Local MP Andrew Bingham welcomed a number of MPs and Lords last Friday, as they came to Edale for the annual walk of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering.
The walk gave the MPs an opportunity to reflect on the value of climbing, walking and mountaineering to the health and wellbeing of the nation, and the impact that everyday outdoor recreation can have alongside mainstream sporting activities.
The walk also allowed for discussions on how adventure activity and minority sporting activities such as climbing and hillwalking can be adequately supported in the Peak District and beyond.
Andrew was joined on the walk by a number of MPs and Peers, along with representatives from leading outdoor organisations, such as BMC president Rehan Siddiqui, BMC access officers, and colleagues from the Ramblers and the Peak District National Park. The BMC represents a growing membership of over 80,000 keen climbers, mountaineers and hill walkers.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering (Mountaineering APPG) is co-chaired by David Rutley MP (Macclesfield) and John Mann MP (Bassetlaw). Other parliamentarians attending the walking meeting were Andrew Bingham MP, Lord Haworth, Angela Smith MP (Penistone & Stocksbridge), Derek Twigg MP (Halton), Graham Evans MP (Weaver Vale), Nia Griffith MP (Llanelli) and Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe).
"I was absolutely delighted to welcome members of the Mountaineering APPG to the Hope Valley. I keep telling other MPs that the High Peak is the most beautiful constituency in the country, and I think they now see why.
“It was also good to talk to Rehan and others about how the Peak Park is managing the access routes, including the Pennine Way, as well as other issues in the Park.”
David Rutley said:
“It’s good to see interest in outdoor recreation increasing and the membership of the BMC growing; I think this is a sign that more people are getting outdoors and discovering the adventurous possibilities of our wonderful countryside.
"Everyday outdoor recreational activities are a positive way to tackle the challenge of physical inactivity and it is great to see more parliamentary champions promoting them.”
Dr Cath Flitcroft, BMC access & conservation policy officer said:
“A large number of MPs are now engaged with the outdoor agenda. We’re keen to highlight the importance of partnership working and explore ideas as to how National Parks can continue to deliver crucial environmental, economic and social benefits to both local communities and the nation.”