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The Peak District

Discover an exhilarating world of natural beauty, and at the heart of it all, the Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park is one of a kind and inspires visitors with 555 square miles of natural beauty and a wealth of wildlife.

Plants, animals and habitats are special and diverse and reflect the Peak District’s geographical position at the crossroads between upland and lowland; north and south, east and west. Some species are rare and threatened, while others are unique to the area.

Plant lovers will delight at the hawkweed family, found in Derbyshire limestone locations but nowhere else in the world. Other species have their own stories to tell such as the flowers, once spread by the railway and now adorning the breath-taking Monsal Trail.

Traditions remain strong in the area and well dressings – decorating wells and other water sources with images made from flower petals – can still be found in villages throughout the Peak District during the summer months.

Other unique features include Castleton’s distinctive Blue John stone and Ashford black marble, a dark limestone quarried from mines near Ashford-in-the-Water.

Thousands of years of human influence can be traced through the Peak District landscape, which ranges from areas of wild, natural beauty to historic buildings, parks and gardens to distinctive hamlets, villages and towns. Reminders of the region’s lead mining past can be seen in flowers - such as the mountain pansy – which can only grow in lead-tolerant land.

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