Vote now to make Peak District the UK’s number one hotspot

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Tourist bosses are calling on locals to take part in a vote which could see The Peak District crowned as Britain’s favourite holiday location in a prestigious national awards scheme.

The area has been praised as ‘a treasured open landscape within striking distance of major cities’ and is competing against nine other popular destinations – including Cornwall, the Cotswolds, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales – in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012.

Its pivotal role in securing ‘right to roam’ legislation ensuring wider access to Britain’s countryside is also highlighted in its nomination, one of ten locations put forward by Lonely Planet Magazine.

“It’s great news, but no great surprise, that the Peak District is up there with the likes of Cornwall, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales on the shortlist for the second annual Countryfile Magazine Awards,” said David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.

“We punch well above our weight as a leading British destination, with special and varied landscapes; quality attractions, activities and accommodation; fabulous film and TV locations; fantastic festivals; unusual and unique customs; wholesome food and drink and a huge range of things to see and do – all within easy reach, right at the heart of the country.”

Members of the public can enter by completing a form in the magazine, using an online form at www.countryfile.com/awards or by e-mail at awards@countryfile.com.

Voting closes on June 12012, and winners will be announced in the September issue of Countryfile Magazine, which will hit the shelves at the end of August.