Archive for the ‘Peak Park’ Category

Tissington Trail winter closures for tree felling work for ash dieback management

Sections of the Tissington Trail between Mapleton and Alsop-en-le-Dale will be closed during December 2022 to February 2023 as the National Park Authority undertakes tree felling operations for ash dieback.

The works are required to minimise the risk to trail users from weakened and potential falling trees affected by the disease. Much of the ash tree population of the Peak District is likely to be affected by ash dieback in the coming years, in particular in the White Peak area.

Many areas already affected by the disease have already been subject to felling operations.

Works along the Trail will only take place during weekdays, with weekends and school half-term periods unaffected and the Trail re-opened for use as normal.

Closures will happen in short sections with each area re-opening after felling is complete. An updated list of affected sections will be available on the Authority’s website and social media throughout.

The vast majority of the resulting timber and other material will be removed from the Trail. However, some small areas of habitat will be left to benefit wildlife. Replacement trees will not be planted, but natural regeneration will be allowed to take place. Routine safety and route management will be carried out where required.

A spokesperson for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Ash dieback sadly now has a firm grip in the Peak District, which is why the Authority and many other partners and organisations are undertaking felling works to tackle the impact of the disease.

“Our priority on the National Park’s popular trails network is to minimise the potential risk to trail users from trees within falling distance of the route. Taking comprehensive action now will reduce the need to return in the future and apply additional closures and disturbance to habitats.

“Whilst none of us wish to see the loss of wonderful native trees, we anticipate that felling along the trail routes will open up many of the dramatic views and vistas for visitors to enjoy that are not currently available due to existing tree cover.

“By only closing routes in sections and maintaining access during weekends and school holiday periods in the winter, we aim to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Visitors are being asked to observe all closures and not enter restricted areas at any time.

Smaller felling and ‘pollarding’ operations on ash trees will also take place around the Bakewell station area of the Monsal Trail, however this will not require closure of the route and access will be maintained.

The latest information can be found on the National Park Authority website at

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PDNPA Survey

We have received this from the NationalPark Authority.

Can you help the Peak District National Park Authority to set policy for the future of the National Park?

Climate change. Nature recovery. Sustainable communities. Low carbon transport.

These are just a few of the big ticket challenges the National Park is facing. The planning process is vital in addressing such issues and works best when local authorities, local communities and developers work together creating effective partnerships to achieve positive outcomes. Planning matters, this is why when we produce plans and policies, we ask everyone to take part in the consultation.

We are currently reviewing the Peak District National Park Local Plan. It is a plan for the future development of the local area which we write and implement in close consultation with you. We use the planning policies we develop in the Local Plan to make decisions on the hundreds of planning applications we receive each year. To make the right decisions we need your help to decide what goes into the Local Plan and that will guide development in the National Park over the next 20 years.

Please complete the survey at and find out more about the Local Plan review process, including timescales, background information and how to get involved.

Survey results will be published online. These will influence the next stage in the formal consultation, ‘Issues and Options’.

If you have any queries, please contact the policy team on

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National Park Authority confirms barbecues are not permitted anywhere in the open countryside of the Peak District National Park

Following a spate of damaging recent fires, the Peak District National Park has come together with its partners to announce that barbecues and open fires are not permitted anywhere in open countryside throughout the Peak District.

As landowner permission is required to light or tend a fire, the Authority has said that all major land owners and key landowner representatives within the Peak District have this week confirmed they do not give their permission and so barbecues and open fires are not allowed. The announcement follows a call from the National Park Authority on Monday 1 June for retailers across the region to voluntarily remove disposable barbecues from retail sale.

A record-breaking spring of prolonged sunshine, hot and dry weather and regular winds has created a perfect storm of conditions for fires in the open landscape. Within the last week, major blazes have taken place at Bamford Edge, Dovestone and Swineshaw. All are believed to have started from discarded or unattended barbecues.

Teams from the fire and rescue services, national park rangers, the Peak District Moorland Group, farmers and gamekeepers, water companies and conservation charities have all been involved in both  tackling the fires and speaking with the public having barbecues.

Major landowners – including the National Park Authority – have now come together to highlight the dangers of open fires in the landscape and leave the public in no doubt that items such as barbecues may not be used on access land or on footpaths in the Peak District:

  • Chatsworth Estate
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate
  • Haddon Estate
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Moorland Association
  • Moors for the Future Partnership
  • National Farmers Union
  • National Trust
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • Okeover Estate
  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Peak District Moorland Group
  • RSPB
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Tissington Estate
  • United Utilities
  • Yorkshire Water

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New Peak District archaeology book – Reading the Peak District Landscape
A new book has been launched to help people understand how the Peak District landscape has been shaped over thousands of years by past generations.

‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’ has been written by John Barnatt who, prior to his recent retirement, worked as the Senior Survey Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park Authority for 27 years. Throughout the 272-page book, John describes many of the area’s archaeological sites and landscapes, illustrated with colour photographs, maps, plans and drawings, to help explain how places in the Peak District have come to look the way they do today.

