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The 10 best walks in the Peak District

White Peak and Dark Peak; their names sound like two warring kingdoms on Middle Earth. One can be found in the lush, green south of the Peak District, with its valleys, broadleaved woodlands, wildflower grasslands and limestone caves, while the other dwells in the northern uplands, famous for its windswept moors and gritstone crags. In reality, these are the two main sections of the Peak District National Park, which, having become the UK’s first National Park in 1951, is set to celebrate its 70th birthday this year. Despite their rather different characteristics, they both make for inspirational walking. White Peak offers gentler walks in limestone valleys, with Dovedale and Monsal Dale among the most popular destinations. The footpaths are well maintained and there are atmospheric villages with limestone cottages, narrow lanes, and cosy country pubs (sadly closed right now). Dark Peak, as the name suggests, has tougher walking terrain with its crags, tors, and boggy peat uplands, but its rewards include landscapes like Stanage Edge, the longest ridge of millstone grit in England, with its stunning views over the heartlands of Britain. At its core, heading north from the village of Edale, is the Pennine Way, Britain’s first National Trail, opened in 1965.