Peak District National Park State of the Park

Landscape Character

The Peak District National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes including broad open moorlands, more intimate enclosed farmlands and wooded valleys. This variety of landscapes is one of the reasons the area was designated as a national park.  

The landscapes have been shaped by variations in geology and landform and the long settlement and use of these landscapes by people. Today’s landscapes have a rich diversity of natural and cultural heritage and this diversity is enjoyed by local communities and visitors.

Current Trends

In 2005, 85% of visitors mentioned scenery/landscape as a reason for visiting. 98% of Residents in 2012 stated that scenery/landscape ‘makes the Peak District National Park a special place’.

The landscapes of the Peak District National Park have been mapped, with eight landscape character areas representing broad areas of landscape which share a common identity.

Figure 1: Click here to see a detailed online map of the Landscape Character Areas

Figure 2: Regional Character Area Map


The landscape continues to evolve in response to economic influences at local, regional, national and international level. Monitoring Landscape Character change is difficult as this encompasses many variables.

More up to date information about visitor perceptions and attitudes to scenery and landscape as the latest data is now 8 years old (2005 Visitor Survey).

External Links

Landscape (National Park Management Plan) ****