Peak District Guide

Peak District

Our Peak District Holiday Guide is a brief introduction to the area and some of the main towns, villages and attractions.

The geology of the Peak District is the underlying base for its general appearance and there are two distinctive areas of the national park.

What is often described as Dark Peak is the area that is mostly gritstone. This gritstone was once used for making Mill stones and there are a number of them on display in the Peak District. The Dark Peak areas are windswept, barren and brooding and are the popular areas for hiking, climbing and other outdoor activities including para gliding.

In complete contrast, the White Peak area is mostly limestone and it tends to have narrow valleys with more vegetation and small stone villages.

The Peak District has some complex cave networks near Buxton and Castleton and as such, it is one of the most popular areas for caving in the country.

Below are introductory guides on the following places

Ashbourne | Bakewell | Buxton | Castleton | Edale | Eyam | Leek | Matlock Bath | Tideswell

Travel Links | Car Hire | Chatsworth House

Peak District