The ancient Assyrian city of Akre – also known as Aqrah – is a cluster of colourful houses built between three steep hillsides. The picturesque city is famous for its Newroz festivities on 21 March, during which Kurds celebrate their New Year with bonfires, fireworks and a parade of men and women making their way down the hill with blazing torches.
Rolling across the Pennines' southernmost hills is the glorious Peak District National Park. Ancient stone villages are folded into creases in the landscape, and the hillsides are littered with stately homes and rocky outcrops. The Dark Peak is dominated by exposed moorland and gritstone 'edges', while to the south, the White Peak is made up of the limestone dales.