Online search behemoth Google has today marked the ‘birthday’ of Peak District national park by placing a customised ‘Doodle’ on its homepage.
Google Doodles occasionally replace the company’s traditional logo on their search homepage to celebrate events, anniversaries or holidays —or milestones related to the likes of influential artists, pioneers or scientists.
Today’s image is a drawing celebrating the designation of the Peak District as Britain’s first national park.
Depicting a sunrise behind the famous Salt Cellar boulder at Derwent Edge, the scene also includes a pair of walkers climbing a hill on the Peaks’ rolling landscape.
Following the passing of the National Parks Act in 1949, the Peak District was assigned national park status on 17 April 1951.
The act is designed to make the countryside accessible to the public whilst enhancing and preserving the natural beauty of the area. Britain now has 15 national parks including the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, Dartmoor and Brecon Beacons.
Covering 555 square miles and attracting an estimated 22million visitors per year, the Peak District is a diverse area.
The more northern parts of the national park stretches from South and West Yorkshire across to Greater Manchester whilst the southern sections cover large parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Much of the west side of Sheffield falls within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, which also contains numerous villages, including Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne.
Around 12% of the Peak District is owned by the National Trust, who aim to conserve the history of the area and the beautiful natural landscapes. Other major landowners include several water companies who take advantage of the many dams and waterways.
Whilst the area has a vast history of mining and quarrying, with large quantities of coal, lead and limestone, the biggest employment sector in the Peak District is now through tourism with 24% of residents filling nearly 1,000 full-time, part-time and season tourism jobs.
Visitor attractions include the Blue John Cavern in Castleton, Chatsworth House, Matlock Bath’s Heights of Abraham and ‘Little John’s Grave’ at Hathersage — amongst many others.
So, if you get stuck for something to do this Summer then please remember the beautiful Peak District National Park is right on Sheffield’s doorstep. Now endorsed by no less than Google!