The book explores how people have lived and worked in the landscape, from scattered farmsteads to Medieval villages, and industrial sites from different ages, where lead, coal and stone have been mined and quarried. Prehistoric sites, Roman, Medieval, and remains from later periods, all feature in the book.

Author and archaeologist, John Barnatt said: “Wherever you look in the Peak District landscape you will find that it has been influenced in some way by people. Whether you’re looking at the pattern of walls around a village that preserve the Medieval strip fields, or at stone guide stoops and hollow ways on the moors that show ancient transport routes, these are cultural landscapes which allow us to feel a connection with our past.I hope that people reading the book will be inspired to look at what is around them in different ways and start to read for themselves the evidence they can see in the landscape.”

Publication of ‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’ has been supported by the Peak District National Park Authority and Historic England.

Peak District National Park Authority member with responsibility for landscape and heritage, Ken Smith said: “The Peak District landscape is beautiful and appreciated by millions for its wild-looking moorlands, panoramic views and gorgeous dales, but the views everyone enjoys are largely the result of how people have previously managed the land as well as now. It’s important to understand that the landscape contains traces of past activity from different periods and that helps tell its story. This wonderful book is the culmination of decades of research and it explores how many generations of people and communities – from prehistory to post-industrial times – have shaped the land. It is packed with interesting case studies that describe and interpret the Peak District through time, explaining and mapping the landscape.”

The paperback book ‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’, priced at £20 as an introductory offer (r.r.p. £30), is available to buy from National Park visitor centres at Bakewell and Castleton, and online at






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National Park Consultation

Thank you to Richard T for sending us the following:

Defra review of National Parks and AONBs

The Government has asked for an independent review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). You can find more about the work of the review and our Terms of Reference  Already the review team, led by Julian Glover and a panel with a range of experiences and interests, has carried out visits and meetings in many parts of England.

We will do more in the months ahead – but we want everyone to have a chance to contribute, whether you live in a National Park or AONB, run a business in them, enjoy visiting, care about landscapes and biodiversity, or represent an organisation with views that might shape and improve our findings. The questions (available as a list in the related documents section below) are a guide: please do not feel you must answer them all – or have to write at great length. We have not set a word length on answers, as we know some people and organisations will want to reply in detail on specific points. However, we ask that where possible you keep each individual answer to no more than 500 words. It is not necessary to reply to every question so please ignore those which you do not think relevant to you. You may find it easier to write your answers elsewhere before pasting them into the text boxes which follow.

Complete the review survey here

The closing date for submissions is 18 December

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New recycled surface for Tissington Trail during winter closure

A 1.4 mile section of the Tissington Trail we be closed temporarily from 7 December 2018, to allow surfacing and improvement works to take place.

The Peak District National Park Authority confirmed the section involved will run from the Thorpe Car Park, and end at Spend Lane Bridge. Works are expected to be completed by the end of February 2019.

The closure will see re-surfacing – including the use of 100% recycled, WRAP (Waste Protocols Project) approved aggregates, a widening of the route to support its multi-user status, and associated ditch and drainage works. The temporary closure will also allow tree safety management to take place.

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Operation FireWatch underway in the Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park Authority has implemented Operation FireWatch in collaboration with the Moors for the Future Partnership.Staff from the National Park, partner organisations and volunteers are in place at moorland vantage points throughout the National Park to look out for fires.

The hot, dry weather means that ground conditions on the moors are extremely dry and the risk of fire is high.Residents and visitors are asked to be extra vigilant to help prevent moorland and grassland fires.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “With the hot weather set to continue over the next few days, the risk of further fires is a real concern.We have implemented Operation FireWatch to keep a close eye on conditions on the moorlands and we are urging everyone to get involved by doing everything they can to help prevent fires starting.

“We have put fire risk warning notices at moorland access points to remind everyone of the dangers but we need people enjoying the moors to observe a few basic rules:

“Leave your barbecues and fire-pits at home. Don’t drop cigarette ends or matches. Take glass bottles and litter home with you. Don’t light fires or barbecues on or near moorland. Report fires immediately to the fire service by phoning 999.”

Fire-fighters have been tackling an extensive moorland fire in the north-west of the National Park, near Stalybridge, Tameside, since Monday (25 June) – some 2,000 hectares of moorland habitat has been destroyed. Working with fire-fighting team and other partners and moorland managers, the National Park Authority is providing staff, vehicles, supplementary equipment, logistics support and local access expertise in the hard to reach places.

Sarah Fowler added: “As we have already seen this week at Tameside, in these dry conditions moorland fires spread very quickly and are devastating to the landscape, lethal for wildlife and a threat to people and homes.

