The Peak District was the first national park in the United Kingdom to receive recognition is 1951. National park status has now been granted to a further 15 national parks throughout the country.
The park itself spans an area of 555 square miles, and is located within the boundaries of five counties. These include Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
The park receives more than 10 million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular national parks in the whole of the UK.
Around 38,000 people live within the boundaries of the national park.
More than 80% of the UK’s population lives within four hours of the national park, making it one of the most accessible parks in the UK.
The park boasts 65 miles of off road cycling trails which often have a slight gradient due to formerly being railway lines.
There is a further 1600 miles of rights of way, accessible to walkers, with 64 miles of these suitable for disabled people.
The Peak District hosts part of one of the longest walking trails in the UK, the Pennine Way. The Pennine Way stretches 268 miles from the Kirk Yetholm in Scotland to the Nag’s head pub in Edale.
The landscape of the park is both diverse and extensive, and includes moorland, hills and farmland. There are also a number of other points of interest available such as caverns.
The highest point in the Peak District is Kinder Scout which is 636 metres above sea level.
As well as designated trails, a large expanse of open access land also exists for hikers who wish to roam freely. Open access land covers 202 square miles of the park.
The most popular outdoor activities for those visiting the park consist of Hiking, Climbing, cycling, Mountain Biking and visiting a number of historical houses.