Listen while you walk to tale of rambling legend

Local residents David Blackburn and Julian Sankey,  narrators on the audio trail, with Coun Graham Baxter

Local residents David Blackburn and Julian Sankey, narrators on the audio trail, with Coun Graham Baxter

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People can discover the story of former Holmesfield resident GHB Ward in the new trail – one of 16 podcasts being produced by North East Derbyshire District Council, with the help of the Ramblers Association, to celebrate the history and heritage of the district.

Called Hidden Gems, the project has been launched thanks to £50,000 worth of funding from the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire (BNED) Leader Approach and is designed to boost local tourism.

A passionate lifelong campaigner for the right of free public access to open countryside and moorland, GHB Ward was an inspirational figure, leading Sheffield’s Clarion Rambers and organising the local and national groups which today form the Ramblers Association.

An information board by the Memorial Garden in Holmesfield – where the 10-mile walk starts – gives details of his life and work. The circular route passes his former home, continuing on to the moors which he loved and knew intimately, and also takes in Longshaw Estate.

Council leader Graham Baxter said: “North East Derbyshire has a strong and proud heritage, beautiful landscape and thriving communities – it is a district with many and varied stories to tell.

“This trail brings just one of these fascinating stories to life.”

The walk follows an existing route established by local ramblers in commemoration of GHB Ward’s work and takes in NE Derbyshire’s section of the Peak District National Park.

It can now be downloaded from the website at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/hidden-gems on to a mobile phone, iPod or mp3 player.