The Peak District walk that’s a piece of cake

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A CHANCE to sample the beauty of the Peak District - and its cakes - is being offered next month to raise funds for a countryside campaign group.

The Three Cakes Challenge, on Sunday, April 15, follows a three mile route along the Monsal Trail that includes three cake stops and ends with a treasure hunt in the gardens of Thornbridge Hall near Ashford-in-the-Water.

Among the walkers will be Rachel Rennie, a volunteer with Friends of the Peak District, and her three-year-old son, Bruce.

Rachel, who graduated recently from Sheffield Hallam University, grew up in the village of Litton, and has now moved back there.

“I moved to the Peak District when I was five years old and I have loved it ever since,” she said. “I love the way the landscapes change so dramatically in different weather and seasons. I never take the beauty of this area for granted and I got involved with Friends of the Peak District because I wanted to help protect the Peak District from threats to the countryside and its communities.”

The walk is open to people of all ages and abilities, and proceeds will go to Friends’ work in protecting the local countryside.

“Bruce is a good little walker, so the three mile route should be a doddle for him,” said Rachel. “He is very excited about finding the treasure at Thornbridge Hall! I’m looking forward to seeing the gardens, and some beautiful scenery, not to mention the cakes!”

The Three Cakes Challenge starts from Thornbridge Hall at 11.30am. Entry is £6, and free for under 5s. Tel 266 5822 or see www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk.

It is one of three routes in the Friends’ ‘Magnificent Walk’ day. The others are seven and 21 miles.