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The Peak District

Author : Cara Brownethorpe

The word peak originates from the old English word 'peac' meaning hill and there are many of them for your personal enjoyment. The Peak District itself comprises of two unique locations - the White Peak (characterised by limestone rock, dry stone walls, river valleys and dales) and the Dark Peak (untamed beauty, with dominating tors, heather moorland, gritstone rock and shale). The Peak District was made into Britains's very first National Park in 1951 and it's now protected for all to appreciate. Get out there and go for a walk...

The Peak District is a walkers dream come true and has routes to accommodate just about all capabilities. Mam Tor, 'The Shivering Mountain' is on many people's schedule. It lies to the west of Castleton village. The shale hill dominates the area and is an impressive sight. The Great Ridge offers stunning views over both the Hope Valley and Edale Valley however it is a challenging climb. Mam Tor is also home to a bronze age hill fort which can still be seen.
Close to Mam Tor you will find Kinder Scout - a formidable 600m high, and the limestone gorge known as Winnats Pass. Kinder Scout features a steep ascent and lots of viewpoints for the countryside down below.

The Nag's Head public house in Edale is the beginning for the Pennine Way that runs all the way to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. It is the longest walking path in Britain at about 270 miles and it was formally opened in April 1965. The Peak District segment includes Kinder Scout, an ascent of Jacob's Ladder, Mill Hill, Devils Dike, Bleaklow Head and Black Hill before descending to Marsden.
For an easy walk there is the Monsal Trail and the Manifold Valley Trail. These use the path of old railway lines through the heart of the countryside. Or there's the Limestone Way, a rural footpath that's fifty miles long.

The highest major path across the Derwent Valley is the Cut Gate Bridalway. It is also one of the oldest rights of way in the Peak District.
If you like moor and valley, try the Derwent edge and Hagg Side circuit that takes in the upper section of Ladybower, starting off and finishing at the car park on the eastern side of the resevoir.

For a shorter walk try the Goyt Valley circuit which includes reservoirs, gritstone edges and lovely moorland.

Whatever route you choose I'm definitely sure you'll love your walk and the wonderful landscapes you will find.

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