Tourism in the Peak District

Case Study outlining the costs and benefits of tourism in the Peak District.

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Created 1951.
Most visited, close to Manchester and
30million visits a year, mainly by car
It covers 1438 square kilometres
Benefits of Tourism
500 full-time jobs
350 part-time jobs
100 seasonal jobs
Income for; farmers' caravan and camping sites, local B&Bs, self-catering cottages
Local shops, honeypots ­ Castleton.
Tourism encourages preservation of historic buildings; restoring Caudwell Mills, traditional crafts
Problems of Tourism
87% visits by car ­ overcrowded car parks, blocked roads, overstretched facilities.
Heavy use of major footpaths eroded, as well as from off-road vehicles and mountain bikes.
Disturbance to wildlife ­ mosses, lichens damaged by wall-climbers; moorland birds.
Damage to farmland ­ trampled grass = less
winter feed for farm animals; farm animals
killed by loose dogs.
Local community feel pushed out when gift
shops etc are more popular and used than local
`everyday' shops.
Possible Solutions
Promoting quiet recreation activities.
Promote event spread of visitors over year.
Increase number of staying visitors ­ spend
more money.
Reduce visits by car, encourage public
Promote understanding of qualities of Peak
Maximise local and social benefits.
Main conflict based on tourism.
Natural England

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The main purposes of the Peak District National Park Authority are:
To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National
To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities.
Inevitably there are situations whereby people either living, visiting or working in the Park wish to
use the land for activities that contradict these purposes.…read more


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