Britain's First National Park
PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY
In 1951 the Peak District Nation Park became Britain’s first National Park. Situated between Sheffield and Manchester the Peak District Nation Park lies at the Southern tip of the Pennines and is in the very heart of England. It covers an area of 1,438 kilometers (555 square miles) and is about the size of Greater London with 16 million people living within hour’s drive.
The Peak District National Park is a protected landscape because of its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, and the opportunities it provides for people to enjoy and learn about its special qualities. Shaped by nature and human activities over thousands of years the Peak District National Park provides a breathing space for millions of visitors and is home to around 38,000. The highest point of the Peak District National Park is on the moorland plateau of Kinder Scout at 636 meters (2,088feet) above sea level.
The Peak District National Park Authority look after the landscape and the Authority’s purpose is:
• To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area
• To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the parks' special qualities by the public
While carrying out these purposes it also has a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities within the National Park.
Visiting the Peak District National Park
Find out what the Peak District National Park has to offer and if you are planning a visit to the Peak District National Park why not contact one of its four visitor centre’s to find out more and enhance your visit.
The Kinder Mass Trespass took place on the Kinder plateau, in an area that is now within the Peak District National Park It was one event that helped lead to the creation of National Parks in Britain. To find out more about the history of the creation of National Parks and countryside access rights, go to the National Park’s Open Access timeline