THE PEAK DISTRICT, DERBYSHIRE
The Peak District was designated as the first UK National Park in 1951 to help protect its special landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage, and for its opportunities for informal recreation. Dramatic gritstone edges, wild heather moorlands and gentle limestone dales make the Peak District National Park one of Britain's best-loved landscapes. Shaped by humans over thousands of years, the Peak District is a 'living landscape' that supports a rich diversity of wildlife, culture and heritage.
The National Park covers an area of 1500km2, of which just over a third is moorland. These areas are often perceived as wild places, accessible only to the seasoned, or experienced rambler, but there are suitable places across the National Park where you will find the ‘going a little easier’. This is particularly so for those with limited mobility, the elderly and families with small children.
The northern reaches of the National Park are dominated by the untamed moorland summits of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill. These can be bleak environments, but this dramatic landscape provides a glimpse of real wilderness remaining in England.
The Hope Valley has the only remaining operational railway in the National Park, linking Manchester with Sheffield, and it is in this area that the limestone from the south meets dark gritstone from the north. The Derwent Valley is dominated by three large reservoirs fed by the moorlands above, made famous by its links with the Dambusters.
From Buxton in the west, the limestone plateau eventually gives way to moorland in the east. Bakewell, famous for its pudding, is a popular tourist destination in the heart of this area which is also popular for its well dressing ceremonies.
The area in the south is located to the north of the market town of Ashbourne, with Dovedale at its heart. The dales, characterised by wooded or flower-rich slopes, cut through the limestone plateau with its scattered villages, while cows and sheep graze the fields between the hedgerows and dry stone walls.
In the south west of the National Park, Leek, famous for its silk industry is where the hills of the Peak District rise from the Staffordshire Plain. Travel north to Whaley Bridge, and an area of dramatic gritstone ‘edges’ and windswept heather moors dominate the landscape, flanked by the spa town of Buxton in the east and Macclesfield in the west.
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