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One of the best things about the Peak District from the perspective of a visitor is that there are no boundaries. I mean, of course there are boundaries, but you can walk onto or off the park from any side of it, on any footpath or road. There are no barriers to pass through, not even any signs to indicate that you are leaving the park. One moment you are in the Peak District, the next, whether you know it or not, you are outside it.

This has led to some very odd occurrences with nearby villages. When taking a holiday to the area, many people will choose to stay in one of the Peak District cottages that are available in what are considered Peak District villages, such as Glossop, Buxton and Hayfield [Glossop and Buxton are, in fact, towns, and are in the Peak District, but not within the Peak District National Park. See Comments]. However, these villages all fall outside the boundaries of the Peak District area, not that you’d know it to talk to people visiting them.

The Peak District is often called the Derbyshire Peak District, which is again a misleading development that doesn’t correspond with its boundaries. Although most of England’s first and most visited national park does lie within Derbyshire, it also extends into Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Cheshire and West and South Yorkshire, and visitors from Leeds and Manchester are a significant portion of the park’s guests all year round.

Ultimately, the boundaries that the Peak District is given are mostly for administrative purposes, and anybody staying in one of the Derbyshire cottages either on or near the district will realise that the beauty and appeal of the areas spreads far beyond those artificial boundaries.

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