The Peak District National Park, is more relevant today that it was in 1951, the year when it was established as the first nation park in Great Britain. Today, visitors search for more then natural greenery but also “green” areas – places that recognize the potential of a “green” lifestyle and mindset.
Peak District recognizes this by offering easy access by trains, and when there, numerous biking trails and walking paths. Besides biking, it is possible to travel on horseback by renting a horse locally. It is important to point out the lenient stance towards hikers, allowing access to all parts of Pike District, even off-path. Some routes are preferred and advised because of the large size of the national park (covering an area of 1,437 km2).
Some parts of the park are more easily accessible then others – the park offers a diverse landscape consisting of grassy plains and marsh lands, hills and some rocky areas suitable for climbing. It is also possible to switch it up and consider spelunking. Most caves are remnants of old mines and are not for the inexperienced spelunker. There is still some mining allowed inside the area of the national park.
Other activities possible are numerous water sports such as fishing, sailing and canoing – possible because of the rich water covered areas in the park. Some other activities related to its geography are paragliding and orienteering, for the more adventurous types.
Although it is possible to eat game caught on the site such as pheasant and goose, the park is also home to a number of endemic species of birds and plants, attracting a great number of bird watchers. Camping is allowed in designated areas, but most visitors opt for sleeping in local Peak District cottages or in nearby towns serving as tourist hubs.