The UK’s beauty spots will be top of the list for people planning breaks – and the Peak District the country’s first area to be declared a national park over 70 years ago in April 1951, is home to many picturesque places.
Here are 10 of the best towns and villages in which to stay in and around the Peak Park. Carefully check cancellation policies when booking and only travel if the law permits at the time of your trip.
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Buxton isn't actually within the Peak Park but it's virtually encircled by the area's boundary - its Georgian architecture and heritage as a Roman spa town make it a Northern rival to Bath, as the Fifth Duke of Devonshire intended when he created buildings like the Devonshire Dome and the Crescent, which has just reopened as a hotel that is likely to become a magnet for staycationers. The Pavilion Gardens are a lovely spot for a stroll.
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Castleton is an ideal destination for a holiday in the Peak District. First of all it does have a castle - the ruined Peveril Castle which dates from Norman times - and it is the only place in the world where the semi-precious Blue John stone is found. Visitors can explore show caves and walk up Mam Tor for breathtaking views.
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The attractive village of Baslow is on Chatsworth's doorstep and is perfect for foodies too as it can boast the acclaimed Baslow Hall, which has guest rooms as well as a restaurant.
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Chapel-en-le-Frith is known as the 'Capital of the Peak'; independent shops, cafes and restaurants are some of its strengths, while visitors can walk up Eccles Pike near the town centre to take in views of all the major Dark Peak summits with a 360-degree panorama.
Photo: LINDSEY PARNABY