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High Peak, Derbyshire

High Peak
High Peak is an area of Derbyshire in the Peak District . The area is a National Park Estate that is also known as Dark Peak. It is well known for its outstanding and dramatic scenery and is very popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is home to the High Peak Trail which itself is a national route on the National Cycle Network. The High Peak Trail is also part of the Pennine Bridleway. A number of significant features can be found in High Peak, including Derwent Edge a Millstone Grit escarpment that lies above the Upper Derwent Valley. Derwent Edge is home to several unusually shaped gritstone tors formed over thousands of years by the actions of wind, rain and frost. The High peak is also home to Odin Mine, a disused lead mine found near the village of Castleton , England. It is the oldest documented mine in Derbyshire and one of the oldest lead mines in England. Odin Mine is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is within the Castleton Site of Special Scientific Interest. The famous Snake Pass carries the A57 across the High Peak area. The road was first built as a toll road in 1820 to connect Manchester with Sheffield . Bleaklow, which lies near to Snake Pass, is a largely peat covered, gritstone moorland most of which lies above 2,000 feet.

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Henry VI Crowned as Henri II in Paris - 1431, Oliver Cromwell becomes 'lord protector' - 1653, The 'Bill of Rights' established - 1689, Boston tea party - 1773, Battle of the Bulge Begins - 1944
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