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Places to Visit / About The Derbyshire Dales

Further south the craggy landscape of the Dark Peak gives way to softer countryside where dry stone walls criss-cross emerald green pastures like a net.

Take time out to explore some of the lesser-known Dales, such as Cheedale and Biggindale - less frequented but every bit as beautiful. Some areas are National Nature Reserves because of the importance of their plant and animal life. The rivers and dales alike support a wonderful variety of birds and flowers, some unique to limestone areas, others unique to this part of the country.

Throughout, the area you'll find village scenes of a unique variety and charm. Some of the prettiest villages were built to serve the needs of the wealthy estates; most remain unspoiled, with Osmaston, Tissington, Edsnor and Pisley among the most attractive. Equally delightful are villages like Hartington, Monish and Parch - groups of farmsteads nesting around the green; they evolve for many the idea of a typical English village.

Lying between Wirksworth and Ashbourne, Carsington Reservoir is an impressive addition to the landscape offering a wide variety of recreational activities. In the heart of the county, the Amber, Wye and Ecclesbourne rivers, meander through green fields and densely wooded hills, with interesting towns and charming villages to explore.

> Walking in the Peak District...

After that long day exploring the Peak District why not check yourself into one of the delightful accommodation providers on offer. There is also the option to go out for a family meal or make a long weekend of your stay in the Peak District and experiance the sights and sounds.




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