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TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson joined about 600 hill walkers to light up of the Great Ridge in the Peak District last night (Tuesday May 22) to launch the start of National Camping and Caravanning Week (28 May to 3 June 2018) and support the British Mountaineering Council’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal.
Volunteer participants witnessed a glowing sunset before night descended and a spectacular line of lights appeared along the ridge. Despite a cold, fresh night, the marshalled walkers, all wearing headtorches, formed a continuous two mile-long trail that highlighted the shape of the sweeping ridge.
National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) is organised by The Camping and Caravanning Club, of which Julia Bradbury is President, and the event was run on May 22 in partnership with the BMC.
Walking and trekking is the number one pastime for campers and the event’s aim was to showcase the incredible trails in the country’s national parks, highlight the importance of protecting them, and encourage more people to explore these places when camping during NCCW. The BMC appeal aims to raise £1million to repair paths in the UK’s 15 national parks.