend into its depths to view the cave at the bottom filled with stalactites and flowstone deposits.

Bakewell Church  – Away from the wilds of the moors there are some beautiful towns within the Peak District and Bakewell, home of the famous Bakewell tart, is just one of them. One of the top attractions here is its church. The current church was constructed in the 12th century, although a place of worship has been on this site since 920 and there are still two Saxon crosses in situ.

A Guide To Scrambling

When you’re looking for outdoor activities in the Peak District, you may come across scrambling as an option, but to the uninitiated this can sound like an odd thing to do in your free time. So, if you’re wondering what exactly scrambling involves, we’re here to fill you in.

Scrambling is the middle ground between hill walking and climbing. According to the British Mountaineering Council, it’s “essentially easy rock climbing, travelling through some stunning mountain scenery”.

Another way to think of it is like tackling a natural obstacle course. During a scramble you’ll usually be climbing up things, squeezing through narrow gaps and generally going off the beaten track to reach the top of a hill.

If this sounds like something you’d like to have a go at, don’t just head for the first hill and race off the path – there are official scrambling routes you can follow. If you’ve never tried this kind of thing before, going with a guide is advisable to ensure you stay safe and don’t get lost.

While there’s no specific equipment required for scrambling, robust hiking boots are a good idea, as they can provide a bit more purchase on loose rocks and steeper ascents than their lightweight counterparts.

The Roaches in the Peak District is a good hill to start a scrambling adventure on. As well as a number of well-known climbing routes, it’s also got options for those who want a bit more of a challenge than walking. And the views across the moorland from its upper tier are stunning – so it’s worth the effort.

The Benefits Of Team-Building Exercises

For a business to be successful, it’s vital that all members of the team work together collaboratively and with a shared purpose. But while you might try to put a team together that gels well, with each member complementing the others perfectly, it’s often easier said than done. Which is where corporate team building in Cheshire really comes into its own.

In a business environment, people have to work with a huge range of different personalities… and all too often, the success of your business will depend on how well your various members of staff can cooperate on different tasks and projects.

There are many benefits to going on team-building days, such as keeping your members of staff well motivated. Just by putting on an activity, you’re showing your employees that you care about them, the jobs they do and how successful they are. This means that your workers are more likely to invest more of their time and themselves into your company.

It’s also a great way of opening up lines of communication between people on the same – and different – teams. The key to success is communication and positive relationships between team members. How else can you expect projects to come to fruition otherwise?

By giving your employees the chance to get to know each other in a setting outside work, you’re giving them the opportunity to build up a greater level of trust… which will surely show in the jobs they do.

Problem-solving skills can also be given a serious boost by going on a team-building day. There’s a lot less pressure when you’re doing something fun and the skills learned on the day can then be transferred to the office later down the line. To find out more about activities in Cheshire, give us a call today.

Celebrate World Ranger Day!

If you’re looking for active things to do in Peak District, then you might be interested in World Ranger Day on the 31st July – a celebration of all things outdoors!

After all, how much do you think you know about what National Trust rangers here in the Peak District do? Yes, they work to protect and preserve our countryside, but you might not be so familiar with what it is their job actually entails.

Well, for World Ranger Day, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with a modern countryside ranger and find out for yourself. There will be various demonstrations showcasing the work that they do, aimed at people of all ages, making for a great family day out.

Its also perfect if you’re seeking out some great things to do on a budget this summer break as admission is completely free.

You will be able to get involved in planting wild flowers in meadows and turn your hand to dry stone walling. You’ll also get the chance to be involved in some of the more dangerous elements that can crop up for countryside rangers, such as carrying the load of wall filled backpacks used for putting out fires on the moorlands.

It will also be a great for inspiring the next generation of park rangers. National trust ranger Lucy Holmes spoke to the Buxton Advertiser and said that “It makes you see the landscape through different eyes, and refreshes your appreciation for the beauty of where you work.”

Rangers who work across the Peak District also receive great help with the daily tasks they face from over 200 volunteers  – so let’s not forget to celebrate them this World Ranger Day too!