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The Peak District is the UK's first national park, established in 1951 to carve out a protected space between the encroaching industrial cities of the midlands and northern England.

The national park and the UK's 'right to roam' freedoms owe their existence to the struggles of ordinary working people who, in the 1932 Kinder Trespass, forced private landowners to grant public access to the nation's beautiful but previously restricted countryside.

Divided by a geological fault line between the gritstone 'Dark Peak' and the limestone 'White Peak', the landscape switches from open, even severe-looking, moorland to the north and secluded dales and quaint farming villages to the south.

Its proximity to motorways and several major cities means the Peak District gets busy in places, particularly around pleasant but popular honeytraps such as Dovedale, Castleton and Matlock. But with nearly 2,000 miles of public footpaths and rights of way, it's still very easy to find yourself alone and enjoying empty trails and wide open views. The Dark Peak is generally quieter, as is the far south on the border with Staffordshire.

Walking in the UK

An essential guide to planning a walking holiday in the UK

I’ve been walking the coasts, fells and fens of the UK for decades, revisiting the popular spots and seeking out hidden gems in my role as a travel journalist and TV researcher. For a group of small islands, we are truly spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to walking holidays. There are the obvious – and often busy – walking hotspots, but also myriad quieter corners that even few native Brits are familiar with...read more

The Peak District Tours

The Peak District

Peak District Guided Walking Holiday

3, 4 or 7-night guided walking holidays

3 daysFrom £315
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Rock Climbing Taster Day

Beginner's introduction to climbing

1 daysFrom £89
The Peak District

Peak District Navigation Course

One-day introduction to navigation skills

1 daysFrom £89
The Peak District

Two Day Navigation Course

Intermediate level navigation training

2 daysFrom £169
The Peak District

Beginner's Caving Weekend

A first taste of underground adventure

2 daysFrom £159
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Adventure Caving Day

Adventure for experienced and keen cavers

1 daysFrom £89

The Peak District Travel Companies

The United Kingdom

Macs Adventure

Active adventures at home and abroad
Europe

Walkers' Britain

Explore the UK & Europe with Walkers' Britain
The United Kingdom

Contours Holidays

Self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
The United Kingdom

Byways Breaks

Award winning walking & cycling holidays in UK
The United Kingdom

Shepherds Walks Holidays

Guided & self-guided walks in Northumberland & The Borders
The Peak District

The Carter Company

Walking, cycling and touring across the UK & Europe
South America, Europe

HF Holidays

UK walking holidays since 1913
The Peak District

Pure Outdoor

Award winning outdoor activities in the Peak District

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