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Retreat to Peak District during your European Holiday
A delightful and picturesque area of the Midlands of England, the Peak District (or just The Peak) is a broad area that has an alluring combination of landscapes that include green fields, rolling hills and high plateaux.
Things to Do
Interesting longer routes through the Peak District:
- The Pennine Way (251 miles)
- The Pennine Bridleway (208 miles, not yet completed)
- Limestone Way (50 miles)
- The Gritstone Trail (35 miles)
- The Midshires Way (225 miles)
Being a traditional destination from hikers, The Peak District contains a number of walking routes (some long-distance, some shorter) some of which are contained within the district and some of which merely pass through it. Hiking and cycling are great ways to really get to know the area with all its lovely details. The lush environments and gentle weather presents an experience vastly different than the one you would get on any road trip Las Vegas can give you.
The area is criss-crossed by official tracks and footpaths and bridlepaths. Both are free to use and the second ones are also open to riders (riding is slowly picking up as a popular activity) and cyclists. One thing to note is that, although the paths are decently marked when they meet the main roads, the best idea for those interested in the activity is to obtain an Ordnance Survey map such as the White Peak or Dark Peak.
For those who like to explore the depths of the earth, The Peak District has more than its share of potholes and regular caves to discover. Potholing is used as a synonym for caving or the exploration of caves. Potholes in The Peak District are limited to White Peak but there are still plenty to go around. If you are interested in this activity make sure to contact the Derbyshire Caving Association, they will be able to help you set up your expedition with all sort of specific information about the area.