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Inside the The Peak District National park, Eyam Museum has displays about the village’s history during the Black Death. Castleton has four show caves; Peak Cavern, Blue John, Treak Cliff and Speedwell. In the outer fringes, the area’s industrial heritage is represented by the mining museum at Matlock Bath with the Temple Lead Mine, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and Brindley Water Mill at Leek. Preserved railways such as the Peak Rail, Ecclesbourne Valley and Churnet Valley lines, the National Tramway Museum at Crich and the Cromford Canal chart the area’s transport history. Matlock Bath also has the show caves and mines of the Heights of Abraham which can be reached by cable car, and the Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park. Buxton has an opera house and theatre, museum and art gallery and Poole’s Cavern show cave. Other attractions in the fringes include the Alton Towers theme park and the Peak Wildlife Park.
An extensive network of public footpaths and numerous long-distance trails, over 1,800 miles (2,900 km) in total, and large open-access areas are available for hillwalking and hiking. The Pennine Way traverses the Dark Peak from Edale to the park’s northern boundary just south of Standedge. Bridleways are used by mountain bikers, as well as horse riders. The Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail, which re-use former railway lines, are well used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The Peak District Boundary Walk is a circular 190-mile (310 km) walking trail around the national park.
Sections of the former rail routes were converted to multi-purpose cycle trails. After the Woodhead Line was closed between Hadfield and Penistone part of the trackbed was used for the Longdendale Trail section of the Trans Pennine Trail between Hadfield and Woodhead The Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway between Rowsley and Buxton is part of the Monsal Trail. The trackbed of the Cromford and High Peak Railway is open to the public as the High Peak Trail. The Tissington Trail uses another disused rail line between Buxton and Ashbourne while the Manifold Way utilises the former line between Waterhouses and Hulme End.
Local authorities run cycle hire centres at Ashbourne, Parsley Hay, Middleton Top, the Upper Derwent Valley and Hulme End. Wheelchair access is possible at several places on the former railway trails, and cycle hire centres offer vehicles adapted to wheelchair users. A project to make footpaths more accessible to less-agile walkers has replaced stiles with gates.
Gritstone outcrops at Stanage Edge and The Roaches, are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world. Limestone is more unstable but provides many testing climbs. T
Caving takes place in the natural caves, potholes and old mine workings found in the limestone of the White Peak. Peak Cavern, the largest and most important cave system, is even linked to the Speedwell system at Winnats. The largest potholes are Eldon Hole and Nettle Pot. Many old mine workings were often extensions of natural cave systems. They can be found at Castleton, Winnats, Matlock, Stoney Middleton, Eyam, Monyash and Buxton.
Reservoirs such as Torside Reservoir, Damflask Reservoir, Carsington Water and Rudyard Lake are centres for water sports, including sailing, fishing and canoeing. Other activities include air sports such as hang gliding and paragliding, birdwatching, fell running, off-roading, and orienteering.
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