Situated in the heart of England lies the famously breathtaking Peak District National Park. Covering an area of 555 square miles and encompassing parts of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire the national park attracts millions of visitors every year, all of whom are keen to soak up the diverse landscapes, indulge in adrenaline fuelling adventures, appreciate historical architecture and enjoy local delicacies.
The Peak District is perhaps most famed for its diverse landscapes, which alter and morph as you go from south to north. The southern end of the park is known for its steep limestone valleys and deep rolling hills, which stand in stark contrast to the moorland plateaus and grit stone ridges of the north. Dotted between the peaks are lakes, rivers, gorges and reservoirs, making this one of the most intriguing landscapes in the country, and a magnet for walkers. Whether they come to climb Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peaks, access the stunning views from Mam Tor or opt for a more relaxing stroll on Tissington Trail , one thing they can be sure of is being rewarded by panoramic views, clean air and that unique feeling of being close to nature.
The image of the Peak District wouldn’t be complete without its picturesque towns and villages, the biggest of which is the famous Bakewell. Identified by the 13th Century five-arched bridge towering over the River Wye, it is also home to ‘The Original Bakewell Pudding’ shop, birthplace of the Bakewell Pudding, a local delicacy not to be confused with the much wider known Bakewell Tart. Eyam village is also worth visiting, not just for its stunning scenery but also its historical notoriety for self-imposed quarantine during the Black Death Plague in 1665. Many people perished as a result of this but the village’s Priest persuaded villagers that it would be for the greater good if the disease were not to spread further. Outside Eyam’s many cottages there are plaques dedicated to the memory of the people who lived and died in them. Finally the village of Castleton is an essential stop for all walkers as it is surrounded by some of the best routes in the country as well as boasting an array of traditional pubs, shops selling local produce, a beautiful stream and homemade cakes!
With all the diversity and activities going on in the Peak District we thought we would make it simple for you to start exploring the area by selecting three well-loved walks for you to get your boots stuck into.
Birchen Edge to Chatsworth Walking Route
For those of you that appreciate beautiful landscapes, famous architecture and British history!
The Limestone Way is perfect for those of you looking for a long distance challenge – all 46 way marked miles of long distance!
Hathersage to Stanage Edge is a 9-mile route that takes you along the wonderful cliffs of Stanage Edge with superb views of the Derwent & Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
But if at the end of the day (or three depending on which route you choose to take!) you feel a rest day might be on the cards. You can still enjoy the sights by opting for a more sedate mode of transport - the cable cars of Abraham Heights http://www.heightsofabraham.com. Rising from the valley floor, the cable cars transport you across the Derwent Valley and open up incredible views of the Peak District. Once at the top, you have access to two guided cave walks, Sights of Specific Scientific Interest, heritage walks and an adventure playground!
The Peak District is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts with a plethora of activities, adventures, outstanding vistas and opportunities to unwind in the arms of nature. You can tailor make your perfect holiday in this wonderful area, and we hope this article has given you some great starting points for your hopes, plans and outdoor dreams.