Peak District shortlisted for national award

On the shortlist: Beauty spots like Monsal Head could help win a prestigious national award for the Peak District.

On the shortlist: Beauty spots like Monsal Head could help win a prestigious national award for the Peak District.

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IT IS one of Britain’s most popular attractions – and now the Peak District has been shortlisted for a prestigious national awards scheme which is designed to find the nation’s favourite holiday destinations.

Beauty spots including Monsal Head and Stanage Edge have been praised in the nomination as key to an area which is ‘a treasured open landscape within striking distance of major cities’.

The Peak District is competing against nine other destinations – including Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, as well as the Yorkshire Dales – in the Countryfile Magazine Awards.

The Peak District’s pivotal role in securing ‘right to roam’ legislation, ensuring wider access to Britain’s countryside, is also highlighted in its nomination – one of 10 put forward by Lonely Planet magazine.

David James, chief executive of the area’s official tourist board, said: “It’s great news, but no great surprise, that the Peak District is on the shortlist for the second annual Countryfile Magazine Awards.

“We punch well above our weight as a leading British destination, with special and varied landscapes, quality attractions, activities and accommodation and fabulous film and TV locations.”

Voting for the magazine’s awards closes on Friday, June 1.

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