As thoughts turn to summer and the prospect of a quick getaway – here we are celebrating all things great about the Peak District.
The beauty spot was the country’s first area to be declared a national park over 70 years ago in April 1951 and is home to many picturesque places.
Here are 9 of the best towns and villages where you could stay in and around the Peak Park for a fabulous staycation.
1. The Peak District attracts millions of visitors
Walkers in the Peak District. Picture: James Hardisty. Photo: James Hardisty
Hathersage is a Peak District gem, well-connected with a railway station on the Hope Valley line. Robin Hood's sidekick Little John is reputed to be buried here, it inspired parts of Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre, and today is home to the David Mellor cutlery factory, shop, design gallery and café. Photo: Mike Waistell
Winster can be found among limestone hills, surrounded by pretty scenery - there are real ale pubs and walking options, and B&Bs offer accommodation in the village. Photo: Jason Chadwick
Eyam is rich in history, and is primarily known for being the place where residents quarantined themselves during a plague outbreak in the 17th century. The church of St Lawrence dates back to Saxon times and has an eighth-century Celtic Cross, one of the best preserved examples of its kind in the country. Photo: SWNS