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About Us

Hello there, and a warm welcome to PeakDistrict.org! We’re your online go-to for everything you need to know about the splendid Peak District.

Our story started right in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, where our owner and operator was fortunate enough to grow up on the doorstep of the gorgeous Peaks. A lifelong love of rambling, adventure, and the great outdoors, made the Peaks a true home, and it’s this passion we want to share with you.

But let’s get things straight: we’re not the official Peak District National Authority. For their expertise, you’ll need to pop over to their site. But if you’re after some down-to-earth advice and insider knowledge about this stunning part of the United Kingdom, you’re in the right place.

Helping Spread the Word about the Peak District

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Our Mission

Our mission is simple: to provide you with top-notch, free-of-charge information about the Peak District. From the best trails for a hearty ramble, the cosiest accommodations to put your feet up, to the most entertaining things to do while you’re here – we’ve got you covered.

So, put the kettle on, take a look around, and let’s start planning your next Peak District adventure. We’re chuffed you’re here with us at PeakDistrict.org.

Meet the Team

Alex Hesp-Gollins – Owner

Alex@peakdistrict.org

I grew up in the nearby Staffordshire Moorlands, spending loads of time in the Peaks, a place that’s always been close to my heart.

I’m a big fan of a good hike and the great outdoors. It was here in the Peaks that I even completed my Duke of Edinburgh as a young lad.

Now, I want to share information about this gorgeous bit of the countryside with you!

Ben Harman – Expert Author

Ben@peakdistrict.org

  • Favourite Walk: Still deciding 🤔
  • First Peaks Walk: TBD
  • Favourite Town / Village: TBD

For Ben, there’s nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors with friends, family, Murphy the Cocker Spaniel and a flask of coffee. Living in Manchester and having studied Animal and Plant Science at the University of Sheffield, the Peak District is one of his go-to, favourite places.

When he’s not spending time in nature, Ben is a father of one, a professional writer and the founder of sustainable living website, Tiny Eco Home Life.

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Yasmeen Samour – Editor & Content Adviser

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While Yasmeen has only lived near the Peak District for a short time, her many journeys around the world give her content a special touch, making her advice perfect for anyone eager to explore the local wonders for the first time.

She can’t resist stopping to pet any friendly dog she meets along the way. Yasmeen’s easy-to-relate-to approach helps both residents, and those just visiting discover the area’s best spots.

Specialist Contributors

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Mike McLeish

For Mike, traversing through diverse terrains is a matter of both passion and lifestyle. As the chief hiker, boot cleaner, and sandwich maker at HikerHero.com HQ, he has dedicated a significant portion of the last decade to travelling the globe, operating from his ever-reliable laptop. Recently, however, his backpack has seen more of the lush and rolling expanses of the Great British countryside, as he rediscovers its unique joys and challenges.

Knowledgeable about the Peak District and have something genuine and interesting you can share? Get in touch! (Anything spammy or low quality will be ignored)

Finally, we maintain a list of community resources that include content not hosted on Peakdistrict.org but may be helpful to others.