A Lebanese guide to the Peak District

Last November, I visited the Peak District with a few Lebanese friends for a weekend. I was keen to show them the best of what England has to offer, and rented out a quaint and comfortable cottage on Airbnb at the edge of the park just past Sheffield.

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On Saturday, we headed out to Hope Valley for a walk. The circuit I found, downloadable on the OS maps app, is over 13 kilometres long, with 551 metres of ascent.

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It remains a fairly gentle stroll, and is definitely recommended for a bigger group with various fitness levels.

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The walk goes up gently from Castleton, a charming old village with a few pubs and restaurants, to reach the Great ridge that separates the Hope Valley from Edale in the North.

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The ridge then goes through Mam Tor and Lose Hill, following a leisurely pace up and down the hills. Beware of the howling, cold wind once on the ridge – even on a sunny day. Once down from Lose Hill, the OS Map walks recommends a detour through farming land to the village of Hope and then back again to Castleton.

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Some parts of the walk were crowded, especially as we were lucky enough to get good weather on the day. However, it was overall a perfect relaxing day out in the Peaks. The path was also great for trail running – if we had been a smaller group.

The next day, a few of us went to visit the Christmas market at Chatsworth, an English estate which is now open to the public.

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Leo and I went running around Chatsworth instead– through beautiful gardens, forestland, and small waterfalls, before heading to a quintessentially British pub, The Packhorse Inn, where you can find everything you need after a cold run in the Peak district: ales, game, and a warming fire.

 

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