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Within the 500-or-so square miles of the Peaks, which is richly blessed with wildlife and distinctive flora, you will come across places such as Castleton, famous for its fabulous caves; the ever-courteous county town of Matlock, Matlock Bath with its exciting Heights of Abraham and fascinating museums; Eyam, one of the best preserved villages in the Peaks which is celebrated as the 'plague village' after its population went into voluntary quarantine in 1665 as the Black Death swept north from London; and Buxton, an old spa town with one of the country's finest Georgian crescents.
You will certainly wish to visit beautiful Dovedale and the Manifold Valley to seek out unspoiled villages, gently-sipping streams and stress-free scenery. And don't miss the delightful Goyt Valley, Carsington Water or Edale, the start of Britain's best-known long distance footpath, the 250-mile Pennine Way.
History buffs should take a look at Arbor Low near Middleton-by-Youlgreave. This is an enigmatic stone circle and henge thought to have been built around 4,000BC. It stands 250 feet across and must have possessed great power in pre-history.