Where To Stay In The Peak District Part 1
For those who have ever visited the north of England, they will be acutely aware of the vast fluctuations present not only in its rolling landscapes and jutting cityscapes, but also in its culture. The north and south divide in England has been firmly established in the cultural inheritance of many since it was first accentuated by the industrialisation of the north throughout the early nineteenth century, but many who have travelled from the bustling metropolis of Manchester to the seven hills of Sheffield, will have felt this cultural variation micro-cosmically embodied in the steep valleys, winding village roads, and windy plains of the mesmerising Peak District.
Choosing where to stay in the Peak District in order to be best positioned to experience the slumbering culture, the differing way of life, and breathtaking views, can be a tricky decision to make, and often leaves most people frantically bashing away at their keyboards and smart phones, hoping for internet salvation in websites purporting to offer the best holiday deals for those wandering lonely as clouds across the moorlands, looking for a warm place to waste the night away. Of course, deciding on where to stay in the Peak District ultimately involves a lot of buck stopping, and is affected by many differing factors.
The Peak District National Park itself covers roughly five hundred and fifty five square miles of moorland, hills, valleys and, as one would hope, peaks, and, as most of the villages, tourist attractions, activities, and hotels have suffered from a complete lack of being neatly situated all within one succinct and convenient place, somebody wanting to see as much as they can within one visit may find themselves in somewhat of a conundrum, and at somewhat of a loss. The best way to decide on where to stay in the Peak District is to start by deciding just what it is exactly that you wanted to do.
In typical northern style, the land is conventionally divided along a north/south divide. The Dark Peak, to the north, may sound ominous, but is named more for its geology than its theology, and contains the majority of moorland in the area, although local folklore does tell of ghostly planes seen flying through the night, due to the area's steep inclines and high peaks, and lost pilots propensity to crash into them. Within the area fall the gateway spa-town of Buxton, the idyllic River Derwent, and the historic Kinder Scout, a moorland plateau, from which, on clear days, ramblers can look out over the sprawling conurbations of Greater Manchester to the highlands of Snowdonia. The Dark Peak is certainly worth a visit for those who wish to ramble, as it includes some of the Peak's highest points, but it also contains much within its nestled towns for those wishing to simply ramble around cobbled streets and market places instead.
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