A group of 20 keen walkers got more than they bargained for when they signed up for Lafarge Cement’s Limestone Quarries walk as part of the Peak District Walking Festival.
The walkers had a nine-kilometre hike and a fascinating introduction into the world of quarrying. But as a bonus, they were also able to witness a 25,000 tonne ‘blast’ at the rockface and experience what it’s like to sit in the giant machines which extract the rawvmaterials Lafarge uses to manufacture cement for customers across the country.
Lafarge Cement Hope Works quarries manager, John McGough, who organised the walk, commented: “We were very lucky with this event. As well as hosting the walk and having five of our senior managers accompany the group, the schedule of our operation allowed us to throw in a few extras. The blast and access to a 65-tonne dumper truck and 20-tonne scoop vehicle really brought the educational aspect of the walking event to life.
On top of this operational insight, the group was also able to witness a palmate newt on route, thanks to Julia Gow from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, with whom we work very closely. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day and we very much hope to be able to support the Walking Festival again in future years.”
Lafarge’s Hope Works supports a range of initiatives to promote and support the Peak District - the Walking Festival is just one. This year the company is also giving its backing as a corporate sponsor to the Visit Peak District organisation, which aims to ‘foster the economic success of the tourism industry while enhancing the quality of life for local people’.