The Peak District is one of England's most accessible national parks. Bordered by Manchester to the west, Sheffield to the east, and close to other large cities of the Midlands, it's reckoned that 16 million people—one-third of England's population—live within an hour's drive.
The geology of the area manifests itself in the two main regions of the Peak District—the White Peak, and the Dark Peak.
Limestone underlies the White Peak, with its narrow and deeply incised dales (often dry), cutting through extensive, rolling grazing land, criss-crossed by hundreds of miles of dry-stone walls.
Gritstone dominates in the Dark Peak, forming long edges popular with rock climbers, and swathes of high, bleak moorland, covered in sphagnum bog and peat. In late summer, many moors are transformed by a bright purple carpet of flowering heather.
This variety leads to countless photographic opportunities, enhanced by substantial changes in the landscape from season to season. Much of the area is also rich in historical sites, ranging from Bronze Age henges, to features from the Industrial Revolution of the mid-eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.
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