In 1951 The Peak District National Park became the first national park in the United Kingdom. An area of great diversity, it is split into the northern Dark Peak, where most of the moorland is found and the geology is gritstone, and the southern White Peak, where most of the population lives and the geology is mainly limestone. Covering 555 square miles there are plenty of things to do, why not visit one of the many historic buildings and castles such as Chatsworth House or Peveril Castle.
The more adventurous can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing at the world famous Stanage Edge or walking within the open countryside, incorporating a hearty meal at one of the many Peak District pubs and café's. In the spring and summer months well dressing ceremonies are held in most of the villages, other local customs include Castleton's annual Garland Festival and Ashbourne's Royal Shrovetide Football, played annually since the 12th century. Throughout the year Buxton hosts two opera festivals.
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