Envirotrek is a unique event combining litter clean up with the chance to try some outdoor activities. In the morning participants spend a couple of hours collecting rubbish from wilderness areas, enjoy a replenishing lunch and then head out to have a go at a variety of outdoor activities in the afternoon.
The event has been running in Europe for several years and last year we were delighted to be asked to host the UK’s first ever Envirotrek in conjunction with Dutch environmental charity Respect the Mountains. The sun shone (honestly!), rubbish was collected (along Stanage, in the Burbage Valley and Cave Dale), loads of great food was eaten and various outdoor activities were enjoyed (caving, climbing and mountain biking). It was a brilliant event. Infact, it was so good that when asked to evaluate the event, 96% of attendees said they would like to do it again.
We learnt a lot and we knew we could make it even better….and on June 16th 2013 we are running it again. This year it's based from the centre of Castleton and with the help of the Peak District National Park Ranger Team and the Conservation Volunteer Co-ordinators we’ve found some areas of the park that really need a clean-up. We’ve also persuaded our renowned Castleton catering team to sort out another great lunch and we will be offering even more outdoor activities (caving, climbing, a nature walk and a high and low ropes course). It promises to be a really enjoyable day with the added bonus being the feel good factor you’ll get from having helped to clean up the UK’s first (and busiest) National Park.
The event is open to all ages and makes a fantastic family day out. There is a small charge of £9 per adult and £5 for under 12’s but that includes the delicious lunch and all participants receive a brilliant goody bag (if they become a Respect the Mountains supporter) and t-shirt provided by main sponsors Keen Footwear. They’ll also be the chance to win some prizes on the day. All the outdoor activities are run by our specialist instructor team and all the technical equipment is provided. We'll also have other activities on the go such as wine tasting provided by food sponsors Barefoot Wines and the event is also supported by Bergans of Norway.
We try hard to make the event as environmentally sustainable as possible so anyone travelling by train can be collected at the station (just let us know in advance) and we are trying hard to consider the impact of all our plans and resources for the day. There's no point clearing up the park if we damage the environment in the process! So, we really hope you can join us. The number of places is strictly limited so please register through the Respect the Mountains website here to secure a place. We have also put all the details about times and venue on our dedicated Envirotrek page here. If you only want to join us for the morning litter collection we still hope you'll come along - together we can make the park a cleaner place to enjoy.
With your help Envirotrek 2013 will be bigger, better and more productive than ever. Please join us (and if you know of anyone that would be interested please let them know too).
See you there.
Paul and the team