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Lancashire and the Peaks Travel Guide

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Plan Your Lancashire and the Peaks Vacation

For those looking for the postcard England of little villages, the northwest region of England might not appear at the top of many sightseeing lists. Manchester, Britain's third-largest city, bustles with redevelopment, and Liverpool is undergoing significant revitalization. However, the 200 years of smokestack industry that abated only in the 1980s have taken a toll on the east Lancashire

landscape. The region does have lovely scenery inland, in Derbyshire (pronounced Dar-be-sha)—notably the spectacular Peak District, a national park at the southern end of the Pennine range.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Walking in the Peak District Even a short hike in Edale or High Peak reveals the craggy, austere beauty for which the area is famous.
  2. Liverpool culture, old and new The Beatles’ home city is already a must-see for fans of the Fab Four, but this once-run-down Victorian city has spent a decade reinventing itself as a cultural hub.
  3. Manchester nightspots Catch the city at night in any of its humming café-bars and pubs; or just enjoy a good beer in an ornate Victorian-era pub.
  4. Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall Engage the past and imagine yourself as a country landowner roaming the great pile that is Chatsworth, or as a Tudor noble strolling through the grounds of the quintessentially English Haddon Hall.

When To Go

When to Go

Manchester has a reputation as one of the wettest cities in Britain, and visiting in summer won't guarantee fine weather. Nevertheless, wet or c...

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