The Peak District
This site aims to provide information promoting local outdoor leisure activity, adventure and accommodation providers in the area, supporting the local businesses and community.
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Whether you are looking for guided or self guided walks, cycling holidays, activity breaks, adventure and thrill seeking, or perhaps cookery, fishing, photography or art tuition – hopefully there is something for everyone.
The Peak District stretches over county borders and although most people associate the National Park with Derbyshire there are some less well known but worthy areas in Staffordshire, Cheshire and South Yorkshire.
It has so much to offer to those who enjoy the outdoors, walking is probably the most obvious, cycling, fishing, horse riding too but there is potholing, rock climbing, hang gliding and paragliding . The area has for a long time been a favourite with artists, photographers and bird watchers and for a landlocked part of the world there are many water sports available on some of the lakes and reservoirs. It is a place where you can be active or relax and loose yourself.
There is a variety of accommodation available from basic camping to fully pampered luxury. The area is after all well used to servicing tourist’s needs and it has some excellent Hotels, Restaurants and Country Inns.
The Peak District has two distinct characters which are derived from the geology.
To the South and East there is a Limestone deposit, and here the characteristic light grey dry stone walls and buildings dominate the landscape. Rolling hills, farm land, with steep sided valleys, clear streams and rivers – generally referred to as The White Peak
To the North and West Gritstone is evident by the dark bare stone that strikes out of the ground in places to form weather sculptured buttresses and windswept tors. The less fertile soils result in large areas of moorland. Again the dry stone walls are to be seen but they are of a dark colour and look almost black as they divide up the moors. Farming tends to on the more fertile land in the valley bottoms. This is known as The Dark Peak, dark stone and it gives the appearance of having a dark nature.
The area is the home and workplace for many people, the national park is not a museum, it is part of the modern world, the locals welcome visitors, the local economy derives much of its income from tourism but it is a home and workplace please be patient if you find yourself behind a slow tractor.
Cheshire encroaches into the National Park and from the high moor of Shining Tor on a clear day there are views far across the flat Cheshire plain, but as the roads wind down towards Macclesfield the moor is left behind and the Macclesfield Forest takes over. Though some of this area is still within the Peak District the hills and wooded valleys continue outside the boundary across towards the border with Staffordshire.
There is some good walking and some strenuous cycling or mountain biking to be had around here. The area has many small villages that have retained their charm and good country pubs. The road from Buxton to Macclesfield is known as one of the best motor-cycling roads in the country and the Cat & Fiddle – a stopping of point for motor cyclists, cyclists and walks.
Staffordshire – The Staffordshire Moorlands, an area of North Staffordshire bordering Cheshire and Derbyshire includes a little of the Peak District National Park, probably the best known part is the Manifold Valley but The Roaches and Rudyard are also worthy of interest. One of the least known and yet probably the best of all is The Churnet Valley, a few miles outside the national park, good walking, canal boats, steam trains, wonderful river valley scenery and a nature reserve and it includes something you may of heard of Alton Towers.
Between the two major towns that act as their respective counties gateways to the Peak District Macclesfield and Leek there is Rudyard Lake (which is actually a reservoir). A Victorian holiday resort, today it still attracts many visitors to sail, cycle, walk or ride the miniature Steam Railway along the lakeside.
The Staffordshire Peak District – Peak District Video – A Park for all Seasons – What is Inspiration? – Peak District – Inspired by You – Get Here – Peak District – Peak District National Park – Peak District Kinder Scout – Peak District – The World Away
Audio Trails – the “Moors For The Future Partnership” have produced 13 audio trails you can download for free – Bleaklow, Burbage Valley, Combs Moss, Edale, Gardom’s Edge, Grindleford, Hathersage, Kinder Scout, Marsden Moor, South West Approaches, Stanton Moor, Surprise View and Win Hill Voices – available from www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/audio-trails
For those with mobility problems the “Moors For The Future Partnership” have produces a leaflet “You’re Welcome” click here to download
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