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Places to Visit / About High Peak

In the north, you find the first real highlands of England, the beautiful and untouched High Peak.

On the Dark Peak plateau of Kinder Scout (at 2,088ft the highest point of the peak), Bleaklow and the Eastern Moors, the lone walker' sonly companion will often be the ref grouse, its guttural cackle echoing across the stillness. Look out for the natural gritstone architecture of Kinder Downfall and the stark limestone craggs and cliffs, like those in Winnats Pass near Castleton.

The spectacular crags, sheer rock edges and moors of this wild and rugged countryside are always impressive and exhilarating. A mass of purple heather in summer, the moors end abruptly in precipitous edges, stretching down the East Side of the area in continuous succession. The hills are rammed by steeped-sided valleys and fast flowing rivers, and there are many picturesque reservoirs in the area. Howden and Ladybower, near Bamford, were used by the RAF in the second World War to prepare for the legendary ‘Dambusters’ raid and Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the famous 'bouncing bomb', was born at nearby Ripley. These reservoir areas now provide for a host of outdoor leisure pursuits such as walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing.

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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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