It’s National Parks Week 23rd – 29th July and although there is a total of 15 National Parks across the UK, we must admit to having a soft spot for the one that is on our doorstep – the Peak District.
There are some special events going on throughout the week which you can find here, but if you prefer to go out and explore the area via your own route, we have compiled some of our favourite areas of this beautiful countryside that are a must-see.
Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir and the Derwent Dam
Looking like something from the set of Game of Thrones, Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir provides a beautifully peaceful setting looking out across the water. It was also used as a practice area for the Dam Busters during World War II. Pop in to the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, hire a bicycle and explore for yourself!
Located about a 15 minute drive from Chatsworth House, Curbar Edge is a rugged gritstone escarpment that looks out over the eastern Derbyshire moors. Climbing to the top is not too tricky and the views from the top are well worth it.
Standing 1700ft (517 metres) tall, Mam Tor, also known as The Shivering Mountain, overlooks the Hope Valley and Castleton village. A beautiful location that offers plenty of popular walking routes.
This 11th Century castle stands overlooking the Hope Valley and is surrounded by hills, trees and fields. Visitors can climb up the steps inside the castle and get the best view from the top!
The longest gritstone edge in the country spanning approximately four miles, and a film location for both Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre, Stanage Edge provides staggering scenery across the moors. A popular destination for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing if you’re feeling adventurous!
For more information about National Parks Week, visit http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/national-parks-week.