“It’s breeding season for nature at this time of year on the moorlands; we have birds nesting on the ground – plover, curlew and lapwing, insects such as the bilberry bumblebee, mountain hare and other mammals, and reptiles like the tiny common lizard. Many of these species are rare or under threat – it’s vital that we all do what we can to protect them and prevent any more fires breaking out.”

The fire at Tameside is the third moorland fire in the Peak District National Park in 2018. In May, around 40 hectares of moorland were destroyed at the Goyt Valley and five hectares of moorland were damaged by fire at Big Moor, near Baslow.

The Peak District National Park Authority and Moors for the Future Partnership are working closely together with partners, including moorland owners and managers, to assess the long-term risk of wildfires on the moors as part of a shared long-term vision for resilient, sustainable moorlands in the National Park.

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Historic Farm Building Grant

We have received this from the Peak Park:

Peak District National Park to share in £2 million pilot scheme to restore historic farm buildings
 The Peak District National Park is taking part in a £2 million pilot scheme to help farmers and land managers to restore historic farm buildings.

It is one of five National Parks to pilot the Historic Building Restoration Grant, which aims to save some iconic English farm buildings from falling out of use. The pilot is a partnership between Historic England, Natural England and the Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Dartmoor and Northumberland National Parks.

Peak District National Park advisors will be working with farmers and land managers to determine which buildings are most suitable to receive grants offering 80 per cent towards the cost of restoration. This could include roof repair, weatherproofing or other restoration works, allowing a building to be used again for farming purposes.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, said: “We are delighted that the significance of our traditional buildings is recognised in this scheme. Particularly in upland areas, these historic buildings are vulnerable to falling out of use. We look forward  to working with farmers and land managers to help them restore buildings that contribute so much to the landscape character of the National Park.We hope that this pilot scheme will be a success and will build a case for future funding to conserve more of these important buildings.”

Lord Gardiner, Defra minister for National Parks, said: “The British countryside, including those historic farm buildings that dot some of our most iconic landscapes, is a truly precious natural asset. I am delighted that we are able to open this new set of grants supporting the restoration of traditional farm buildings.”

Sir Laurie Magnus, chairman of Historic England, added: “Historic England warmly welcomes this scheme and its endorsement of the value and importance of traditional farm buildings. The partnership approach being piloted by Historic England, Natural England and upland National Parks will be of immense value in helping owners to maintain and conserve these buildings and to retain their significance for future generations.”


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Dog owners asked to keep pets under close control in countryside

Dog owners are urged to keep their pets on short leads to protect wildlife in the Peak District National Park. During the breeding season of spring and early summer, new-born lambs and ground-nesting birds, such as lapwing, curlew and snipe, are particularly vulnerable to harm from dogs roaming free or on long leads.

By law, dogs must be under control on public rights of way and on a short lead on open access land from March 1 to July 31. In fields containing farm animals and nesting birds, it is sensible to keep dogs on leads.

Peak District National Park access and rights of way manager Mike Rhodes said: “Walking a dog is one of the joys of being in the countryside, but we need all dog owners to keep their pets under proper control during this sensitive time, which usually means being on a short lead. Ground nesting birds are particularly at risk, while sheep and lambs can also be badly injured or killed by uncontrolled dogs. For its own safety, never let a dog approach or chase farm animals or wildlife – your dog could get kicked, trampled or lost and it could be legally shot for chasing farm animals. It is not a legal requirement to use a lead on public paths, but you should be extra vigilant in the breeding season and always use a lead if you can’t rely on your dog’s obedience.”

Dogs are not allowed at all on some moors to protect sensitive breeding sites – and signs will indicate this on site.

To report incidents involving dogs on farmland or moors, call the police on 101. To ask for signs to go up in problem areas, please contact Peak District National Park on 01629 816200 (weekdays).

More advice can be found in the Countryside Code at

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Have your Say

Last chance to have your say to help shape the Peak District National Park
People who care about the Peak District National Park and how it is managed are being asked to take part in the final round of public consultation on the National Park Management Plan 2018-2023.

The National Park Management Plan is a partnership plan for the place which lasts for five years. It describes for everyone what the main issues and priorities are whilst encouraging everyone to work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Peak District National Park, for the benefit of all.

People are being asked to comment on the revised special qualities, which are:
– beautiful views created by contrasting landscapes and dramatic geology;
– internationally important and locally distinctive wildlife and habitats;
– undeveloped places of tranquillity and dark night skies within reach of millions;
– landscapes that tell a story of thousands of years of people, farming and industry;
– characteristic settlements with strong communities and traditions;
– an inspiring space for escape, adventure, discovery and quiet reflection;
– vital benefits for millions of people that flow beyond the landscape boundary.

The six areas of impact people are being asked about are:
– preparing for a future climate;
– ensuring a future for farming and land management;
– managing landscape conservation on a big scale;
– a National Park for everyone;
– encouraging enjoyment with understanding;
– supporting thriving and sustainable communities and economy.

