The Peak District: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Peak District.

  • The Peak District is one of 15 national parks in the UK. It covers an area of about 1,440 square km and lies between Manchester, Sheffield and Stoke on Trent.
  • It was the UK’s first national park, established in 1951. It is still one of the most popular, attracting over 10 million visitors each year.

  • The Pennine Way, the UK’s first long distance footpath, begins in the Peak District, near Edale. There are also over 100 km of cycling trails and over 2,000 km of public footpaths and trails.
  • Holmfirth is the area’s best known village, and was featured in the long running television comedy, Last of the Summer Wine.
  • The medical drama Peak Practice was filmed in the Peak District.
  • The spa town of Buxton is one of the most popular Peak District towns. It is home to the UK’s highest opera house, and several festivals, including a well dressing festival.
  • The Peak District is known for its spectacular caverns and is popular with potholers. Walking, cycling, horse riding and paragliding are also popular outdoor activities.
  • The most extensive caves, Peak Caverns, are over 400 metres below the ground and can be seen by boat. Up until 1910, people still lived in the caves.
  • The Blue John cavern is one of only a few places where the mineral of the same name can be found. Vases made from Blue John mineral were excavated at the Roman city of Pompeii, in Italy.
  • The town of Bakewell is famous for a sweet cake known as a Bakewell tart. Several of the town shops claim to have the original recipe for the cake.
  • Some of the most challenging rock climbing in the world can be found in the Peak District. Kinder Scout is the park’s highest peak, at just over 600 metres.