The Peak District
The Peak District is located in North Derbyshire and is a landscape of high moorland and green valleys. Rocky crags rise up from heather moors, punctuated by wooded dales and pastures.
The Peak District National Park covers a large swathe of the region and is over 500 square miles. This is where the Pennine Way begins - a 250 mile track that runs along the Pennine Chain towards the Scottish Border.
It is also known as 'adventure country' and is perfect for walking, hiking and climbing. The Castleton and Hope Valleys also provide the opportunity for potholing with a large network of underground caves and tunnels which run underground.
Towns worth seeing include Glossop, Matlock and Buxton The latter, a spa town is considered by many to rival Bath with its beautiful Crescent and hot spring. It dates back to Roman times and the mineral water company Buxton was founded there.
One can also find a plethora of hamlets dotted around. Baslow is a good example, with its stone bridge, as well as the neighbouring village of Bubnell. The nearby Abney is typical of Derbyshire, surrounded by wild, rugged moorland countryside.
Peak Tours delivers hire cycles to any venue in the Peak District and offers friendly guidance and advice. Other outdoor centres include the Derbyshire Angling Club in Alfreton and the popular sailing club at Ogston Reservoir. There’s also the Wild Park Leisure Centre that caters for Paintballing enthusiasts – it’s about ten minutes from Derby City Centre.
History and Culture
Historical attractions include Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire, Sudbury Hall and Tutbury Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Bakewell’s neolithic stone circle and neolithic monuments are also important sites.