Blog: Slow Travel in the Peak District

By Paul Besley

One of the major things that draw people to study in Sheffield is the city’s proximity to Britain’s first and best national park the Peak District, a third of which sits inside Sheffield’s boundary. It is also one of the most visited national parks in the world.

Helen Moat described the concept of Slow Travel being about taking time to absorb the intricate details of a place and the people. Helen talked about some of her favourite places within the Peak District all of which are accessible from Sheffield city centre by car, rail or bus.

The Dark Peak is an area of semi wilderness, high moorlands and gritstone rock. Students who are climbers, walkers and fell runners will be well acquainted with the area. It gets its name from the dark peat moorlands. Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge and the Upper Derwent Valley are all easily reached by train, bus or car from Sheffield.

If you like wildlife and bird watching then the eastern moors are the place to be. One of Britain’s largest wild deer herds can be found on Big Moor, as can Merlin, Sparrow hawks, Adders and a host of wild flowers. Froggatt Edge is famous for its climbing routes and views across the Peak District. Train, bus or car from Sheffield can reach big Moor and the Longshaw Estate.

The Northern White Peak in the Derbyshire Dales, has limestone dales and rare orchids, glow-worms, yes glow-worms, and some of the most picturesque scenery in Britain. A bus ride out to the market town of Bakewell can then connect you to a bus ride out to the Derbyshire Dales.

Sheffield students are so lucky to have all of this on their doorstep and by using your university card, travel need not be expensive. If you are travelling out into the Peak District always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

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