Last Sunday morning (28 April), the Broads National Park information centre at Hoveton welcomed an expected but unusual visitor.
Intrepid Lorna Fisher, the Peak District National Park Engagement Manager, pedalled along Station Road and arrived at the centre to complete the final stretch of her challenge – an epic 1,658-mile bike ride taking in all 15 UK National Parks in just two weeks.
Lorna said: “I’m an explorer at heart, who loves being outside, but this has been by far my greatest challenge. It feels amazing to finally reach the Broads National Park! I’ve enjoyed tuning in to the landscapes and meeting people who live and work in all the parks, and I hope I’ve encouraged more people to get out and enjoy the UK’s wonderful national parks. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported me along the way.”
Rob Leigh, Head of Communications at the Broads Authority, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Lorna and offer our warmest congratulations on her fantastic achievement.”
This year is the 70th anniversary of legislation that led to the Peak District becoming the UK’s first national park, in 1951. The ride has raised funds for #70kfor70, the first campaign of the newly-launched Peak District National Park Foundation, which is raising funds to care for the Peak District National Park’s landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage – and to enable more people to enjoy the park.
Lorna, who leads a team of rangers, began her ride in the Cairngorms on 13 April, and pedalled through national parks in Scotland, Wales and England on her way to the finish in the Broads National Park. The punishing route was about twice the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
She is also raising awareness of 2019 as the Year of Green Action, urging people to say #iWill to new challenges that help contribute to sustainable lifestyles.
Find out more from https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/donate/our-fundraising-heroes/pedalling-the-parks and if Lorna has inspired you to go cycling, go to www.VisitTheBroads.co.uk for all you need to know about bike hire and cycle routes in the Broads National Park.
Monday 29 April 2019