Saturday, 8 February 2014

Spirit of Kinder comes to Sheffield

Press release from the Kinder and High Peak Advisory Comittee 

The annual Spirit of Kinder event, celebrating Kinder Scout and the 1932 Mass 
Trespass, comes to Sheffield on Saturday, April 26.

The event, which will also celebrate 10 years of the implementation of the CROW Act which gave the Right to Roam in open country, is organised by the Kinder & High Peak Advisory Committee and will be held at Sheffield Town Hall starting at 2.30pm. It is free and open to all.
 Group chairman Terry Howard said: “Sheffield’s vital role in the Mass Trespass and the fight to gain access to our mountains and moorlands is often overlooked. We aim to put that right at this event, and also to highlight to important work that Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Moors Partnership is doing to encourage access to the moors of Sheffield’s Golden Frame.”

One of the keynote speakers, John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, added: “We should never forget the community spirit that confronted a great sense of injustice.  That spirit does live on in our commitment to, and enjoyment of, the great asset we have both in and close to our city.  This event reminds us of that, but also needs to drive us forward”.

In addition to Mr Mothersole, the other keynote speaker will be the forthright national President of the Ramblers and General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society, Kate Ashbrook. Sheffield’s Walking Champion, Coun. Peter Price of Sheffield City Council, will be master of ceremonies.

Other speakers will include Bill Bevan, the Sheffield-based archaeologist and interpreter, who will describe the prehistory of Kinder Scout, and Annabelle Kennedy of the Sheffield Wildlife Trust, who will outline the work of the Sheffield Moors Partnership.
Young representatives of the Woodcraft Folk will describe the various Sheffield trespasses which took place during the 1930s, including the often-forgotten successful Abbey Brook Trespass on September 18, 1932.

 Among the organisations expected to attend are the Ramblers (National, Sheffield and Manchester); Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland; Peak & Northern Footpaths Society; British Mountaineering Council; the National Trust;  Peak District National Park Authority; Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation; the Sheffield Moors Partnership and Friends of the Peak District (CPRE).

For more details and further information on the Spirit of Kinder Day, contact Roly Smith on 01629 812034 ( or Terry Howard on 0114 266 5438 or ( 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Grindleford-Dore Railway Update

Dear Friend of Longshaw,

As you know Network Rail has proposed development of the Hope Valley line at Grindleford that would directly and indirectly impact on the conservation values and people’s enjoyment of Longshaw.  We along with many others responded to Network Rail’s consultation pointing out the serious concerns their proposals raised. 

I am very pleased to say that Network Rail are now reconsidering the way forward and the proposals for Grindleford have been put on hold.  We understand there will now be a three month pause whilst Network Rail look at other options.  If they can find somewhere that is a better rail solution for a passing loop, has less engineering and environmental impact then it is likely the proposal will move elsewhere.  This would be great news for Longshaw although there may be effects elsewhere from a new proposal that need to be looked at carefully.

Thank you to all those who took the time to look at the proposals and respond to Network Rail.  We will let you know when we hear more. 

National Trust Peak District Estate 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Updated bunkhouse availability

Below is the current weekend availability, please note dates do get taken fast so it’s advised to book now to avoid disappointment. To check weekday dates please get in touch.

January - June: none
July: 11-13
August - October: none
November: 7-9, 21-23, 28-30
December: 12-14, 19-21

January - March: none
April: 11-13
May: 30-1 June (provisionally booked)
June: 6-8,  
July: 11-13, 18-20,
August: 8-10, 22-25 (bank holiday), 29-31
September: 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
October: 17-19, 24-26
November: 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
December: 12-14, 19-21, 24-28

Contact or call 01433 670 368 option 1 for more information and to book

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

History of Ilam Park

We are always interested to find out more about the history of Ilam Park – in the 1930s the hall was partly demolished, with many pieces of stonework saved from the rubble and now used in the Italian Garden. Look out for the chimney pots now used as planters, and the stone window frames in the balustrade.

