Peak District named as one of the best places in the UK for dog walking

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The Peak District has been named as one of the top five places in the UK for socially-distanced dog walks.

The research, carried out by Benchmark Kennels, put the Peak District fifth on the national list behind Exmoor, the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors and Northumberland.

The Peak District was designated the first national park in the UK, is easily accessible to 16 million people living within an hour’s drive, making it extremely popular.

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It sees 13,250,000 yearly visitors, with 2,900 kilometres of walking routes, ensuring that you can enjoy a backdrop of gorgeous scenery without passing many people.

The Peak District is a big favourite with dog walkersThe Peak District is a big favourite with dog walkers
The Peak District is a big favourite with dog walkers

Researchers said: “The Peak District contains an incredible mix of hills and valleys, resulting in some of the most beautiful and varied walks in the country.

“Mam Tor is a hill popular with walkers, where you can walk atop a ridge to Lose Hill and take in some of the best panoramic views in the UK.

"Ladybower Reservoir is another stunning walk, where you can walk by the tranquil water through the woodlands.”

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Cheryl Sampson, marketing manager at Benchmark Kennels: “Dog walking in the countryside is vital to the health of your pooch.

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“Not only that, but walking in a national park benefits people too, by increasing cardiovascular fitness, reducing the odds of developing certain conditions, and even reducing anxiety and depression.

"This is especially important when we are spending most of our time working from home, without much exercise or the benefits of the outdoors.”