Special qualities in the Peak District

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10 reasons why the Peak District is a special place...

From natural heritage to the character of its landscape, the Peak District retains a sense of wildness, remoteness and natural beauty...

  • Biodiversity - the area retains its unique biodiversity and wildlife, and nationally important landscapes such as the blanket bogs of the high moorland.
  • The human influence - you can trace thousands of years of human influence through the landscape here. The area retains a distinctive character - see it in the hamlets, village and towns of the Peak District as well as in the trees, woodlands, stone walls, field barns and other landscape features.
  • Significant geological features mingle with a wealth of historic buildings, parks and gardens in the park.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to experience tranquillity and quiet enjoyment - and the park's clean air, earth and water.
  • The park is easily accessible from surrounding urban areas - special value is attached to the national park by these nearby urban communities.
  • Come here to experience dark skies at night - see the stars unhindered by the glow of street lights!
  • Discover our rich cultural heritage of history, archaeology, customs, traditions, legends, arts and literary associations.
  • There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure - and to improve your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Discover environmentally-friendly methods of farming and working the land.
  • Craft and cottage industries thrive in the park - there is a vibrancy and a sense of community.

Keeping it special - the role of the Authority