Historic photos recreated in Peak District to celebrate 70 years of Britain's National Parks

Five charities have taken to the Peak District to recreate a series of vintage photos as part of 70th anniversary celebrations for Britain's National Parks.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:02 pm
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:19 pm
Photo by John Bradley

Historic photos from the 1920s, 30s and 40s showing the mass-movement campaign to protect the countryside have been recreated in the Peak District during a celebratory walk, which was filmed for BBC's Countryfile and will be shown on Sunday night, April 7. Tomo Thompson, CEO of Friends of the Peak District – the organisation that supplied many of the original photos commented: “We had a fantastic time updating these photos. The 70th anniversary of the National Parks is a great opportunity to further the important work being done to open the National Parks for everyone to enjoy regardless of background or ability.”

1920s Ramblers pose for a picture. Photo - Ramblers Association.
Modern Ramblers pose at the top of Hollins Cross in the Peak District. Photo - John Bradley.

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Walkers look over the valley of Edale in the Peak District. Photo - R Chaney
Members of the Peak District Mosaic Group update the photo in the same valley. Photo credit: John Bradley.
1930s walkers overlook the beautiful Peak District. Photo credit: Friends of the Peak District
Mountain Trike users update the photo overlooking the Hope Valley. Photo credit Calum McGregor
Members of the National Park Commission including Pauline Dower the widow of John Dower who wrote a seminal report The case for National Parks in 1945 (left). Photo - LJ Watson
Members of OutdoorLads, a Gay, Bi and Trans outdoor group updating the photo. Photo - John Bradley.
Tom Stephenson leads MPs including Barbara Castle on a walk to convince them of the case for National Parks. Photo credit: Ramblers Association
Ramblers Tom Platt leads parliamentarians and others on the anniversary walk, including Sir Patrick McCloughlin MP and Ruth George MP, and Kate Ashbrook, CEO of the Open Spaces Society. Photo - John Bradley.