We recently came across this wonderful photo in a book, which Derby Local Studies Library have kindly allowed us to reproduce to share with our visitors. There is no date for the photograph, but it is thought to be early 1900s. On a visit to this spot today, taller trees surround the church, these were planted around 110 years ago.

Years ago the water fountain would have provided a soothing sound whilst sitting in the garden and admiring the view out towards Dovedale. Today however, the only water to be heard is the mighty River Manifold, flowing through the park before it meets the River Dove.

#NTreflections   #specialplaces

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Ilam Park is revealed as the setting for winning story

The National Trust has announced the winners of its Spooky Story competition today to celebrate the launch of National Storytelling Week.   
Amelia Allsop (c) Rachel Allsop

Amelia Allsop, aged ten, was selected as the winner of the 10-12 age category with her terrifying tale An Eerie Night at Ilam Park.
The competition, which ran over Halloween last year, was open to children aged 12 and under.  More than 180 children submitted a 500 word story inspired by a visit to one of the National Trust’s places in the Midlands. 

Ilam Park, view of the Hall (c) NT/ John Millar
Amelia’s winning story was inspired by Ilam’s mysterious landscape and features witches, spooky noises and sinister shadows.

Amelia said: “I decided to enter the competition because I don’t really write many stories at home and I thought it would help me with my school work. I chose to base my story at Ilam Park because we had just done the Halloween trail there and I thought it would be quite spooky at night.

Thorpe Cloud (c) NT/ David Slade
“I really enjoyed bringing the story together and thinking of characters and their personalities. When I found out that I’d won the age 10-12 category, I was really surprised and excited.”

The two other Spooky Stories winners were six-year-old Anoushka Sharma with her imaginative tale The Ghost of Brockhampton and nine-year-old Lara Hodgson, whose story The Secret Priest Hole, was set at Coughton Court in Warwickshire.  Lara was also the overall winner of the competition.  All three stories can be found at

Bali Rai, Leicester based children’s author and Spooky Stories judge, said:  “I loved Amelia's story because it was exciting and spooky at once, and the standard of writing for the age group was excellent.  It hangs together perfectly, with a proper structure, and the cliff-hanger ending is quite wonderful.  A thoroughly fantastic effort!”

Further information about Spooky Stories can be found at

Twitter: @NTMidlands  #spookystories or @PeakDistrictNT

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Wild about Birds – A Flying Start!

Our Longshaw and Eastern Moors Explorers ventured over the moors to Shillito Woods to see and have a go at bird ringing this morning as part of the Eastern Moors “Flying Start” event. The RSPB launch their Big Garden Birdwatch next weekend, with this event getting people prepared to help with this important nationwide survey. Details of the Birdwatch can be found at

The morning gave us a fantastic, hands-on opportunity to get up-close to birds we usually see from a distance. Some of our young Explorers even got the chance to hold and set a bird free once they had been ringed.

Yellow hammer
On the Eastern Moors we saw many birds including: nuthatch, lesser redpoll, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, yellow hammer, blackbird and treecreeper.

The event was a great success, with a turnout of over 50 people coming to experience the art of bird ringing. I even got to hold and release three kinds of birds, an amazing first experience for me! As well as the bird ringing demonstration, there were a number of other activities going on. A bird ID trail through the woods, bird box making for Curbar Woods, pine cone bird feeders for the garden and building recycled binoculars all helped to shape the family event.

Back at Longshaw, another bird ringing session was underway. Once we had finished at the Eastern Moors event, we met with the bird ringers at Longshaw who had found blue tits, great tits, nuthatches, and a greater spotted woodpecker.

Our next Explorers event is on Saturday 22nd February, which will see us tracking wild animals around Longshaw. Meeting at the Moorland Discovery Centre at 10am. Don’t miss it!

The Longshaw and Eastern Moors Explorers is a family group who meet once a month to experience wildlife and the outdoors. Find out how to join the Explorers by contacting us at, or call us on 01433 637907.