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Sheffield’s the greenest city in England, with over 200 parks, woodlands and gardens and more trees per head than any city in Europe. A third of the city is in the Peak District, the UK’s first national park.

5 things to do in the Peaks

by Joe Bennett, chair of the student Fell Walking and Mountaineering Club

1. Walk

‘The Peak District is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and a hiker’s paradise. One of our favourite walks is to Ox Stones, which you can walk to literally from the door of the University in just two hours.’

2. Climb

‘Stanage Edge has some of the most well-known and popular climbing routes in the UK, with something for all levels and abilities.’

3. Cycle

‘Tackling the hills of the Peak District is a must-do challenge for any cyclist. Following the route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ gives it an extra buzz.’

4. Go fell running

‘The Peaks are a favourite for fell runners. Every year the Red Bull Steeplechase puts 500 of the best through their paces on a gruelling route from Bamford to Castleton.’

5. Eat

‘When you’ve worked up an appetite, try some of the food the Peak District is famous for, from Bradwells ice cream to Chatsworth game pies.’

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