Explore the national park by bus or train

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FREE leaflets have been produced to encourage people to visit two Peak District National Park villages by bus and train.

Peak Connections has produced the leaflets for Hope and Hathersage using funding from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Live and Work Rural scheme, which helps small and medium sized businesses that enhance the environment of the Peak District National Park.

The leaflets include:

• A colour map of the villages

• A bus and train timetable showing services for the village

• A walking route highlighting points or places of interest for visitors

• Details of local shops and businesses

Carol Lavell, Peak Connections project officer, said: “Peak Connections is all about getting people on to buses and trains to visit the area and enjoy a day out, without the hassle of driving or finding parking spaces.

“Hathersage and Hope were chosen for the leaflets as both have good public transport links, a good network of local businesses, facilities and points of interest for a visitor.

“We hope the leaflets will give people reasons to visit the villages and enable them to do that in a sustainable way.”

The leaflets can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/peakconnections or www.visitpeakdistrict.com/peakconnections alongside guides for other villages and other information about the Peak Connections project.

Printed copies are available from Peak District National Park visitor centres, business in the Hope Valley , the Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and both Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities.

Jane Marsden, of Hope Valley Ice Cream, one of the businesses featured in the Hathersage leaflet, said: “It is a great leaflet which will help visitors explore our wonderful village, where they can experience swimming in our heated open air pool while looking up at the wonderful countryside, or stroll through the maze of footpaths that cross over farm land into open countryside.”

Councillor David Jackson, chair of the recreation committee at Hathersage Parish Council, said: “We wish to promote travel to the village by public transport as there are limited parking facilities.

“We are conscious that reduced traffic movement in the village and the whole Peak District gives a more enjoyable experience for visitors and should encourage them to return on future occasions.”