10% discount for train travellers
The Peak District is Britain's oldest national park and its position, surrounded by several cities and with great road links, also make it the busiest (although of course we think it has more to do with it being the best national park!).
It's great to get so many people visiting but that also brings a lot of traffic. One alternative to jumping in the car is to jump on a train instead. The picturesque Hope Valley Train Line is the perfect way to access the park. Trains run from Manchester or Sheffield and stop at many fantastic access points. The Edale stop is great from walks on Kinder, Hathersage is a great hopping off point for fantastic gritstone crags and Bamford gives you access to the off road heaven of the Derwent Valley.
Our local station is Hope and that's the most useful of all - that's the perfect access point for Peak Mountaineering's fantastic courses! We're always more than happy to pick course participants up from the station and, of course, our extensive knowledge of local services means we'll be able to set you up with good places to eat and stay if you need it. All our first aid courses are also conveniently run just a few hundred metres from the station.
Peak Connections have just launched an information campaign to encourage more use of the local trains (their new leaflets are downloadable here) and we are really keen to help. We trawled our 2011 records and reckon 13% of our course participants arrived by train. We want to aim for 25% in 2012. To help offset the travel costs we are offereing 10% off any 2012 course cost for anyone that travels to us by train. Just let us know your travel plans when you book and we'll happily adjust the price. It's another step towards protecting a special place.
Please attend one of our courses in 2012......but please consider getting to us by train!