There I was sitting on the ledge overlooking beautiful valley of Peak District. It was quite cold end of August 2010. We hiked that day among moors of Derbyshire which reminded me of my childhood and “The Secret Garden” directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Peak District is divided into grit stone Dark Peak (peat bogs) and limestone White Peak (flower-rich dales). The landscape is diversified but don’t expect high, bare peaks as I did. This National Park is more of soft valleys that steep mountains. You can imagine I found the name very misleading. You can see map of the area here.
There are different reasons why you might want to go there. First is to have a hike and admire the landscape, other to take part in outdoor activities.
Let’s start with some of the sights:
- Poole’s Cavern is a magnificent natural limestone cavern where you can see an impressive formation of stalactites,
- Peveril Castle (reminds me of many castles in Ireland)
- Speedwell cavern (with boat ride)
- Blue John cavern
- Treak cliff cavern
- Thor’s cave
- 2,900 km of trails (including hill-walking and hiking)
- mountain biking (Bridleways)
- horse riding
- rock climbing
- caving (Eldon Hole and Nettle Pot)
- hang gliding
- fell running
Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail re-use former railway lines; they are well used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Anyway please do enjoy the pictures.