National Parks are Britain's breathing spaces. Places to get away from it all and enjoy fresh air and spectacular countryside.
But the 555 square miles (1,438km sq) of the Peak District National Park is more than just a great landscape made up of the Dark, White and South West Peaks. Its a constantly changing environment that is home to 38,000 people and 2,800 businesses.
It was the first National Park to be set up in Britain in 1951 and, although mostly in Derbyshire, covers parts of six counties. The major industries are farming, mineral extraction and tourism.
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The Dark Peak - Dramatic northern uplands with its dark gritstone crags and sweeping moors. The highest and wildest ground in the National Park, rising to 2,088ft on the bleak tableland of Kinder Scout, north of Edale. The gritstone edges provide views that give a sense of remoteness while some parts are easily accessible for all.
The White Peak - Rolling limestone hills and steep, wooded, flower-rich dales of the White Peak with the distinctive limestone walls enclosing fields and hay meadows. The main settlement and medieval history of the market town of Bakewell. Beautiful villages with country pubs, craft shops and tea rooms. The stately homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. The dis-used railway lines of Monsal, Tissington and the High Peak Trail make excellent off road cycling and walking routes.
South West Peak - The diverse gritstone area of upland moorland, rolling hills, high rocky outcrops and reservoir valleys
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