FAQs - Fires and Barbecues


As a national park we want people to enjoy their visit. It is a very special place that we all love. So when visiting it please help us protect and care for it.

Accidental summer fires are potentially the single biggest threat to the fragile ecosystem of the Peak District moors. Since 1976 there have been over 350 reported incidents of 'wildfires' of which the majority are commonly started by arson, discarded cigarettes, barbeques and campfires. In the summer months the moors are particularly vulnerable to the risk of wildfire, and special care should be taken not to start any fire during this period. Because of this, we ask you not to take barbecues onto the moors.
Even though it is a national park most of the land is privately owned so depending what you want to do on your visit you might need the landowners permission. As a precious place we all need to think about the impact our visit has, to think how can we keep this beautiful and stunning place safe, how can we leave no footprint from our visit? 

Here's how you can help:

  • If you are planning a barbecue make sure you have permission from the landowner.
  • Before you light your barbecue check the ground, if it is dry then be extra careful, don’t let your fire get out of control.
  • Fire can damage the landscape for years not to mention killing wildlife and their homes so don’t take risks and be vigilant.
  • Be extra careful with anything that can start a fire like; cigarettes, matches, lighting fuel or even glass. 
  • Keep portable barbecues off the ground placing them on a flat boulder or stone, this protects the ground underneath preventing long term damage.
  • Choose a nice spot away from overhanging trees, dry leaves, plants, or wood.
  • Always keep water nearby where you can reach it if needed.
  • When your visit is nearing its end and you’re thinking about going home, just take 5 minutes to make sure the barbecue is out and cold.
  • And having taken your final look at the magnificent view don’t forget to pack up all your litter; the barbecue, coals, ash, empty plastic bottles crisps packets – it’s all rubbish that belongs in a bin.

Stay safe and help the national park by visiting places in and around the national park that provide barbecue facilities:

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