The Peak District - Britain’s 1st National Park
Nigel Vardy takes us on a nostalgic exploration of Britain’s 1st National Park - The Peak District.
The Peak District National Park includes the Dark Peak and the White Peak, named after their distinctive colours from the gritstone and limestone that make them, and is the oldest national park (created in 1951).
Despite the name, there are few mountains - the tallest, Kinder Scout, is just 636m (2087 ft). However, there are some amazingly scenic hills to climb, while the high moorlands create unique wildlife habitats.
The sedimentary rocks that make up most of the area are soft and easily worn away by water, which has led to some stunning caving opportunities, the most famous of which is probably the Blue John Cavern.
Bamford to Edale, via Ladybower
Laying between Bamford and Edale (at the foot of Kinder Scout), it makes for a perfect, easily extendable half-day walk with good views, which can happily end in a pub lunch in front of a cosy fire! The area also has great access by rail and easily navigable, so no need to have a designated driver if you fancy a pint at the end!
Afternoon tea hotspots in the Peak District National Park
If you’ve spent the morning walking the many hills of the Peak District, you’ll more than likely be in need of some energy replenishment. There’s a huge variety of eateries to choose from, but we think you can’t go wrong with a traditional afternoon tea.
Kinder walk from Edale
In middle England we are blessed to have a huge range of walking opportunities available to us, and the Peak District is an excellent place to start if you have not explored this area before. One of my favourite places to head for hill walk is Edale, where the famous Pennine Way starts/finishes, and where you have easy access to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, and a huge number of other walks with great views.