The Peak District
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Derbyshire's Peak District was Britain's first National Park, offering a breathing space for the cities of the industrial North. Prehistoric people built megaliths here, its rivers powered the Industrial Revolution, and its quarries provided stone for great houses such as Chatsworth. This absorbing cultural history explores the contrasting landscapes of the Dark and White Peak, charts the struggle for the right to roam, and traces the region's literary associations from Jane Austen to John Ruskin.