Peak pips Lakes in tourism top ten

They wish they were here..

The Peak District has been voted among the top three favourite British holiday locations in a prestigious national awards scheme.

Only Cornwall proved a more popular choice for expert judges and readers in that category in this year’s Countryfile Magazine Awards.

The Peak District fought off stiff opposition from eight other destinations, including the Cotswolds and the Yorkshire Dales, to scoop second spot ahead of the Lake District in third – and tourism bosses are delighted.

“We are thrilled that Countryfile magazine’s panel of expert judges, backed by its readers, have recognised the special qualities and characteristics that put this location among the cream of UK holiday spots,” said David James, chief executive of tourist board Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

“To come second in popularity only to Cornwall, one of the country’s key tourism destinations, and ahead of the likes of the Lake District, the Cotswolds and the Yorkshire Dales, is a huge achievement.

“We’ve been working hard over the past seven years to establish the area as a leading British destination – most recently to overseas and domestic journalists, while the Olympic spotlight shone so brightly on London 2012 – and this is welcome recognition for our efforts.”

Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, added: “It’s a place where you can have it all – a national park, protected for its beauty, wildlife, heritage and tranquillity, with healthy activities all year round – yet within an hour of big cities with all the entertainment they can offer.”

The Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 features 12 categories, ranging from the nation’s favourite dish and Britain’s best market town to Britain’s best heritage attraction and Britain’s favourite nature reserve.

Full details of winners and runners-up are published in the September issue of the magazine, on sale now, price £3.95.