Visit The Peak District In England
The word peak originates from the old English word ‘peac’ meaning hill and there are lots of them for your personal enjoyment. The Peak District itself covers 2 particular areas – the White Peak (characterised by limestone rock, dry stone walls, river valleys and dales) and the Dark Peak (untamed beauty, with dominating tors, heather moorland, gritstone rock and shale). The Peak District was made into Britains’s first National Park in 1951 and it’s now protected for all to take delight in. Get out there and go for a hike…
The Peak District is a walkers dream and features routes to suit virtually all capabilities. Mam Tor, ‘The Shivering Mountain’ is on many people’s schedule. It lies to the west of Castleton village. The shale hill dominates the area and it is an impressive sight. The Great Ridge can provide stunning views over both the Hope Valley and Edale Valley but it is a difficult climb. Mam Tor is also home to a bronze age hill fort which can still be seen.
Close to Mam Tor you will find Kinder Scout – a remarkable 600m high, and the limestone gorge known as Winnats Pass. Kinder Scout has a steep incline and lots of viewpoints for the countryside beneath.
The Nag’s Head public house in Edale is actually the starting place for the Pennine Way that runs all the way to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. It is the longest walking trail in Britain at about 270 miles and it was officially opened in April 1965. The Peak District segment takes in Kinder Scout, an ascent of Jacob’s Ladder, Mill Hill, Devils Dike, Bleaklow Head and Black Hill before descending to Marsden.
For an basic stroll you have the Monsal Trail and the Manifold Valley Trail. These use the route of old railway lines through the heart of the countryside. Alternatively there’s the Limestone Way, a rural footpath that’s 50 miles long.
The highest major path across the Derwent Valley is the Cut Gate Bridalway. It is also among the oldest rights of way in the Peak District.
If you want moor and valley, try the Derwent edge and Hagg Side circuit that takes in the upper section of Ladybower, starting off and concluding at the car park on the eastern side of the resevoir.
For a shorter walk try the Goyt Valley circuit which included reservoirs, gritstone edges and fantastic moorland.
Whatever route you choose I’m certain you’ll delight in your walk and the wonderful scenery you will come across.
If you are interested in a staycation this year and want to check out the south of England at some point too, take a look at some Dorset cottages and Cornwall cottages and head south.