Peak District Pick & Play 2016

19th May 2016

Pick and Play group

On Sunday 15th May the fifth Peak Mountaineering litter collection and outdoor activities event took place in the Peak District National Park.  The Pick and Play, which is run in conjunction with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, combines cleaning up the UK’s oldest and busiest national park with a range of activities which this year included climbing, abseiling, weaselling, bushcraft, a ranger guided nature walk and a navigation workshop.  

This 2016 event attracted 82 participants and a mountain of rubbish was collected from sites around Hathersage Moor, Burbage, Millstone and along the Hathersage to Sheffield road.  Among the most common items collected were stacks of plastic bottles and snack wrappers while the most unusual item found must have been the gramophone horn stuck in a muddy ditch!

Pick and Play rubbish pile

Lots of families attended the event but there were also plenty of singles, couples and groups of friends in attendance too.  There was also a broader range of ages than ever before with Doug being the oldest participant at 86 and the youngest was 4 month old Clara.

The participants were lucky to enjoy a blue sky early summer weather day and alongside the litter collection, participants climbed and abseiled at Lawrencefield, weaselled at Higgar Tor, learnt some bushcraft skills, navigated up and around Owler Tor and enjoyed a guided nature walk to Padley Gorge.


The concept of the Pick and Play has always been to offer a completely free event that can be enjoyed by everyone and this relies on an army of outdoor instructors willing to give up their time to run the activities and this year’s team included many highly trained members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and Mountain Training Association (MTA).

The event was generously supported by Rab Equipment (who are also sponsors of the AMI) and Nikwax, with additional raffle prizes being provided by Lifestraw and Hydroflask.  The many products supplied meant participants could enter a superb giveaway raffle with winners walking away with everything from sleeping bags to water filters.  There was also support from other local companies including Sheffield based Revive Medicare who provided healthy snack food.

Pick and Play instructors

Peak Mountaineering has already set a date for next year’s Pick and Play and would love to hear from anyone that’s interested in attending.  Everyone is welcome and, as mentioned, there is absolutely no cost to participants.  The 2017 Pick & Play date for your diary is Sunday May 14th. 

Posted by Paul

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