The Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park was the first of Britain’s 15 national parks, founded in 1951. With a total area of 555 sq miles (1,438 sq km) it reaches into five counties (it is said that some of the best bits of Derbyshire are in Staffordshire). It is formed by three distinctly different areas of the White Peak area where Winster is, the more rugged Dark Peak to the north and the open expanses of the Staffordshire Moorlands to the West. More than a third of its’ area is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There are more than 450 Scheduled Historic Monuments, including the Nine Ladies Stone Circle on nearby Stanton Moor and the Neolithic henge at Arbor Low.

There are 65 miles of off-road dedicated cycling and walking trails and 200 square miles of open access land – open to walkers without having to stick to paths as the result of the mass trespass in 1932 on Kinder Scout. It is all divided up by 5,440 miles of dry stone walls.

Of national significance, the area is the largest supplier of cement in the UK and our 55 reservoirs supply 450million litres of water a day to the East Midlands as far away as Leicester. It is also home to the Bakewell pudding which is said to have been invented by lucky mistake by an 18th century kitchen maid – don’t call it a tart, please!

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There are over 2,900 Listed Buildings, including world-renowned Chatsworth, medieval Haddon Hall, and many other impressive buildings which are regularly open to the public including Eyam Hall, Tissington Hall, Casterne Hall and it’s not too far to Hardwick Hall, Bolsover Castle and Kedleston Hall.

Things To Do:

A huge range of activities are on offer from pot holing to gliding and including sailing, climbing, riding, fishing and shooting. You can take a ride in a steam train, tram, vintage car, motorbike and sidecar or even learn how to drive a tank.

Derwent Valley Mills World heritage site stretches along the River Derwent from Ladybower Reservoir in the north to Derby. This was the birth place of the industrial revolution.

More Things To Do:

  • Climbing Kinder Scout with your own personal guide
  • Fly fishing on the Dove and Wye
  • Clay pigeon shooting in the Hope Valley
  • Afternoon tea at Tissington Hall with Sir Richard FitzHerbert
  • Photography in the Peak District National Park
  • Vintage Car Tour