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The experience of being here

Most of the people who spend any time in the National Park will experience a range of emotions, triggered by the beauty, grandeur and other, less tangible qualities. These all help create the 'spirit of place' that is unique to this National Park:

Extensive areas where a true sense of tranquillity, remoteness and solitude can still be found, which is rare in England today. 

The natural sounds of wind, water and birdsong, which are important to the recreational experience; the 'spiritual exercise and enjoyment' that is at the heart of National Park designation.

Expansive views that show to advantage the area's beauty and variety.

Ever-changing light, seasonal change and occasional severe weather, which creates visual drama and contrast that enhances personal experience. 

Dark night skies - as it suffers little from light pollution, the moon, night sky and atmospheric effects can be fully appreciated.

Its historic and extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and tracks, extensive areas of public access, rivers, crags and caves.

Welcoming and friendly people and places each with its own special character, but all with a very close sense of community, reflected in the wide range of local village shows social activities and entertainment.

Walking

Get inspiration whether you want family-friendly ambles or long-distance challenge >

Mountain biking

Check out our off-road trails!

Stargazing

Enjoy the beauty of a star-filled sky in the National Park. Click here to find out more.

Shows and festivals

Discover the great shows, galas and festivals that take place throughout the year

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