Mini-trekkers seeking lifelong playground

Published on: 30 Jul 2014

August spells discovery and sizzling summer fun in a smart new mission designed to attract mini adventurers in the Lake District.

Tuesdays will see Mini-Trekkers getting active for free right across the month when under seven year-olds can join nature walks and activities in Bowness, Grasmere and Keswick.

Aimed at introducing the national park's phenomenal nature and landscape, families can simply turn up at the tourist information centre in Bowness, Grasmere village green or Keswick's Theatre by the Lake.

Action starts at 10 am, runs until noon, and is on a first come, first served basis. Activities include natural art, going on a scavenger hunt and a rucksack rummage.

A Lake District National Park volunteer co-ordinator, Annie Duckworth, said the goal was to inspire the very young and encourage a life-long love of the area.

She explained: "This is a very exciting first for us. All the events are being run by our enthusiastic volunteers, who will be sharing their passion for the iconic Lakes' landscape.

"When we put out an appeal for help to run these sessions, we were thrilled to get the response we did. We have a keen crew, eager and more than willing to get going.

"These new kids' adventures will allow children to discover the natural world and are designed to be an early introduction to the fells and landscapes."

They are being sponsored by Keswick outdoors retailer, George Fisher, who donated five emergency shelters.

Company director, Andy Airey said: "We are happy to support this because we appreciate that once kids are introduced to outdoor activities they will find a playground they can use for the rest of their lives."

"A day with Mini-Trekkers in the Lake District may be a child's first step on a life of outdoor discovery."

For more information, check out Tuesdays in August on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/events

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