There’s a Tolkeinesque landscape divide here. The northerly Dark Peak is wilder, famed for its wild and exposed tracts of moorland top. Further south in the White Peak, gently rolling limestone plateaus are dissected by dales and colourful hay meadows.
The landed gentry of the Peak District built some of the most resplendent historic houses and stately homes in the country here. Chatsworth House has been handed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and is open to visitors.
Tight-knot communities thrive in the National Park, honouring distinctive customs. Well dressing – originally a pagan ceremonial pledge of flowers, seeds, twigs, nots and berries to the water gods – is now a summer tradition in dozens of villages.
The rebellious ramblers of the 1932 Kinder Mass Trespass were imprisoned for protesting on the moors for the right to have open access, eventually leading to legislation establishing the UK National Parks we have today.
Heathrow 3.30 hours
Manchester 1 hour
Hull 1.50 hours
The first National Park in the UK
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The Peak District National Park Overview
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In June, we welcomed an international press group of 8 journalists and influencers to the Lake District & Peak District to showcase the best of the two regions and to celebrate 70 years of National Parks in the UK. Media representatives came from Australia, USA, China, Russia, UAE, Italy, Korea
Battlesteads is a charming hotel that dates back to 1747 and is located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park Dark Skies region. Battlesteads is a pub, hotel and restaurant, with an on-site Observatory. The 4 parts of this venue work fantastically as stand-alone elements and together they complement