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The Peak District

The Peak District
At the top of the Kinder Downfall, where the tiny Kinder River plunges towards Kinder reservoir © NTPL/Joe Cornish www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Peak District was England's first ever national park, designated in 1951. Extending over 555 square miles of (mainly) Derbyshire, it is a wild, rugged area of austere beauty. It was here, in 1932, that protesters staged a mass trespass on its highest peak, Kinder Scout, to win the general rights of access that ramblers enjoy to this day.

Hitch a lift with us along the Snake Pass, a desolate, spine-chilling stretch of the A57. We'll stop off in Bakewell for a traditional pudding, and perhaps even drop in on the Duke of Devonshire, in his grand old stately pile, Chatsworth House.