Comprising the first designated National Park of England and Wales, the Peak District rests at the south of the Pennines, stretching from Derbyshire into Cheshire, Staffordshire, West and South Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester.
In other words, you can take your pick of unusual Peak District places to stay!
There’s also plenty of diversity in the landscapes. The Dark Peak is characterised by rugged gritstone moorland, while the White Peak is made up of limestone, with rolling valleys and deep gorges. Sparkling rivers flow through both areas to create scenery worthy of capturing, whether you’re a photographer or a painter.
Tourism thrives in the Peak District; not just for its natural beauty and its wildlife, but its history. Inhabited all the way back in the Mesolithic era, there is evidence from the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages.
Of course, food may play a part in Peak District popularity, too. The town of Bakewell is as famous for its “jam tart that went wrong” almost as much as for its spectacular five-arched bridge over the River Wye! And if you’re looking to relax, you could do worse than to visit the spa towns of Buxton and Matlock Bath; among the first recognised holiday resorts.
Why not browse our mesmerising selection of retreats in and close to the Peak District, and discover this incredible part of the UK for yourself?
Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Beavers Croft | Hope Valley, Derbyshire