The consultation questions can be found at which will be live from 26 Feb.

The survey is open to all – it opened on 5 March and is available until midnight on 16 April, 2018.



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Extinct Plant Found in the Peaks


Extinct plant rediscovered in the Peak District National Park
A rare plant previously thought to be globally extinct has been rediscovered in the Peak District National Park.
Two small populations of the leek-coloured hawkweed, 62 plants in total, have been found flowering on the banks of the Monsal Trail, in Chee Dale.
Leek-coloured hawkweed flowers are yellow, similar to a dandelion but smaller. The plant gets its name because its leaves are the same chalky-green as the vegetable, leek.
The discovery of Hieracium subprasinifolium, to give the plant its botanical name, was made by Dr Tim Rich whilst collecting seeds for Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.
Dr Rich said: “Leek-coloured Hawkweed has not been seen in Derbyshire for over 60 years and is thought to have died out at its only other known world site in Staffordshire a few years ago, so I was very, very pleased to find these two small but healthy populations growing near the Monsal Trail. (more…)

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The Wonders of the Peak

Derbyshire County Council has sent the following information:

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery launches Wonders of the Peak
A brand new gallery and digital experience is set to open at our Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Wonders of the Peak − a journey through time and place − houses the museum’s collection of 1,200 Peak District artefacts collected over 125 years. The Wonder of the Peak website (opens in a new window) allows people to explore the collection digitally while visiting the Peak District, or from the comfort of their own home, or the library, using their smartphone, tablet or computer.
More than 75 volunteers were instrumental in the project. Their contribution included testing the digital content, collecting oral histories, laying out new displays and conserving and documenting artefacts. (more…)

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Trail resurfacing set to improve access in the Peak District National Park

More of the High Peak Trail will be widened and resurfaced this winter, improving safety and enjoyment for visitors to the Peak District National Park.

About 2.3km (1.5 miles) of the trail between Newhaven Crossing and Minninglow car park is being improved. Work will begin on Monday (23 January) with repairs scheduled for completion by 17 February 2017.

Use of this section of the trail will be restricted at times but will remain passable.

Parts of the trail on that section are just 750mm wide in places, which is not enough to accommodate walkers, cyclists and horse riders at busy times. The improvements will mean the trail is widened to a width of at least 3 metres.

Emma Stone, who manages the Peak District National Park trails, said: “This is a trail with a variety of users and widening it to a minimum of 3 metres should make the whole experience much safer and more enjoyable for everyone.’’

The work is part of a rolling programme to improve safety and accessibility on the traffic-free trails in the UK’s first and original National Park.

The High Peak Trail runs for 27 km (17 miles) from Dowlow, near Buxton, to High Peak Junction at Cromford. It follows the former route of the High Peak Railway line, which opened in 1831 to carry minerals and goods between the Cromford and Peak Forest canals. Following the closure of the line, the Peak District National Park bought the part of the route within its boundary in 1971 and turned it into a traffic-free trail. The section from Daisy Bank, Longcliffe, to High Peak Junction is outside the national park and owned by Derbyshire County Council.

For more information on the Peak District’s traffic-free trails, visit

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People can have their say on future planning policies in the Peak District National Park as part of a new consultation.

The Development Management Policies document forms part of the Local Plan for the UK’s first and original National Park and will guide all important decisions on the use of land and buildings including locally needed affordable housing, business and community facilities and conserving the distinctive character of the area.

The consultation began on 18 November and runs until 27 January 2017. It is the last formal stage to make representations and the focus of comments should be on the soundness of the plan and the process.

How to comment  (more…)

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Cyclists Survey

Call for cyclists to reveal their cycling habits in the Peak District National Park

Information is being gathered on the use of the following cycling routes that have been created through the Pedal Peak Phase II project:

• The Little Don Link – between Sheffield and the Trans Pennine Trail, via Stocksbridge and Langsett.

• The Staffordshire Moorlands Link – between Stoke and Leek via the Caldon Canal.

• The White Peak Loop – linking the Monsal Trail with Matlock, and the High Peak Trail with Buxton.

• The Hope Valley Link – linking Hathersage to Bamford.

The online survey opens on Monday October 12 and will be available until Monday November 23

Tim Nicholson, Peak District National Park transport policy officer, said: “We are interested in finding out how the project has affected cycling in and around the Peak District and would like cyclists to help us by completing the survey which asks about where and how they cycle in the area.

“This information will help us plan where more new routes could be introduced and will help provide evidence when we come to apply for funding for them.”

The survey results will form part of an evaluation report to be submitted to the Department for Transport in March 2016 on the success of the Pedal Peak II Project.

The Pedal Peak Phase II project won funding from the Department for Transport in 2013 to improve facilities for cyclists in and around the National Park. The project partners are the Peak District National Park, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Sheffield City Council and Staffordshire County Council.

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Business Funding


New Funding for Business Growth

Have you got an idea to grow your business ? Do you need funding to help you achieve that growth ?

