Peak District National Park

Peak District National Park Location

Peak District National Park Location

The Peak District was the UK’s first national park and forms the southern end of the Pennines. Its 555 square miles encompasses Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and south and west Yorkshire.

The Park is the place to pull on your hiking boots – there are more than 1,600 miles of public rights of way – and explore the gloriously changing scenery, from the rugged gritstone and heather moorland of the Dark Peak to the limestone plateau and deep dales of the White Peak. Further contrast to the landscape is provided by its pretty villages, bustling market towns, peaceful dales and a smattering of stately homes.

The gritstone plateau of Kinder Scout – the Park’s highest point, was the site of a famous clash between ramblers (including many Club members) and landowners in 1932. It resulted in the public being granted the ‘right to roam’ on uncultivated land.

Although the area is lacking in actual peaks or mountains it is widely recognised as having some of the best climbing in the country. The beautiful Dovedale, The Roaches, the gritstone crags of Windgather Rocks and the moor-top crest of Stanage Edge are places of pilgrimage for climbers from around the world. Spectacular views across this landscape of limestone cliff faces, tors and crags erupting from pasture and moors too can be yours, if you can make it to the top.

Camping in Peak District National Park