The Peak District National Park was designated a national park for its very special qualities. These qualities include a rich diversity of natural and cultural heritage, which is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
No element of the national park landscape is untouched by past or present human activity. However, more people, new technologies and changing lifestyles mean that the potential to change the environment and the appearance of the landscape is much greater now than for any previous generation.
The national park work with a range of people and partners to give the national park a sustainable future and it is a collective responsibility to be aware of the impact so that the national park continues to be here for everyone in the years to come.
Whatever the time of year there are all kinds of things to do in the Peak District National Park with friends, families or on your own.
The National Park offers breath-taking views and fantastic opportunities for pastimes such as cycling, walking and wildlife watching.
Perhaps best known as walking country, the Peak District National Park offers a spectacular variety of scenery and routes to be explored – from steep sided limestone dales to the dramatic high moorlands. There is something for everyone – individuals, families and groups – whether you want a challenging hike or a short stroll.
For wheely good fun they have a great range of bikes to hire for the whole family, whatever your age or ability, including a powered all terrain wheelchair bike at Parsley Hay and electric bikes at Ashbourne and Parsley Hay cycle hire centres.
Why not visit one of the visitor centres, You’ll discover seasonal exhibitions, craft activities, local products and a wealth of information on tap from the friendly, knowledgeable staff. The photography gallery at Bakewell visitor centre is free to browse and regularly has guest exhibitors. Castleton visitor centre also houses the local museum. Derwent visitor centre is well placed for you to explore the historic dams and Edale visitor centre is a gateway to the moorlands and the Pennine Way.