National Parks – The Musical!

With a Lake District book deadline to meet and less than a third of the walks completed, I should really have been heading up to the north west during half term. But I’ve had time off from the countryside over the last few days, swapping the fresh air and lakes for the urban landscape of London during a short break.

I have a funny relationship with London. It keeps pulling me back at least twice a year because of the shows and museums that are, let’s face it, world class. But once I’ve been there for a couple of days I can’t wait to leave and get a rush of excitement as I leave for the north again, to the Peak District and the Lake District. Poet Ian Macmillan tweeted recently that this was “North Thrill.” A great psychological term!

But if the pull of London is the West End shows, with musicals on every corner, I wondered what it would be like to combine the two. What if we created a make-believe musical based on hiking in the countryside?! National Parks: The Musical! Let’s hear your suggestions for what tracks would be involved! I’ll start you off…

Yazz: The Only Way Is Up – Ok, you’ve got to come down, but a great song for climbing to!

Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walking: Does what it says on the overused preverbial tin.

Climb Every Mountain: Yes, it’s been in a musical before, but can’t we borrow this classic Sound of Music song for ours as well?

The Shamen, Move Any Mountain: Not literally.

D:Ream, Things Can Only Get Better: For the times you get caught in a storm.

Share your ideas by replying to this post and popping them on Twitter. #nationalparksmusical


Published by peternaldrett

I'm a writer who contributes to newspapers and magazines on a regular basis and has also published several outdoor guides to the Peaks, Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. I write educational material for multiple publishers and have just finished writing my first book for Bloomsbury - out in 2019. My new Peak District Year Round Walks is out now.

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