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Published November 1st 2012
See the peaks at their best
The Peak District is located mainly in Derbyshire, but also extends into Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire. Some of the most well-known and picturesque areas include Bakewell (home of the Bakewell tart), Buxton, Ashbourne, and Dovedale. The Peak District is easily accessible from London and is only a few hours away by car or train.
Derbyshire countryside near Ashbourne. Photo by Erin Connelly.
The Peak District is particularly beautiful in the autumn, when the colours are changing and less people are around for fear of cold weather. But, if you wear proper attire and plan your walk to intersect with enough village pubs, the cooler weather shouldn't pose any real threat.
Peak horses wearing autumn jackets. Photo by Erin Connelly.
Higher up in the peaks, in the atmospheric moorland, you leave behind the typical patchwork hills and stone walls of the Derbyshire countryside and encounter fields of heather, boulders, and craggy rock formations. This area is perfect for climbers or those who enjoy a more challenging walk.
Field of heather (Hathersage near Eyam). Photo by Erin Connelly.
If you're adventurous and experienced, you may want to plan your own walk or just choose a path and see where it leads. For the less experienced, peak walking guides abound with possibilities. One of the best places to find detailed maps and walk suggestions is at PeakWalking.
Peak Walkers in the distance (Dovedale). Photo by Erin Connelly.
The Peak District is a gorgeous and exciting place to visit at any time of the year, but really shines in the yellow light and mixed colours of autumn. In just a short drive, you can be out of the city and surrounded by natural beauty for a day or weekend of relaxation.