Peak District

The Peak District 5 interesting facts

The Peak District was the first national park in the UK to receive recognition in 1951. Thanks to Benny Rothman who lead the Kinder mass trespass in 1932, which paved the way for the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in 2000 (CROW)

The national parks symbol is a millstone. Quarries have been operating in the park since prehistoric times and hundreds of millstones are scattered across the national park.

The Peak District is famous for its caves – with the deepest being over 400 metres  below the ground. People still lived in the caves until 1910. The tallest cave: Titan shaft, Castleton, 141.4 metres (464 ft) is taller than the London eye, it is also the largest shaft of any cave in the British Isles, discovered in1999 by local cavers.

The Peak District hosts part one of the longest walking trails in the UK, the Pennine way. The Pennine way stretches 268 miles from the Kirk Yeltholm in Scotland to the Nag’s head pub in Edale.

Operation Chastise was an attack on the German dams in 1943 by the Royal Airforce 617 Squadron, later to be call the Dam Busters. The Dam Busters used a purpose-built ‘bouncing bomb’ developed by Barnes Wallis. The Derwent reservoir was one of the locations  that the crews practised on prior to the raid on 16-17 May 1943.

The Trinnacle at Dovestones Reservoir