Derbyshire Walking Festival 2024

As part of a local walking festival, Sheffield Environmental Movement organised a guided walk at the Longshaw Estates for 27 South East Asian Women from ROSHNI.

This walk, led by Rangers, was arranged in collaboration with the Eastern Moors Partnership, National Trust & RSPB , and took place on 2nd July 2024 during the Derbyshire Dales Walking Festival 2024.

Below is the feedback from one of the women, aged 65yrs old, who attended the walk.
” I live alone with no family in the UK and have been in this country for 30yrs, I am very isolated suffer from mental health issues I don’t speak English and I needed a lot of support when I first came here to the UK. Through the years friends supported and referred me to ROSHNI. I had low self-esteem also suffered from Depression, at ROSHNI I was informed about field trips organised by SEM in partnership with ROSHNI to the countryside and I was very interested and excited.”

“I have never been to the Peak District National Park for walks. Having this opportunity to go on the walk with my fellow women I enjoyed it, it reminded me of my childhood back in Bangladesh, climbing trees picking fruits the fresh air was good, less air pollution, it made me feel very relaxed and calm helping with mental wellbeing. I really enjoyed walking with the group making new friends chatting and having a picnic together, finding out not to touch different plants in the wild in Peak District National Park as some can harm you. I would like to go on more walks in the Peak District and do more local walks within Darnall, walking is really good for my physical and mental well being”.

The Walk Moor programme is a Walk Derbyshire initiative between Eastern Moors volunteers, North East Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales District Councils.

The programme aims to introduce new and diverse audiences to walking in Derbyshire.