The Peak District has a dual personality - there's the Dark Peak and the White Peak. The division reflects the two different rock types - the Dark Peak, in the north of the area (roughly), is mainly gritstone while the White Peak is limestone.
The names also echo the character of each part, the Dark Peak being quite bleak in places while the White Peak is friendlier. Its stone walls turn the hill fields into chequerboards and its dales are often beautifully wooded and full of wildlife.
Within the White Peak
lies the little village of Over Haddon, and the Lathkil Hotel. The village is very attractive without being over-precious, surrounded as it is by working farms. In summer its clear
air and wonderful views are almost intoxicating (and that's before you've visited the bar at The Lathkil).
Within easy reach are famous landmarks like Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and the mysterious Arbor Low.
As well as the wealth of interest above ground, there is fascination underground, too. There are caverns large and small to be explored, some of them yielding the extremely beautiful Blue John, a rare mineral which is made into unique jewellery.