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Green Travel Guide to the Peak District

From the heath moorland of the Dark Peak to the river valleys and caves of the White Peak, the Peak District – Britain’s first National Park – is a fantastic destination for a family break and activity holiday. This gorgeous part of England offers attractions and activities raging from hiking and cycling to canoeing and windsurfing on reservoirs and rivers. Those who come here to enjoy the great outdoors will be greeted with a range of fantastic places to stay, from luxury hotels to cosy cottages and yurt camps, as well as welcoming pubs and restaurants serving delicious local food.


Foreword by Sarah Fowler,
Chief Executive, Peak District National Park Authority

The Peak District is Britain's first National Park for good reason. From rugged moorland to rolling hills and dales, lush meadows to leafy forests, we have some of the country's finest scenery, just waiting to be explored.

Add historic houses, glorious gardens, awesome attractions, a host of quality places to stay and delicious local food and drink, and you have the perfect recipe for a brilliant break.

This Greentraveller Guide to the Peak District highlights those local businesses that have been awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark. The award is given to local businesses that put the environment at the heart of what they do and show passion for the Peak District.

You can be sure that if you stay at, eat at, or buy goods from any of these businesses you are helping to protect the things that make the Peak District special - you'll have an authentic experience that you'll never forget!

What Green Traveller's writers discovered in the Peak District

Stay, Eat, See & Do

Our pick of places across the Peak District

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Green = Places to stay; Blue = Places to eat; Yellow = Attractions; Purple = Activities

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  • Designated way back in 1951, the Peak District was the first National Park in Britain.

  • An area of great diversity, the Park is split largely into two areas: the moorland of the Dark Peak, and the limestone of the White Peak.

  • Much of the area consists of uplands over 1,000ft, with the highest point, Kinder Scout, standing at 2,087ft.

  • The Park is home to 1,600 miles of public rights of way, and 58 miles of cycle trails.

  • Around 35% of the Park is designated as a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest'.

  • The Park reaches into no fewer than five counties: Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Words by Florence Fortnam.
Artwork for Green Traveller's Guides by Tina Smith and Mark Edwards.

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