The Peak District – the first national park to be established in 1951 boasting of beautiful scenery to be enjoyed and the many activities to be actioned if you’re looking for an exercise-filled holiday. There are many sights to see and the Peak District is definitely a place that should be on your bucket list. In this blog, we will explain the different reasons why you should visit the Peak District.
The Peak District has three main landscapes: the Dark Peak, White Peak and the South West Peak. The Dark Peak is composed of a rugged landscape, suitable for walkers that are looking for an active walking challenge, this peak also has plenty of outdoor experiences, such as climbing, walking and cycling. Known for its gritstone plateaus, moorlands & woodlands, this is truly a destination that you can’t miss. Similar to the Dark Peak, the South West Peak also has moorlands and is filled with challenging outdoor activities, but it also has some gorgeous pastures and farmland.
The Peak District is protected for nature conservation
One of the greatest assets the Peak district has is that over a third of the area is protected for nature conservation. This means that when you are exploring the area, the natural habitats of plants and animals are virtually untouched. If you are interested in watching nature, the Peak District is the place for you – you can spot some rare animals, birds and insects here. The Peak District has been inhabited for over 10,000 years, giving it rich biodiversity and social and cultural history.
Dark sky sites – perfect for exploring the stars
The problem with the majority of the UK is that you cannot clearly see the stars in the sky due to light pollution. One of the Peak Districts’ greatest assets is the access it gives to dark night skies.
There are three main places, dedicated to watching the night sky in the Peak District including:
- Minninglow, off the A515 at Pikehall
- Parsley Hay, off the A515 near Hartington
- Surprise View, off the A6187 near Hathersage
Discover some of the best places in Britain to cycle
In the Peak District, there are plenty of different cycle routes, boasting beautiful scenery, that can be challenged by people of all ages, with all different abilities. With 20 cycle routes in total, you can enjoy the countryside air, while cycling in Matlock, Bakewell, the Hope Valley and Ashbourne. All routes include quiet roads and traffic-free trails. If you don’t have your own bike, you can even hire one! Enjoy refreshments along the way in quaint coffee shops and enjoy your break outside normal life.
Are you looking for Peak District holiday cottages? Why not look at Rustic Retreats holiday cottages, including Jack’s cottage and Owslow Cottage. These holiday cottages Peak District hot tub are the perfect place to stay while you enjoy the Peak District!