Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Visitor Survey 2005

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The Peak District is one of the most popular National Parks in the world. But who visits, why and what do they do while they are here?

During 2005 almost 30,000 people were asked about their visit.

Here are some of our main findings:

Who visited?

  • People of all ages visited although fewest were aged between 16 and 24
  • There were similar numbers of male and female visitors
  • People from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds visited, though the majority were white British
  • Just over half of visitors were employed, one fifth were retired and just under one fifth were students
  • Average group size was three people
  • Fewer than one in 30 people had a mobility problem. Almost one group in 10 included a person with a mobility problem
  • Families made up just over half of the groups but only one group in five included a child
  • One group in seven brought a dog

When did they visit?

  • People visited throughout the year. There were generally fewer visitors during the winter
  • Half visited at least every three months
  • Fewer than one in 10 had never been to the Peak District before
  • Most visited on a Saturday or Sunday

Why did they visit?

  • Almost everyone came to see the scenery and about half to enjoy the peace and tranquillity
  • Around half visited because they had been before and over a quarter because they lived locally

What did they do?

  • Most people travelled by car or van with an average of three people
  • The most popular activity was walking. Other activities including climbing, cycling and sightseeing
  • On average people spent £9.65 during their visit, although one in three did not spend anything
  • One in three visited more than one location during the day

How long did they stay?

  • A quarter of visitors spent at least one night away from home and half stayed in the National Park
  • The most popular types of accommodation were caravan or camping, a hotel or staying with friends or relatives
  • For each day of their visit most people stayed less than three hours in the National Park

What did they think about their visit?

  • 99% enjoyed their visit and 97% said they were likely to return

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Complete report (3.6MB) PDF

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