The Peak District
Relish the charm and stunning scenery of the White and Dark Peak areas of this charming National Park
In 1951 the First National Park was declared, the Peak District.
This fascinating and beautiful landscape covers around 550 square miles in the heart of England. Shaped by natural forces the rock which forms the hills and landscapes is said to be around 300 million years old, and at its highest point reaches over 2000 feet at Kinder Scout. This popular national park is visited by thousands of people every year, but still manages to be retain a feeling of peace and tranquility . Old style traditional towns and villages merge with remote quiet locations to provide something for everyone.
Bustling market towns, quiet rolling countryside, deep valleys and towering hills, dry stone walls, and stunning landscapes all add up to make the Peak District one of the most unique places in the UK.
The areas within the peak district are generally referred to as three seperate sections, although you can easily travel between them without even noticing. Each one holds a different beauty and charm.
The Dark Peak
The Dark Peak consists of high Gritstone moorland and flat shale valleys. This makes it unique from the other peak district areas in that that shale is completely waterproof, thus creating valley reservoirs, and these are seen throughout the area in varying sizes. These are beautiful scenic areas and well worth a visit. The Moorland areas on the other hand are covered with porous thick peat which feeds the rivers and streams, and few plants grow due to the acidity. The Dark Peat and rocks gives this area of the peak district it’s name.
The White Peak
The White Peak lies on the regions limestone rock, with steep sided dales and open farmland. Its the limestone which gives this area it’s name with its white grey appearance, and was deposited around 360 million years ago where it lay under a shallow sea. The rocks of this area are abundant with fossilised remains of sea creatures and plants, and many can be see within the stone used for dry stone wall field boundaries. The White Peak also contains many woodland areas and interesting plants and fauna.
The South West Peak
The South West Peak area tends to be a diverse mixture of wooded areas, moorland, Tor’s, deep valleys and meadows. Split into high and low lands, the lowland areas tend to be pastoral in their nature, with farms and small villages occupying a lot of the area. Higher ground tends to be blanket bog , gritstone walls and wide fields, scattered with routes and tracks used by its occupants many years ago. The gritstone found here tends to lie underneath much of the surface of the south west peak highlands, with shale being the base under the lowland areas.
The Peak District is a unique place to visit and stay
Whatever your reason for visiting, there’s no denying the peak district is a unique part of England, with a mix of rolling countryside, deep valleys and towering hills, the scenery is quite spectacular. Whether you are on a walking holiday, here on business, or perhaps just looking for a romantics break with a loved one, the Peak District will deliver in every way.