The Millstones of the Peak District

By |July 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Resting on windswept moors and in shady woodlands throughout the Peak District are more than a thousand abandoned millstones, covered with lichen and moss, weather-worn and often hidden to all that pass by. These relics of a bygone age are reminders that this tranquil part of England was once filled with the sounds of quarrying rather than birdsong, when the steam and dust from hundreds of mills fumed into the now clean, clear air. These huge stone ‘wheels’ are so synonymous with the Peak District that ornamental versions grace every sign on key routes into the National Park, and the millstone features as the logo for the Peak District National Park Authority. You may have chanced upon a millstone during a walk in the Peak District and wondered

The Peak District and Why I Love It

By |November 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

What and where is the Peak District? The Peak District is the original (and best!) national park in the UK. It was the first such park ever created here, back in 1951, and is now one of fifteen spread across the country. The Peak District covers 555 square miles of England and its boundary extends into five counties, encompassing some of the most beautiful parts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. Part of its beauty comes from its accessibility; it's an area of peace and tranquility sandwiched between the cities of Sheffield, Manchester and Derby, and more than 20 million people live within an hour's journey of its wild landscapes. Back in post-war Britain, the Peak District was originally conceived to provide a protected place of fresh air