Peak District Voices

Peak District Voices

The Peak District National Park is a truly inspiring place, and the tales told by the area’s people are every bit as varied, intriguing and wonderful as the landscape. Our Peak District Voices page is a platform for fascinating stories from every corner of the Peak District, told by the people who know the place best. Here you’ll find the accounts of artists, writers, designers, sheep farmers, runners, social historians and fishermen, to name but a few. Their experiences are all different, but tied together by a passion for this beautiful place that inspires them every day.


Peak District Voices

Life Lines: How Fishing at Ladybower Reservoir is Transforming Lives

Life-Giving Water The cool, clear waters of Ladybower Reservoir have been nurturing life for over 75 years.  The reservoir was built between 1935 and 1943, and at that time it was the largest reservoir in Britain.  It was built to supply the growing water demands of the East Midlands, and the reservoirs of the Upper Derwent Valley still provide life-giving water to this part of England; they have a staggering combined capacity of 464 billion litres.  Ladybower Reservoir also enriches life in less obvious ways.  The open moorland, towering forests and shady banks that surround the reservoirs are home to shy mountain hares, birds and butterflies.  Trout, perch, roach and pike hide in the depths of the calm waters.  It is a peaceful haven for...
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Cafe Adventure Women’s Mountain Bike Rides

Café Adventure in Hope, Peak District, has been organising social mountain bike rides and events for the past few years. The women’s rides started in November 2016 when I, Rachel (co-owner of Café Adventure with my partner Billy), decided I’d like to find some other women to go on bike rides with. Up until that point I hardly knew of any other ladies who rode mountain bikes and little did I know just how big the womens MTB scene is. It is huge! Our rides regularly have 8-10 riders throughout the winter months and this grows to 20+ in the summer. The Facebook group has approximately 400 members and continues to grow. Since starting the group my passion for riding bikes has gone from strength...
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Cycle of Success – Pedal Peak District

Pedal Peak District - a Cycle Friendly Peak District The Peak District is now more cycle-friendly than ever before, following more than 24 months of work through the Pedal Peak  District for Business project. Within the Derbyshire area of the Peak District, the project has been working with businesses to raise awareness of how to boost cycling tourism. The £350,000 Pedal Peak District project, led by Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), PDNPA and Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) until 31 March 2019.  The Pedal Peak project was part of the wider £1.49 million Growing and Developing the Visitor Economy within Derbyshire project, led by Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire (MPDD) funded by ERDF, MPDD, Derbyshire County...
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A happy marriage and an unusually loving relationship

The Peak District makes a great loving partner. One way of looking at my relationship with the Peak District, may be that I am married to it. Well at least it feels a bit like that. A Ruby Anniversary… 40 years on. It all started at the age of 13 when I would be dropped off at the farm at the top of Winnats Pass with a tent, a geological hammer and some food for a few days. Armed with Geological Survey maps I would hunt out mine workings and try to find Blue John hydrothermal seams as well as minerals discarded as old mine waste. With quite a lot of success back in the day, I returned home with a car full of geological...
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The Living Rug Company

The Living Rug Company in the Staffordshire Peak District Hello and welcome to my first blog on Let's Go Peak District. I thought I would do an introduction to who I am, and what my little business is all about in my inaugural blog. I am from Yorkshire originally and I have moved about quite a bit.  I came to live in the Peak District about thirty years ago.  I now live in the Staffordshire Moorlands just on the edge of the Peak District and have lived here for just over ten years.  The farm is quite remote and is about 1,350ft high so the weather can be a real challenge sometimes.     We moved to the farm because I keep horses and wanted...
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