Days out: A district that will certainly peak your interest

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For an adventurous outdoor side to Sheffield that’s home to one of the most captivating landscapes in the country, The Peak District is well worth exploring.

Sheffield stretches into England’s first (and one of its biggest) national parks, an area known for both its size and natural beauty, lying just a few miles from the Steel City’s centre.

To give you a sense of its size, it covers an area of around 555 square miles – that’s about the same size as Greater London!

So it comes as no surprise that there are a bounty of pastimes to enjoy that range from organised walks and wildlife watching to climbing and cycling.

Let’s make special mention of the latter, given the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France whipped through the area on July 6 and the park provided the backdrop for some stunning images that went worldwide.

If you want to stay out of the saddle and on your feet then there’s rocky outcrops, open moorlands, vast caves, natural springs and stone villages aplenty to explore – all easily accessible from Sheffield.

The Peak District’s varied landscape also make it ideal for a more chilled family outing, holiday or a day out with friends.

You can also seek out the source of Sheffield’s Porter Brook River at the park, on Burbage Moor behind a small farm on Hangram.

If you want a guided experience, why not take a tour to enjoy the Peak’s countless sights and locations.

A good tip is to check the weather before going and to prepare yourself appropriately.

FACTFILE

Prices: Free access

Opening Times: Year round

Address: Various – four visitor centres

Car Parking: 45 car parks, including 18 pay and display from £1.50

Attraction Website: www.visitpeakdistrict.com

Telephone: 0114 221 1900

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

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