Newly released funds from  LEADER and rural development funding via the Local Enterprise Partnerships (from DEFRA through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development ) could support your business to grow and create jobs.  The funds support investments in micro and small rural businesses – with small grants from LEADER available from £2.5k and larger grants from EAFRD from £35,000 up to approximately £140,000.

There will be series of workshops to fully brief you on the different funds and the eligibility requirements being held across the area during September.  Reserve your place as soon as possible on a workshop near you to find out more. Full details and booking links are on the Business Peak District events page. 

Derbyshire Dales – 18th September

Staffordshire – 21st and 22nd September

High Peak – 30th September

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, reserve your place today.

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Peak District woodlands to be sold

The Peak District National Park Authority is to sell a number of woodlands.

Six initial sites have been selected  –  Coronation Plantation, Nabb’s Quarry Wood, Newhaven Plantation, Shay Bends Wood, Slack Hall Wood and Wetton Wood.

Jane Chapman, assistant director at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Following a review of our properties, we have identified six woodlands to be sold now, with a similar number to follow later in the year.

“Having established or improved these woods – often by reclaiming former rubbish tips or quarry sites – then protected and maintained them over many years, we have fulfilled our primary objective as a national park. We now want to return these natural assets to the community, as we are reducing our liabilities at a time of budget reductions and would like to make the best possible use of the resources we have.

“The sales will allow us to focus on the protection, improvement and maintenance of our remaining woodlands.”

The Authority currently manages 120 woodlands, covering approximately 443 hectares of land. The portfolio has been acquired since the designation of the national park, with the aim of securing important landscape features, rescuing woodlands which were deemed to be under threat or in need of restoration. They were also acquired as part of major estates.

The first six woodlands to be sold are:

Coronation Plantation, Leadmill, nr Hathersage (1.14 hectares)
Bought in early 1970s by what was then the Peak Park Joint Planning Board to ‘maintain landscape stability’.

Nabb’s Quarry Wood, Wildboarclough area of SW Peaks ( 0.44ha)
Reclaimed from quarry land in early 1970s.

Newhaven Plantation, Newhaven on A515 (1.8ha)
Bought in 2005, partially felled and replanted.

Shay Bends Wood, on A623 Baslow to Calver road (0.8ha)
Woodland on banks of River Derwent.

Slack Hall Wood, nr Chapel-en-le-Frith on road to Winnats Pass (3.1ha)
Recent cutting completed at roadside site to pre-empt future traffic issues.

Wetton Wood, above village of Wetton, North Staffs (0.16ha)
Former rubbish tip, now walled and established broadleaf and conifer woodland.

The selling agents for the woodlands are Fisher German, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, tel 01530 412821.

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 Peak District National Park Authority

Dog-walkers urged to scoop the poop on Peak District trails

People who exercise their dogs on trails in the Peak District National Park are being asked to dispose of their dog’s waste responsibly.With the onset of spring more people are using the trails to enjoy fresh air, take exercise and experience the landscape. However life on the trails is being marred by a litter problem.

The Monsal Trail, High Peak and Tissington Trails are some of the most popular traffic-free trails in the Peak District, enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, as well as dog-owners exercising their pets.

Emma Stone, who manages the national park trails, said: “Most people are considerate to others and use the trails responsibly. Sadly there are a few that spoil things for the majority by leaving litter, including dog waste.”

In some places dog waste litters the surface of the trail and in others people have bagged it and thrown it into bushes and trees.

Emma explained: “It is unpleasant and unhealthy for people to visit areas affected by dog-fouling which is why we are working with Derbyshire Dales District Council to address the issue on the trails. District councils have legal powers to enforce the duty of dog owners to clear up after their animals on public land.

“We want people to follow the countryside code which asks everyone to leave no trace of their visit. There wouldn’t be a problem if everyone took personal responsibility for keeping the national park litter-free, and that includes bagging dog waste and disposing of it in the appropriate bin, or taking it home.”

The national park launched a short animated film recently to help people understand how to act responsibly in the countryside, which includes keeping dogs on leads and removing their waste

For more advice read the Countryside Code at

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Landmark decision on solar panels in Peak District National Park

National Park planners have given permission for an array of 600 solar panels to be installed on the ground at a Peak District farm.

This is the first time an application for ground-mounted photovoltaic panels has come before the national park planning committee.

Its members voted unanimously to approve the installation at Wetwood Farm, Meerbrook, because of its minimal impact on the surrounding landscape, and for its positive contribution to providing renewable energy to a local business.

Members of the committee had visited the site the day before and viewed it from a number of locations, including The Roaches. They were satisfied the panels’ installation on the ground, which is shielded from view by trees, would not be unduly intrusive.

Paul Ancell, chair of the Peak District National Park’s planning committee, said: “This is an important decision and one we have not taken lightly – we have to put the landscape first. In this case we believe the ground array of solar panels will not have a significant impact on the national park. So we are pleased to support this working dairy farm in reducing its carbon footprint.”

