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The Peak District was Britain's first designated national park, established in April 1951. The enduring appeal of this area continues to draw in visitors from across the UK and abroad. There's a broad selection of holiday accommodation in the Peak District, from luxury hotels to self catering cottages or campsites.

The National Park covers nearly 1,500 square kilometres of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire and boasts over 2,500 public rights of way. It's a walker's paradise, with terrain ranging from gently sloping limestone dales to crystal clear rivers, dramatic slopes and high heather moorland. The Peak Park Rangers lead guided walks at a variety of levels, from serious hikes along the Pennine Way to shorter routes and town walking tours. The landscape is also great for cyclists, riders and rock-climbers.

In the northern area of the Peak District you'll find wild open moorland and plenty of secluded self-catering accommodation in the Peak District from which to explore it. Further south are the wildlife-rich valleys and pretty towns and villages with picturesque cottages and holiday homes.

Bakewell is a pleasant market town dating back to Saxon times. It's best known for the famous 'Bakewell Pudding', and rumour has it that the original recipe was somewhat of an accident resulting from a careless cook mixing egg with the jam rather than the pastry in a strawberry tart. Staying in a self-catering cottage near Bakewell will give you a chance to sample this local delicacy at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding shop.

Chatsworth house and gardens in Derbyshire is one of Britain's finest historic estates. In the house, visitors can marvel at over thirty richly decorated rooms and famous works of art. The extensive grounds include 17th and 19th century water features, a maze and kitchen, cottage, rose and rock gardens. Chatsworth was used in the 2005 film version of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Unfortunately, you can't stay the night in one of Chatsworth's luxurious four-poster beds, but there are some pretty impressive self-catering cottages near Chatsworth to rent.

If you're visiting the Peak District with children then head to the caverns around Castleton for a magical underground worl of stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, fossils and the local 'Blue John' stone. At Speedwell cavern you can even take a journey underground by boat. The 'Heights of Abraham' is a unique hilltop park. You can explore underground caverns, stroll along woodland paths and hop on England's first ever alpine style cable car. A smooth journey takes you high above the hillside to enjoy stunning views across the Peak District. You can stop off for a drink and bite to eat at the 'Hi Café' and let the children enjoy the 'Explorers Challenge' adventure playground.

The 'Derwent Dams' in North Derbyshire hold in the reservoirs of Howden, Derwent and Ladybower which form the largest area of open water in the Peak District. While the landscape here is as much a product of man as nature, it still maintains a natural feel and supports a good variety of wildlife. Birdwatchers and fishermen and while away countless hours by the water, while walkers can trek through acres of rich woodland. The Peak District is a great part of England to hire a self-catering cottage and there are luxury holiday homes in Ambergate, Derbyshire holiday houses to rent, cottages to hire in Eaton, self-catering holiday cottages in Belper, and farm houses to let near Froghall Wharf - the choice and variety of holiday accommodation in the Peak District is immense and you will be spoilt for choice!

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