I've mentioned before that I now have a rather nice daily Manchester to Sheffield commute. Not only is it a rather pleasant, relaxed train ride, with plenty of spare seats (most people seem to commute in the opposite direction), but it also goes through some stunning countryside.
As you can see from this map, the Peak District lies directly between Manchester and Sheffield:
This bit of railway track is called the Hope Valley Line, and I'm reliably told is one of the most scenic train routes in England. Even though I go through it every day, I still can't help myself staring out the window, admiring the autumn colours, flocks of sheep, and fluffy clouds hanging in the hills.
Whilst my daily commuter train rushes through pretty fast, there's also a local stopping service, calling at the stations Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Edale and Hope. From these, I've discovered, you can do some amazing walks in the 'High Peaks'. This is a picture from the walk I did on Sunday:
I've traced the rough walking route on Google Maps, see it here: Hope Valley walk.
I never thought I'd see myself as a weekend walker, but it's amazing what leaving London can do to you!