Walkers collect bags of rubbish

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FIFTEEN bags of rubbish were cleared from the tracks around Hope Valley by a team of 50 volunteers.

The clean-up, organised by Respect the Mountains, involved people hiking in the area and collecting litter en-route.

A light switch, bucket, football, portable barbecue and the top of a wheelbarrow were among the items found.

The finder of the most original piece of rubbish won a pair of hiking shoes.

A Respect the Mountains spokeswoman said: “Every year 100 million tourists visit European mountain destinations.

“All these people leave a footprint behind. To give back to these nature areas, Respect the Mountains organises the Envirotrek Series - hikes to enjoy nature and help her by simply cleaning up.

“A simple way of giving back that is enjoyable and effective.

“In 2011 almost 200 people collected over 500kg of rubbish.”

Respect the Mountains is an organisation set up to promote sustainable mountain tourism and draw attention to the areas.