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The Peak District marks the meeting of the soft southern landscape, with its light-coloured limestone, and the harsh grey gritstone lands to the north. The park lies close to the industrial sprawl of Manchester and Sheffield, and for this reason it can be crowded at times.

Yet for all its proximity to civilisation, the Peak District carries about it an air of timeless peace and tranquility, with mile after mile of drystone walling sectioning the countryside into the familiar British chequerboard pattern.

The River Dove splits the park near Tissington, famed for its ancient well-dressing celebrations. Better known perhaps, is the River Wye, which flows across the park, creating lovely views and good walking, particularly on the moors near Chee Dale, and Miller's Dale. Near Bakewell is Haddon Hall, one of Britain's most famous country houses.

What to See

Arbor Low
Neolithic stone circle, one of the finest in all England.

Dovedale
The valley of the River Dove, Park near Ilam or Thorpe, and enjoy lovely walks - but beware crowds in the midday.

Edale
The start of the Pennine Way Blue John Cavern, near Castleton: home of the rare gem stone which bears its name.

Walking trails
At Monsal (Bakewell Station), Ashborne, Mam Tor.

Haddon Hall
There are Tudor and Jacobean underpinnings to this country house in Bakewell, former seat of the Dukes of Rutland.

Peak District Tourist Information Centres

Bakewell Tourist Information Centre
Old Market Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DS. Tel: 01629 816558

Buxton Tourist Information Centre
The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BQ. Tel: 01298 25106

Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre
Rykneld Square, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1SB. Tel: 01246 345777

Glossop Tourist Information Centre
Victoria Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8HT. Tel: 01457 855920

Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre
49-51 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD7 1JP. Tel: 01484 222444

Matlock Tourist Information Centre
Crown Square, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE3 3AT. Tel: 01629 583388

Destination guides by kind permission of Britain Express

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