As the first ever established National Park on the British Isles, the Peak District National Park is the archetypal National Park. Spanning the distance of several counties including Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire, it provides endless views and spectacular scenery.
An estimated visitor count of 22 million people a year means it is believed to be the most popular National Park in the world after the Mount Fuji National Park in Japan. This is the scale of natural beauty that is being dealt with here. The Peak District National Park Authority believe the figure of visitors per year is more like 10 million but they cannot track every visitor due to the expansive scope of the park itself.
The Peak District National Park is within close traveling distance of some of Britain's biggest cities including Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool. The central position means it is a prime location for those who want to visit all of what Britain has to offer.
Activities are endless across the park as well. Hill walking and hiking are popular recreations in the area with the huge amount of footpaths and bridleways available to use. This also makes it ideal territory for horse riders and mountain bikers. The more risky hobbies of rock climbing and potholing are also catered for with the various rock formations and underground networks available.
The spa town on Buxton is a popular destination for tourists to the Peak District National Park. It provides an opera theatre, shops, restaurants and bars. Historic buildings like Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are also fine places to take in the history of the region and sample some of the area's past tales.
The area is also host to some of the most intriguing festivals around. Buxton hosts the Buxton Festival and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival to celebrate music whilst the Peak Literary Festival rivals Hay-on-Wye for its celebration of books.