Up high or down in the dales, the Peak District delivers a great holiday all year round

Dark and White Peak

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The Peak District is divided into two broad areas, due to its geographic configuration, the Dark Peak and the White Peak. This is further divided into four distinct areas: The Peaks, The Western Dales, The Derwent Valley, North of Bakewell and finally The Peak District Fringes.

The area where most of the peaty, boggy, heather moorland is located is the Dark Peak, and the most of small towns and villages are located in a part of the national park is known as the White Peak. You can explore extensively either through the hiking trails or on horseback or mountain biking along the many bridleways off the main walkways. For those who are experts at rock climbing, then go towards the Roaches, that slope at 1,657 feet – and are visible form any roadside within the district. Alternatively, take up the challenge to climb Stanage Edge, which is almost 1,500 feet high.

Guided walks are an ideal way to explore the national park, and there are over 250 walks planned each year and most of them are free, and, one can have a variety of walks to go on, depending on power, strength and fitness levels. The walks are run by National Park Rangers, have a wide knowledge of the local wildlife, intriguing trails and historic sites to see. Also, with walking in the company of others, you will develop new skills such as navigation, map reading and orienteering.

The best way to see the region and its landscape are to explore the locality, and because there is such choice in what activities you can participate in, make sure that you do plenty of research. You may require a compass and OS map for some of the walks, or you can take with others guided by an expert ranger.

Walking breaks in the Peak District

If you are, a new-comer, to walking, then select your walking tour carefully. There are many levels of tours, and some do require waterproof clothes and shoes. As a new visitor to the Peak District, search for walking advice at the many visitor and tourist information centres. Experts in the centres will assist you decide which walks, tours, hikes or rambles might be suitable for you.

A great thing about the Peak District National Park is that many of its paths and walkways are accessible to the disabled, and, buggies so there are opportunities for all levels and abilities to participate and have an enjoyable and relaxing break.

There are way-marked trails all over the Peak District.

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the beauty of the landscape in the Peak District

The big question, the Peak District or Mount Fuji?

The Peak District is one of the most magnificent beauty spots, in the UK. It is visited by nearly, 25 million people each, and, every year. It’s well documented for its geographical appeal as it is full of moorland walks and astonishing landscapes and is a walkers and ramblers paradises, depending on the season you desire to vacation in the region. The Peak District is also the second most visited national park on the globe, the first being the Mount Fuji Park in Japan.

Rent a self-catering cottage out in the hills or nestled in a Derbyshire village and come and have a wonderful time in the Peaks.

The Peak District is a magnet for walkers and ramblers all year round.

In the summer, rambling and hill walks can be a fun way to boost your fitness levels, and take in some fresh air that is clean and healthy. In the autumn and winter months, with all the leaves changing colour and falling to the ground below, forms a sea of pure coppery and gold tones totally ideal for photography, or film the region's striking natural beauty on a camcorder. Lots of people are beginning to keep video diaries which is a very nice record of country holidays and allow you to enjoy all that scenery anew in your old age when your legs can no longer carry you up into the hills.

Cycle hire and traffic free paths in the Peak District

The thrill of cycling down a country lane full pelt or gentle cruising through beautiful countryside, stopping at intervals to catch your breath and take in the splendour of the scenery. That is the Peak District. There are various locations for cycle hire, one of which is in the Upper Derwent Valley. There are traffic free cycle paths that take cyclists past the spectacular curtain of water created by the dam.

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There is also a lake here, picnic tables, a resident population of ducks - a lovely place for a family day out during your self-catering country break.

The steep inclines of some of the roads offer a strong challenge to cyclists and mountain bikers although there are also plenty of cycle paths on flat terrain.

The Peak District towns and villages for sightseeing days out

Masses of visitors over decades to the Peak District have resulted in a wealth of tourist attractions and popular villages for days out in between walking the dales. These villages also offer self-catering apartments and cottages that are surrounded by shops and amenities. Some people like to stay in town, others prefer the tranquillity of the countryside. Whether or not you have a car makes all the difference. It is easy to choose a stunning remote spot if you have transport otherwise one is reliant on public transport.

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Certain Peak District villages are a big draw to tourists. The Village of Eyam has a poignant history about the period of the Great Plague. This is recorded in the parish church and in the streets around the church.

Matlock Bath and Matlock have various tourist attractions to entertain all ages plus gift shops and eateries galore.

Bakewell Peak DistrictThe bustling town of Buxton (famed for mineral water) hosts events all year round and has everything that tourists desire: places to visit, accommodation, tea shops and restaurants, a high street and more.

The small town of Bakewell of Bakewell Tart fame is another tourist magnet. There are more tea shops than you can shake a tea pot at and lots of delicious scones and cakes to eat.


The Peak District is conveniently situated in the centre of England

Most people living in England can get to the Peak District in under three hours. The populations of the Midlands, Manchester, Huddersfield, Barnsley and Rotherham virtually have acres of countryside of the Peak District and umpteen walking trails on their doorstep which is lovely for weekend escapes.



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