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Find out about the Dark peak

The Dark Peak

Derbyshire's Hidden Gem


The Dark Peak is an area of outstanding natural beauty, located within the Peak District National Park. 

It is an ideal location for holidays with lots of attractions in the surrounding area. The Longdendale Trail 7 miles of pathway, is a 5 minute walk from Burnswark. The Pennine Way is accessed from the Trail. Glossop Golf club situated at the edge of the Snake pass, a road beloved by drivers,riders, and ramblers runs from Glossop to Sheffield alongside the old Roman road.

The hills are "Dark" due to the high Grit stone content and covered in peat, when the water runs off the hillsides it gives the streams their characteristic brown/black colour. 

The Dark Peak is the higher wilder area of the  two Peak Districts.

The White Peak in contrast is completely different terrain being chalk based with rolling moors and is a short distance to the south of the Dark Peak. 


The area is mainly moorland with hill farming as a traditional way of life. The scenery is breath taking and constantly changes with the seasons.


Glossop historically was a Victorian mill town with access routes over the "Snake" to Sheffield, and via what is now the A57 road to the Manchester Mills.


The Victorian swimming baths, still in use, and Library buildings, are fine examples of Victorian architecture of the period.  

The town centre offers a variety of shops catering for the needs of the self-catering holiday maker, with food and café bars.

Burnswark is located within the Dark Peak, it's truly Derbyshire's hidden Gem and an ideal vacation rental location.