Discover and experience a place of contrasts and hidden gems, full of ancient customs, local food, rural traditions, festivals and events. An area of stunning natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers and valleys, reservoirs, springs and caverns, with at its heart the Peak District National Park. Spanning four English counties in the heart of the country, the area is home to dozens of fascinating market towns & pretty villages, world famous attractions, heritage sites and breathtaking landscapes (see the Roaches below right).
The Sunday Times in September 2009 says “Staffordshire reveals its secrets slowly. It is an unsung county, particularly amongst the chattering classes, yet it contains some of the most dazzling landscapes in the British Isles – an English Switzerland. It is wild country: high limestone plateaus are crisscrossed with silvery stone walls and deeply incised with wooded valleys where waterfalls crash over boulders and alders hang on precipitous banks (see photo of Moothercap Moor below left).
The Staffordshire Moorlands encompass the southern portion of the Peak District National Park and then continue southwards to the edge of the Potteries at Stoke on Trent. For many years visitors have been delighted and surprised by the area. As long ago as the 17th century, a Dr Plot visited the area “My mind was heightened to see such vast rocks and such really stupendous prospects which I had never seen before”. More recently, John Higgins says “I often take walkers over The Roaches, and it matters not what time of year or which season: I never fail to be taken in by the scenery and totally immersed in the natural beauty. Views unfold that are unrivalled anywhere else in England….” Buy the “White Peak OS Map” to tempt yourself for what’s in store on your arrival.
The Peak District was the first of the UK National Parks, reflecting it’s beauty and importance. The Peak District has miles of fabulous upland moors and pretty valleys and is internationally important. More carbon is stored in UK peat than in the forests of Britain and France combined. It is home to much wildlife – some of it rare. Near Party Houses Peregrine Falcons have been nesting, curlews fill the skies in the summer and rare white winter hares can be seen.
All Party Houses are situated in the Peak District in the heart of England. The Peak District National Park is a very beautiful area and also has the bonus of being pretty much in the middle of England, and therefore convenient if guests are travelling from different parts of the UK. To quote from the Sunday Times of 27 April 2008 ” The Peak Distirct can be a revelation.. rugged without being daunting… cloud-scudding breezes accross vast, open skies and an impressive range of destinations and activites within easy reach”
Approximate distances are as follows:
- Birmingham: 47 miles
- Bristol: 134 miles
- London: 147 miles
- Leeds: 78 miles
- Manchester: 32 miles
The nearest airports are Manchester and East Midlands
Nearest train stations are Stoke on Trent (London Euston approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes) and Buxton.