The approval was given with conditions: that the farmer ensures existing trees and shrubs are retained and more planted to continue to protect the site from long distance views. The panels will also have an anti-reflective finish to reduce any glare.

The planning committee considers every application on its own merits.

Mr Ancell added: “Every site has its own solution – what is acceptable here may not be appropriate in other locations. However, that said, this is a great example of how a farm business can achieve its ambitions with renewable energy in a way that does not harm the Peak District National Park.”

At the meeting, an application for a wind turbine at Pikehall Farm, Pikehall was refused to protect the landscape and uninterrupted views of the White Peak limestone plateau.

The application, made by Hartington Creamery Ltd., was turned down because the wind turbine would have been seen on the skyline spoiling the scenic beauty.

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Street View on the Trails

Peak District is first National Park to go live on Google Street View

 People can now take a tour of the Peak District National Park from the comfort of their own home.

In true pioneering spirit, the Peak District today (Thursday) became the first national park to be virtually accessible, opening its diverse landscapes to the digital world of Google Street View. People will be able to click and see the traffic-free trails at home, at work or even on the move.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, said: “It is our ambition that, by being on Google Street View, more people will enjoy the wonders of this protected and special landscape. Once people see it, I am sure they will be inspired to come and stay for a few days to explore first-hand what they have experienced online.

“The national park covers an area of 555 square miles so it was impractical to film every inch for people to view. Instead we have selected some of the highlights. These are the trail areas where we offer ranger-led walks, family activities and cycle hire and bike maintenance, so there are lots of ways for people to enjoy and experience what the national park has to offer.”

The Tissington, Monsal and High Peak trails are now all available online. The filming took place over the summer and was carried out by national park volunteers using the Google Trekker camera. The equipment is designed to capture 360 degree imagery in public locations. It was taken to locations the Google Street View car can’t reach.

Emily Clarke from Google said: “We’re excited that the Peak District will be using the Street View Trekker so more of us can experience its famous trails and views from wherever we are.”

The links to the locations are:
North Lees Link 1  Link 2

Monsal Trail Link 1  Link 2

High Peak Trail Link 1  Link 2

Tissington Trail Link 1  Link 2

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Saskia T pointed out to the Blog Team a petition on the campaigning website 38 Degrees entitled Stop Peak District Footpaths being upgraded for 4X4 & Motorbike use. If you are interested in seeing or signing the petition click on this link.

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Tree Felling

I should like to inform whoever anonymously reported me to the Peak Park for cutting down trees in my garden, that I have been visited by the Tree Officer and he is completely satisfied by the action I have taken to remove the trees. What a shame that the person concerned didn’t speak to me about the matter or indeed have the courage of their convictions and put their name to the complaint.

Fiona H

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Bletch Walk

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Get inspired in the Peak District National Park for photo competition

Teaching a child to ride a bicycle on the Tissington Trail, taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award challenge on the Peak District moors, practicing watercolour painting at Monsal Head – show people discovering the joys of national parks and you could win a national prize.

This year’s UK National Parks photo competition (April 14 to May 28) focuses on the young and the young at heart with the theme “Britain’s Breathing Spaces: Space to Grow.” Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to take part.

The photograph must be taken within one of Britain’s 15 national parks.  UK National Parks partner outdoor gear specialists Merrell are offering a prize of top-quality footwear for the best picture.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “When we think of the future and who will look after our National Park family in the decades and centuries ahead, we think of young people. We might think of the child catching his or her first fish, but there is, too, the grandparent who is teaching that child to fish and instilling a respect and love of our naturally beautiful landscapes.

“This year’s competition theme gives plenty of scope for some super images and I hope the Peak District’s talented photographers, both amateur and professional, are inspired to enter. A visit to the Photo Gallery inside Bakewell Visitor Centre, which shows magnificent work by a group of local professional photographers, is a good starting point for inspiration.”

For ideas on what to do in the Peak District National Park visit which has information on events and activities and more.

More information on the photo competition, including terms and conditions, are at The deadline for uploading entries is May 28.

The photographs must be of people getting inspired or actively enjoying themselves within one of the 15 UK National Parks – Brecon Beacons, the Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond & Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs or Yorkshire Dales.

The winner will receive his or her choice of footwear from outdoor expert Merrell. The competition is also supported by Natural Resources Wales, and Natural England.

The annual photo competition is part of a series of events culminating in National Parks Week, which takes place from July 28 to August 3.


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Dog-walkers asked to keep pets on leads in countryside

Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads to protect young farm animals and wildlife during the breeding season of spring and early summer.

Most responsible dog-owners would be horrified if their pets injured newborn lambs or chicks but farmers have already reported such incidents in the Peak District National Park over the past few weeks. Declining birds such as lapwing, curlew and snipe which nest on the ground are particularly vulnerable to harm from dogs roaming free or on long leads.

