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The Peak District National Park became the first designated UK National Park back in 1951. It is situated between the highland areas of England and the lowland counties to the south. You can see visual indications of this as you move around the landscape from the topography and its features. This is notably marked out by the distinctive and varied landscapes depicted by the soil and rock variations of the Dark Peak and White Peak areas. You would be forgiven for thinking the Peak District was always a rural area, as it essentially is that these days. However, if you were to travel back to the 18th Century it would be a very different story, as the Peak District region was the home of the industrial revolution, with the mechanisation of the textile mills and utilisation of water and steam power within the mills. This then lead to the expansion of trade via the new rail network and canals, which ultimately would take the textiles – primarily cotton – down to the busy ports like London for export.

Today, the main industry is tourism, and millions of people come to visit and spend time in the Peak District for recreational purposes. The historical Derbyshire market town of Bakewell is a great place to use as a base or for a visit on your itinerary; and the town is also known for the famous baked tartlet that it shares its name with.

So, whether you are looking for cottages in the Peak District or you would like to rent local holiday cottages Derbyshire, one thing is for sure: you will have plenty of local activities and things to see and do whilst being in one of England’s most beautiful National Parks.

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