Peak District

  1. 'Sad day' as bearded vulture leaves Peak District

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    A rare bird of prey which led to thousands of people visiting the Peak District National Park to catch a glimpse, has left the area.

    'Vigo' the bearded vulture, which was larger than a golden eagle, has begun moving south after about three months in the park.

    Bearded vulture

    Tim Birch, from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said it was last seen in Edale, Derbyshire, on Saturday, but has since been spotted in Leicester.

    "I feel quite sad [and] I just hope it stays safe," he said.

    "The bird was a powerful advocate for our national parks to be wilder.

    "The number of people who came to visit was incredible... it was an absolute joy for people to connect with nature."

  2. Victorian marker at stone circle damaged

    Samantha Noble

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for information after a pillar which marks the boundary of a stone circle in the Peak District has been badly damaged.

    The stone marker, which was enscribed with VR for Victoria Regina, was placed at Arbor Low in the Peak District in the 1880s when it was designated a scheduled monument.

    Derbyshire Police's rural crime team said on Facebook: "Someone has felt the need to take some hefty implement to the marker stone and cause it some considerable damage."

    The force said it happened "in the last two or three weeks".

    stone pillar

    Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument where a circle of some 50 white limestone slabs - now all fallen - surround a central stone cove, which, according to English Heritage, is a feature found only in major sacred sites.

    The damaged stone was a marker for the boundary of the monument, not one of the ancient stones.

    Arbor Low
  3. Sunrise snaps across the East Midlands

    Samantha Noble

    BBC News Online

    People across the region have snapped some beautiful sunrise shots this morning.

    The photographs below were taken at Mam Tor in the Peak District, Chilwell and the final picture was shot in Chesterfield by ambulance crew member Tracy as she arrived for her shift.

    Mam Tor
    Chesterfield, Debryshire
  4. Man suffers broken ankle at Padley Gorge

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A walker suffered a painful end to a Sunday stroll in the Peak District when he slipped on a rock and broke his ankle.

    Members of the Edale Mountain Rescue Team rushed to Padley Gorge to give him pain relief and put his leg in a splint before carrying him to an ambulance back on the road.

    Padley Gorge emergency
  5. Park staff kick up a stink over discarded dog mess

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    It's sometimes a dirty job - but no-one should have to do it like this...

    The Peak District National Park Authority has kicked up a stink over irresponsible dog owners leaving mess behind.

    Pictures have been released showing what happens when a power strimmer meets carelessly-discarded dog poo.

    Strimmer mess

    A member of staff was clearing grassy areas at one of the authority's car parks when he hit several bags hidden in the vegetation.

    A spokesman said: "Lots of time lost getting cleaned-up and disinfected, which could be used looking after our beautiful national park.

    "Big thanks to those owners who bag it, bin it or take it home".

  6. Peak District 'paraglider crash' was party balloon

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Mountain rescue teams and an air ambulance rushed to Edale yesterday after a group of walkers on the Mam Tor ridge reported seeing a paraglider falling through the air and landing out of sight.

    After a lengthy search, the only thing found was a large pink party balloon.

    Mountain rescuer with pink balloon

    Edale Mountain Rescue Team said: "It looks like this was a well-intentioned false alarm but it does highlight the fact that not only can these helium balloons create problems for our wildlife, they can also cause a lot of expense and time wasted for the emergency services."

  7. Trust condemns piles of rubbish left at Dovedale

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A dramatic increase in the number of people camping has led to piles of rubbish, barbecues and tents dumped in Dovedale and other beauty spots, the National Trust has said.

    The organisation said 170 large bin bags of litter were collected over three days in June after visitors flocked to the Peak District attraction as lockdown restrictions were eased.

    It said over the past few weeks staff had cleared 25 tents, 20 camping chairs, six air beds, two camping tables and several disposable barbecues from Dovedale, which forms part of the White Peak estate.

    Dovedale crowds

    Ben McCarthy, from the trust, said: "We have seen a huge increase in the number of people fly-camping at our places over the past few weeks, and they are leaving not only vast quantities of litter behind, but in some instances tents and much of their equipment.

    “We are seeing a disposable festival mentality which we've not experienced at our places before.

    "We want to remind people to follow the countryside code and that they should only camp overnight with a landowner's permission."

  8. Peak District drivers park on verge next to double yellow lines

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Dozens of cars at a Derbyshire beauty spot have been pictured trying to avoid new double yellow lines by parking on the verge.

    After weeks of problems with illegal parking at Ladybower reservoir, the county council emphasised existing restrictions by painting the lines.

    The results at the weekend prompted a disappointed tweet from the council.

    Ladybower parking

    It said: "Do you know that double yellow lines mean no parking on the verge and pavement as well as the side of the road?

    "Please don't park here, you'll damage the verge. And get a ticket."

    It also advised visitors to check how full car parks were before setting out.

  9. Police issue 30 parking fines to 'arrogant' drivers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Thirty parking tickets have been issued to drivers who illegally parked their cars near a Derbyshire beauty spot.

    Cars ticketed in Padley Gorge

    Officers said "the arrogance is astonishing" as drivers ignored notices along the B6621 near Padley Gorge in the Peak District.

    The signs state that parking where there were double-white lines would result in a fine and three points on the driver's licence.

    Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit said it was to protect a blind bend.

    The drivers were issued with tickets fining them £100.

    Car ticketed in Padley Gorge