Tara Challoner, Peak District Wader Recovery Project officer said:

You may not always be aware that birds are present which can easily lead you into thinking that the moors and fields are great empty places, perfect for letting your dog have a good run around. However many of these birds are in very serious trouble and we need to do all we can to ensure that they are not lost from our countryside forever.


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How does the planning enforcement process work in the Peak District National Park?

National park planners have issued the Peak District Local Enforcement Plan to help people understand what to do if they receive a notice that their building work or change of use breaks planning controls, or if they want to report a suspected breach.

Andrew Cook, Monitoring and Enforcement Manager, explained: “The threat of enforcement action can be distressing, especially when it relates to your home or business, and the process can be difficult to understand, so we hope that the Local Enforcement Plan will help to make things clearer for those involved.

“It’s important to realise that the vast majority of planning breaches are relatively minor and resolved without formal action being taken, although we will take firm action when it is warranted.

“If you are planning to carry out building works or other developments we’d encourage you to work with our planners to prevent problems happening in the first place.  But if problems do occur we are always willing to talk to you to try to reach a resolution.”

The document explains what a breach of planning control is, how to report a suspected breach, the investigation process, criteria used to prioritise cases, in what circumstances the Authority takes action, and what powers it has.

The Peak District Local Enforcement Plan is available online at or paper copies are available free – call 01629 816200.

As well as investigating and seeking to resolve planning breaches, monitoring and enforcement officers selectively check sites where planning permission has been granted to see if they comply with the approved plans and conditions.

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Have your say on building design advice in the Peak District National Park

People are being asked their views on planning guidance for alterations and extensions to houses and on the design of shop fronts in the national park.

The Peak District National Park Authority is inviting members of the public and other stakeholders, such as local businesses, parish councils, planning agents, interest groups, statutory bodies, conservation organisations, to comment on two new design documents:

• Alterations and Extensions is detailed design guidance for householders and developers. It sets out the Authority’s approach to dealing with changes to doors, windows, rooflights and parking, as well as additions such as porches, garages and conservatories. (more…)

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The Peak Park Authority has organised the installation today of two new wooden signs in Parwich village to mark the route of the Limestone Way: one replacing a metal sign by Dam Farm and Japonica, and the other a new one by Hallcliffe gate.

The wooden signs look more fitting than the metal ones, though it prompts the query as to why there isn’t coordination between the Highways (County Council) and the Peak Park, with perhaps some consultation with the Parish Council, to have all the footpath signs matching.

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Peak Park looking for New Members

Applications invited for new Members of Peak District National Park Authority

People with specialist experience in landscape or cultural heritage are being sought to become new Members of the Peak District National Park Authority.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is inviting applications from suitably experienced people to be appointed to the Authority’s governing body by the Secretary of State. The deadline is November 22. (more…)

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Proposed planning reforms threaten national park, says Authority

The Peak District National Park Authority is appealing for exemption from Government proposals to allow farm buildings to be converted to housing, schools or nurseries without planning permission.

The Government is consulting planning authorities across England on its proposals to allow the conversion or demolition of farm buildings to create up to three houses or a state school or nursery without planning permission. It follows recent changes which already allow farm buildings to be converted into shops or offices, and for offices to be turned into homes, without planning permission. (more…)

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State of the Park

The Peak District National Park landscape is worth £426million to the local economy.

On an average August day, there are more visitors in the Peak District National Park than residents.

There are 10 times more sheep living in the Peak District National Park than people.

Published online by the Peak District National Park Authority, these statistics and much more information are now available in the new State of the Park report on The website has been designed for residents researching Neighbourhood Plans, people setting up a new business, farmers needing agricultural data, for teachers and schoolchildren doing projects, university students, conservation and recreation groups, visitors, local politicians – in fact, anyone with an interest in the Peak District National Park.

The web-based report contains information on agriculture, business, climate change, deprivation, economy, employment, housing, industry, nature conservation, population, tourism, transport, recreation and more.

It is structured around four themes of Landscape, Welcoming (tourism and recreation), Communities and Economy, to tie in with the National Park Management Plan

The State of the Park report contains interactive tables, graphs, maps and data that show interesting elements about the national park, from broadband coverage to light pollution maps and much more.

For more information contact Amanda Nevett, Research and Policy Programme Manager, Peak District National Park Authority, 01629 816370

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Tudor Fun Day

Chance to step back to the time of Henry VIII

Families can step back from the 21st century to the time of Henry VIII by joining the Great Tudor Farming Day in the tranquil Dove Valley on Saturday July 6.The outdoor event, from 11am to 4.30pm at the Dove Valley Environmental Centre, Under Whitle Farm near Longnor, will take people back to 1537 to share the daily lives of the Horobin family.

