Charity walk’s Peak markers

Bluebell Wood Walk Finish at Thornbridge Hall, Ashford in the Water.Walkers taking part in 'Toms Golden Mile Challenge' finishing off after a two day 35 mile walk through 20 Derbyshire Villages in aid of Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice.Pictured is a Piper leading the walkers the last few yards to the finish along with Gillian Scotford pushing her son Thomas
Bluebell Wood Walk Finish at Thornbridge Hall, Ashford in the Water.Walkers taking part in 'Toms Golden Mile Challenge' finishing off after a two day 35 mile walk through 20 Derbyshire Villages in aid of Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice.Pictured is a Piper leading the walkers the last few yards to the finish along with Gillian Scotford pushing her son Thomas

A CHARITY walk which takes place annually in the Peak District is taking a step towards fame as it is set to be offically signposted throughout the area.

The 35-mile walk, called the golden mile, was originally devised four years ago by Dronfield mum Gillan Scotford, a former district nurse.

Gillan created the trek - which passes through 20 villages in Derbyshire - to help Bluebell Wood children’s hospice in Dinnington raise £2m.

The hospice has cared for her son Thomas, 16, who was born with a serious heart defect and is severly brain damaged, requiring 24 hour care.

Now the Peak District National Park authority is to put markers up for the route which Gillan hopes will make it as famous as the coast to coast walk.

“My dream is that people will come on holiday to the Peak District and choose to walk the route for whatever charity they wish,” she said.

The signposts will also help raise more awareness for Bluebell Wood as they will also feature the charity name.

Gillan and husband Russell,who live in Highgate Drive, Dronfield, also have a son Sam, 13, who had a stroke, has cerebral palsy and autistic type behaviour and another son, Max, 18, who is able-bodied.

A book was also published in May last year called The Golden Miles, with the money raised been split equally between Bluebell Wood and the care and equipment for Gillan’s sons.

The publication,which was written by Gillan, features the golden miles walk, shorter walks and a section titled ‘Access for all’, which features information on places in Derbyshire and accommodation with disabled access facilities.

The book, which has gained support from a number of people including the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, is available at all good bookshops, Waitrose, and online.

Information can also be found about the event at www.goldenmiles.co.uk.