The Peak, Derbyshire

A Topogrpahical and Statistical Description of Derby etc by George Alexander Cooke (1810)

From the irregularity of the surface of this county, the northern and middle parts are generally nomiated the High Peak and the Wapentake or the Low Peak ; these being distinguished by a long and continued succession of hills and vallleys ; while the southern parts, which have not received any paticular appellation, is not remarkable for either.

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 Chapter 42 
The time fixed for the beginning of their northern tour was now fast approaching, and a fortnight only was wanting of it, when a letter arrived from Mrs. Gardiner, which at once delayed its commencement and curtailed its extent. Mr. Gardiner would be prevented by business from setting out till a fortnight later in July, and must be in London again within a month; and as that left too short a period for them to go so far, and see so much as they had proposed, or at least to see it with the leisure and comfort they had built on, they were obliged to give up the Lakes, and substitute a more contracted tour, and, according to the present plan, were to go no farther northward than Derbyshire. In that county there was enough to be seen to occupy the chief of their three weeks; and to Mrs. Gardiner it had a peculiarly strong attraction. The town where she had formerly passed some years of her life, and where they were now to spend a few days, was probably as great an object of her curiosity as all the celebrated beauties of Matlock, Chatsworth, Dovedale, or the Peak.

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