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In Search of the Elusive Mountain Hare

In Search of the Elusive Mountain Hare

In Search of the Elusive Mountain Hare

Thursday 23 February and Sunday 26 February 2023    

7 miles   

Spot the mountain hares still in their winter coats on the dramatic slopes above Ladybower Reservoir. The Peak District contains the only mountain hares in Great Britain outside Scotland and a small population on the Isle of Man. However, the Peak District population is threatened with extinction by global warming.


Mountain hares are grey-brown with a blue tinge in summer, and turn white during the winter; only the tips of their ears stay black. Hares shelter in a 'form', which is a shallow depression in the ground, but when startled they will leap across the moors on their powerful hind legs, often in a zigzag shape. 


Suitable for children over 10 years old but be prepared to walk 7 miles on very rough, steep ground.


Event Grade: Hard - longer more challenging walks usually with ascents and descents and rough terrain. 

Extra Items: Bring binoculars if you have them. 

Event Terrain: Some rough and steep walking off the path amongst rocks and heather. 

Start: 10.15am Finish: 3.00pm 

Meeting Point: Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derwent Lane, Bamford. From the A57 where the road crosses the Ladybower Reservoir, follow the brown tourist sign to Derwent Valley Dams, then to Fairholmes Visitor Centre. 

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Grid Reference: SK1725 8937 Postcode: S33 0AQ 

Parking: Pay & Display. Pay by cash at the machine or by card in the Visitor Centre.

Near Bus Route: No  

Near Rail Station: No 

Dogs: Assistance Dogs Only. 

Cost: £15 per person aged 18 and above. Children aged 17 and below go free on any suitable event. 

Click on the date in the calendar to see how many places are available and book on.