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Derbyshire and the Peak District Resources

In 1951 the Peak District was designated as Britain's first National Park. In the south are the gently rolling hills of the limestone White Peak, while to the north, west and east are the wild, heather-clad moorlands of the Dark Peak, famed for its peat bogs, where the moisture in the peat is trapped by underlying millstone grit.

The main centres for the White Peak area are Dovedale and Lathkill Dale, although there are numerous other dales, all providing good, well-drained paths. The Dark Peak is divided into four distinct areas, with the most popular area being the Edale valley, which can become busy at times; why not head up from the valley for some High Peak walking? Or for something completely different, explore the Peak District’s scrambling opportunities.

The midlands of England offer the walker gentler landscapes, with historic interest, tranquil river valleys, canal-side walking, for example in Derbyshire, or the Malvern Hills, with far-reaching views across to the Black Mountains of Wales and surrounding areas of Worcestershire.

(Photo by Mark Richards 'White Peak Walks'')

Useful websites:  (National Park Authority) (The original and most comprehensive guide to the Peak District)

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