Children can dress in Tudor outfits and try their skills at spinning, weaving, farming, gathering vegetables and herbs, cooking and making reed lights as our 16th century ancestors would have done. Families can watch a re-enactment of skulduggery at Upper Whitle Farm, meet a Tudor quack (doctor), discover how to research local history, write with a quill and learn the secrets of the Tudor landscape and wildlife.

Peak District National Park ranger Lynn Burrow, who helped organise the event, said: “We want to open up a different world and show people what life was like for a Peak District farming family during the time of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

“Children can become part of an oxen plough team, and everyone can try their hand at dry hedging, archaeological exploration and Tudor dancing.”

The event is co-ordinated by Elspeth Walker of the Dove Valley Environmental Centre and run mainly by volunteers. Although free, donations are invited to help cover costs.People should bring a packed lunch (drinks will be available), and clothing suitable for a day outdoors including wellies in case of wet ground.

The postcode for the Dove Valley Centre is SK17 0PR, or ordnance survey map reference SK107 305 (between Longnor and Sheen), tel: 01298 83282.

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On Your Bike!

Get on your bicycle for Bike Week

Families, friends and individuals are encouraged to take to two wheels in the Peak District to celebrate National Bike Week, June 15 to 23.

Cycling is a fun activity for all ages and abilities and you don’t have to own a bike to join in. Hire a bike for half price at the National Park Authority’s cycle hire centres at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay, Monday to Friday, June 17 to 21. Opening times and addresses at

Swapping regular car journeys for cycling saves on fuel costs, improves fitness and is good for the environment. For people cycling to work there is useful advice at

Local events during Bike Week include: (more…)

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The Peak Park Authority has adopted new guidelines on sustainable building in the National Park (click here for the Supplementary Planning Document). It is not a quick read, but does contain guidelines for traditional and historical buildings, for new builds and for low-carbon/renewable energy, as well as flood risk and drainage. Anyone planning building work or considering more sustainable energy use should read it.  (more…)

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Given the number of keen photographers in our midst, perhaps some ot them might consider guesting at this gallery?

New gallery shows the Peak District through the camera lens

Pictures by some of the finest local photographers are featured in a new gallery highlighting the special qualities of the Peak District National Park.The gallery, upstairs at Bakewell Visitor Centre in the Old Market Hall, showcases the Peak District national park’s finest views including iconic landscapes, farm animals, wildlife and plants.

The new, permanent display space has been created by the Peak District National Park Authority not only to highlight the beauty of the area but to support a newly formed group of local professional landscape and wildlife photographers in selling their work. The photographers are: Ian Daisley, Graham Dunn, Karen Frenkel, Chris Gilbert and Alex Hyde. (more…)

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This year’s ‘National Parks: Actively Yours’ photography competition is now running (18th March to 26th April). Click here for more information or continue reading.

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Photo competition entrants can seek inspiration at the new Photo Gallery in Bakewell Visitor Centre, showing the work of a group of local professional photographers.


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Hartington Trail



Hartington’s town crier will summon people to the village pump on Saturday March 30 at 2pm to announce the launch of a new Village Trail.

Peak District National Park Authority chair Tony Favell and Hartington Parish Council will unveil new information panels, while leaflets, local history displays, tea and cakes and a Village Trail prize draw will be available from 12noon to 4.30pm in the Village Hall.

Villagers themselves got together to help create the new Village Trail that leads visitors back in time and encourages them to support local businesses for the future.The trail leaflet features a self-guided map, illustrations by local schoolchildren, and 11 points of interest put together by community groups, exploring the village’s rich heritage from the 1200s to the present day.Aimed at families, adults can enjoy the fact-packed potted histories, and children, led by “Detective Duck,” can test themselves on a treasure-trail of questions. (more…)

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Solar Panels in the Park


The Peak Park Authority, in consultation with the other National Parks, has issued a pamphlet on the design and siting of solar panels for the National Park (click on the image to the right to see the leaflet on line).

For an overview of alternative energy sources click here for Jane B’s excellent review.

Do note that for most domestic buildings solar panels are permitted development and do not need planning consent. However for listed buildings planning will be required, so this leaflet should be very helpful.

For more information on the Peak Park’s guidance (more…)

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New pre-application advice service from national park planners

The Peak District National Park Authority is introducing a new pre-application advice service for people considering development of their property or land. The service, which includes appointments with allocated planning officers, will improve on previous ‘drop-in’ sessions when only general information could be given. From  February 18, people who need advice should initially contact the Authority’s Customer Service Team on 01629 816200 or


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This Business Peak District event is for local employers interested to find out more about Work Place Pensions, HMRC “Real Time” Information, Broadband, Personnel (HR).

Where? – Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Ashbourne DE6 1DR
When? – Wednesday 30 January 1.00 – 17.00pm

What?You may not want to but you know you have to… It’s arriving to your business soon … Come and find out all about Work Place Pensions, HMRC “Real Time” Information, Broadband, Personnel (HR) top tip.


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