Well its that special time of year again, will it or won’t it snow in the Peak District on Christmas day. I keep a very close eye on the weather and i think that we will not get any snow on Christmas day in the Peak. I’m happy to be proven wrong though.
Anyway enough talk of the weather. I have been thinking about the Peak District a lot recently. Sometimes it takes a step back from things in order for you to see the bigger picture. I spend a lot of time up in the Cairngorm, the Highlands and the west coast of Scotland in winter so i’ve been thinking giving things some thought.
In the Peak District, the first national park in the United Kingdom created in 1951, we are accessible to millions of people. No one is excluded. With the cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leicester in close proximity we are popular.
Good transport hubs allow for everyone to be included. Departing the train at Edale station is in total contrast to getting on the train in Manchester or Sheffield. The countryside is our escape from modern life. It is interesting to read about how the industrial revolution influenced the beginnings of the Peak District national park and people wanting to escape our cities.
The 555 square miles of the Peak District offers us a broad range of terrain. From gentle strolls enjoying nice villages and towns, to walking the desolate Kinder Scout plateau or climbing on Stanage Edge or the Roaches. The Peak District has so much to offer.
Having grown up in the Peak District i am bias. I love the park. When i go to Scotland or the Alps in the winter to mountaineer, climb or ski i always enjoy coming back home as i am fresh with new or replenished outdoor ideas.
I find it interesting how people react to the countryside and how there attitude changes.
I work with alot of young adults at outdoor centres and assist with our local Duke of Edinburgh award in the dark peak. Seeing things from a different point of view is needed occasionally. It is good for us. Like the lack of snow in winter at the moment it will make us appreciate it more when snow flakes do begin to fall.
Have a good and relaxing christmas folks.