Peak District National Park turns 72 years old

On this day in 1951 the Peak District became the UK’s first national park. The UK has since created 15 National Parks, but the Peak District has the honour of being the first.

In total the size is 555 sq miles and while not the biggest or has the most challenging mountains to climb, it still a special place to climb. I spent much of my youth hiking in the Peaks with my local scout group. 

One of my favourite memories of the Peaks was when I was about 14 or 15 walking up Kinder Scout and seeing a man in a full suit including work shoes.

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Over 13 million people explore this national park each year, are you one of them?

There is much to see and do in the Peak District, whether that’s visiting one of the historic towns, Buxton, Bakewell or one of the many others, going for a hike along Britain’s oldest long-distance national walking trail or just for a stroll in the woods. 

The peaks really does have something for everyone.

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