Explore the history of the Peak District with our photo theme of curated images from our library. The Peak District became the UK’s first national park in 1951. It forms the southern end of the Pennines. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty typified by valleys, limestone gorges, plateaus and rounded hills. The area has seen various uses through human history from burial mounds and stone henges in the ancient past to mining, quarrying, textile mills and a thriving canal network. Today, the area is best known as a popular tourist spot.