Search Dog display on Bank Holiday weekend

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team Search Dogs will be at the National Trust Family Countryside Fair being held at Dunscar Farm, Castleton, Hope Valley (S33 8WA) this WhitSun weekend.

The National Trust High Peak Estate stretches from the heather-clad moors of Kinder to the gritstone tors of Derwent Edge, and from the peat bogs of Bleaklow to the limestone crags of Winnats Pass. The wild Pennine moorlands are of international importance for their populations of breeding birds and mosaic of habitats. Sites of particular interest include Mam Tor, with spectacular views, landslip and prehistoric settlement, and the famous Snake Pass. Kinder Scout, where the Mass Trespass of 1932 took place, is the highest point for 50 miles.

The National Trust are very generous to the Search and Rescue Dogs of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Teams allowing access to much of this land for training. Without the continuing goodwill of landowners like the Trust it would be very difficult to train the dogs and handlers to the high standard required to search for missing persons.

Demonstrations of the Search Dogs work will be held at 11.30 and 3.00 pm and the dogs and handlers will be available at the SARDA stand throughout the day, where the public can learn more about the dogs and the role of the ‘Dogsbodies’!

The event is open from 11am until 4.00 pm with fun activities for all the family, including local food stalls, games, live music, crafts and countryside displays.

Admission charges are: Adult £3, Child £3, Family £10

Refreshments will be on sale and dogs are welcome on a lead.

Further details are available from:  Administrator, 01433 670368, highpeakestate@nationaltrust.org.uk

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