This year is the seventieth anniversary of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949 which gave us national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national nature reserves, long-distance paths (national trails) and definitive maps of rights of way among other things. None of these was achieved without a great deal of lobbying, and the fight for national parks was long and hard – but the result was that our most splendid landscapes have a strong level of protection which endures today.
We are marking this important milestone together with the Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Ramblers and the Youth Hostels Association.
The first event is in the Peak District, the oldest of the national parks. We meet at noon on Friday 22 March for celebratory walks from the village of Castleton in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire. You are very welcome to join us.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and receive information about the walks.