Yorkshire Dales

The Backbone of Britain

 Established in 1951 the Peak District is the United Kingdom's first National Park and
and being surrounded by major urban areas in the northern part of the English Midlands
is one of the most accessible.  The Peak District also occupies the southern part of the
Pennines and the Pennine Way long distance footpath starts here.  As well as walking
there are plenty of opportunities for rock climbing, caving and mine exploration.  As
well as wild caves there are a number of show caves and mines open to the public.
Much of the Peak District lies in Derbyshire but also has parts in Staffordshire,
Cheshire, Greater Manchester and West and South Yorkshire.

Derbyshire Peaks

The Derbyshire Peak District
     The bulk of the Peak District lies within Derbyshire,
     the northernmost of the Midland counties.  Here
     are some of Britain's finest caves plus numerous
     interesting mines, some of which are open to the
     public.  There are also fascinating villages and towns,
     great walking country and some great rock climbing
     opportunities on the numerous "Edges" found
     round here.  Winnats Pass is shown above.

Staffordshire Peaks

The Staffordshire Peak District
     Perhaps the most underrated part of the Peak District
     is the south western part which lies in the varied
     county of Staffordshire.  Flash, Britain's highest
     village is here along with some of the Peak's finest
     pubs plus an interesting selection of mines and caves.
     Manifold Valley (above) is one of the Peak District's
     best hidden gems and nearby Dovedale forms the
     boundary with Derbyshire

Cheshire Peaks

The Peak District in Cheshire and Greater Manchester
     The western part of the Peak District occupies a
     small parts of Cheshire.
     Not far for the city of Manchester and towns such as
     Stockport, Macclesfield and Congleton are the
     Alderley Edge Copper Mines (above) which can be
     visited by the public on certain days of the year.
     Featured here are the Peak Forest and Macclesfield

Northern Peaks

The Peak District in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester
     The far north of the Peak District is in the "Last of
     the Summer Wine" country of West Yorkshire, home
     home to the world's longest running sit-com.  One 
     the greatest feats of engineering of the Industrial
     Revolution Standedge Tunnel (above) can be found
     here.  South Yorkshire also has a small part of 
     the north-eastern part of the national park as does
     Greater Manchester in the north-west.
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