Peak District National Park : Michelin's recommendations
On the doorstep of the concentrated industrial areas of Sheffield, Manchester, the Potteries and West Yorkshire lies the unspoilt landscape of the Peak District National Park. It was on Kinder Scout (639m) on 24 April 1932, that a mass trespass was organised by ramblers anxious to establish a right of access to these wild spots. In the end, their action led to the establishment of National Parks. At present, disused railway lines have been turned into footpaths and there are rock faces to be climbed and pot-holes to be explored, particularly around Castleton. Derwent Reservoirs offer a range of activities and the spectacular Dovedale Gorge is ideal for walking. You might want to stay overnight at Buxton or Matlock, both elegant 18C spa resorts, before setting off on a trip to the historic homes along the park's eastern boundary. The region is full of lovely stately homes, with the house, park and gardens of Chatsworth leading the way. However, Hardwick Hall, where the shadow of its creator, Bess of Hardwick (1527-1608) can still be felt, Haddon Hall (12C-17C) at Rowsley and Bolsover Castle, standing on a hilltop, are all equally worthy of note.