Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:42

Peak District Pick and Play 2019

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With many millions of annual visitors and covering an area of 550 square miles, the infrastructure of the Peak District National Park is always stretched - and litter is a very significant, visible and growing problem.

For the last five years Castleton based outdoor activity company Peak Mountaineering has teamed up with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers to run a unique annual event aimed at helping to alleviate the problem and to educate people about the issue.  Participants of their ‘Pick & Play’ day are invited to come along and help clear up the national park and in return the company arrange a series of free outdoor activities as a thank you.  The event has grown over the years and last year was their biggest yet - 140 people managed to collect a massive 120kgs of rubbish in just a few hours.  

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The 2019 event will run on the 12th May and they are inviting as many people as possible to join in.  The event is suitable for all ages (under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian) and it is completely FREE for participants thanks to the generous support of Peak District clothing brand and main sponsor Rab and many other brands including Nikwax, Lowe Alpine, Osprey and Hydroflask kindly provide products for a lunch time raffle.   

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All activities are run by qualified instructors who give up their time for free and Peak Mountaineering relies on the support of many Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and Mountain Training Association (MTA) members. The event also couldn’t run without the assistance of the Peak Park Ranger Service and National Trust.

The event is running from Surprise View Car Park (on the Sheffield to Hathersage road near Longshaw Estate) and free parking is available.  Registration will start at 9.15am and the activities start at 10am.  The event runs until 4pm. The use of public transport is also strongly encouraged and the car park is on a main bus route or lifts can be provided from the local train station.  Safe bike storage can also be arranged.  Litter collection equipment and all technical activity equipment will be provided and participants only need to bring suitable clothing and footwear plus a packed lunch (water and free hot drinks will be available).

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Attendees will spend either a morning or afternoon collecting litter and the other part of the day enjoying an outdoor activity and for this year the activities are climbing, abseiling, navigation training, a guided ranger walk, weaselling (a great children’s activity that’s a bit like above ground caving!) and a bushcraft session.  Having said that, some participants may just want to do double litter collection and some can only spare a morning or afternoon.  Anything is fine - Peak Mountaineering just want as many people as possible to attend.        

The event always has a friendly and inclusive feel and everyone including families, singles, groups and couples are equally welcome.  All you need to do to join the fun is complete one of Peak Mountaineering’s booking forms available on their website at and they will contact you with Joining Instructions.  Please come and help the UK’s oldest and busiest national park.