The Picturesque Peak District
When the recession hit the UK over two years ago, everyone was determined to find ways of saving money. People cut down their food bills, their travel expenses and most of all, their holidays. This reduction in spending led to what the media called 'staycations' with spending on foreign holidays slumping by 17% in the first half of 2009. With people determined to stay in the UK and enjoy a holiday despite the tumultuous British weather, tourist spots boomed. British seaside towns and areas of natural beauty became a popular place for British residents to visit, either for a day out or a short break. The Peak District near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, is one such place that British residents may choose to visit if they are in need of a break.
The Peak District national park is a huge area that encompasses towns, villages and outstanding views of the countryside. It truly has something for everyone to do, whether it be walking up hills, rock climbing, mountain biking or simply having a gentle walk with shops and plenty of places to stop for a cup of tea.
Some of the most famous villages in the area are Bakewell (home of the Bakewell tart), Edale and Dovedale. These rural destinations have idyllic views of the surrounding countryside, perfect for the city dweller who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend time somewhere quiet and peaceful. These areas also have many small, independent shops that cannot be found elsewhere in the UK. Of course, where there are small independent shops there are also quaint little cafes, full of atmosphere and character unlike the chain coffee shops so often found across the country. If you fancy something slightly stronger than a cup of tea and a slice of cake, these villages also have several pubs complete with open fires, real ales and friendly bar staff who are always willing to talk about the local area and give helpful advice to visitors.
The Peak District is one of the areas of the UK that may become a 'staycation' hotspot. It truly has something to offer for everyone, making it ideal for a family holiday as all members can find something to do that relaxes or satisfies them. The Peak District has dozens of hotels, campsites and bed and breakfasts for visitors although it is recommended that you book in advance, especially for bank holiday weekends or if the weather forecast has predicted a long spell of nice weather. However, with so many things to do in the Peak District, even rain cannot spoil the fun.
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