Statement from the Peak District National Park Authority Chief Executive, Sarah Fowler:
“Following changes to the government’s Covid-19 guidance on travel for exercise earlier this month, we have seen the public drawn to the Peak District to re-connect with the outdoors.
“Sitting at the heart of the nation and with so many communities on our doorstep, it remains important that people do not rush back to provide our national park with the space and time to offer a warm welcome when all our visitor and hospitality facilities can open once again.
“I ask those who do choose to explore our landscapes – perhaps for the first time – to do so with respect. For the people and wildlife that call it home and for each other as we continue to reduce the spread of the
We’ve all had it tough, and some really simple actions done well right now will help us all benefit from the beauty, nature and history of our National Park:
- No BBQs or naked flames – this is especially critical with the current prolonged warm and dry spell we are experiencing, which brings with it an increased risk of wild fire.
- Take home what you bring – our national park rangers and partner agencies are increasingly being confronted by large amounts of litter, when their time and resources could be focused on ensuring others have a safe and enjoyable experience in the Peak District.
- Park safely and be flexible – if car parking spaces are full, then seek somewhere else less busy. Our recently-launched car park alert system will help to advise visitors on areas that are already busy and crowded, and within its first week, the information has reached more than 200,000 people.
- If an area feels too crowded, it is too crowded – make sure you maintain that all -important social distance as we all need to do our bit to further reduce infection rates and minimise the spread of Covid-19.
“I also want to express my thanks to both visitors and local communities who are going the extra mile to keep their favourite routes and places free of litter, the messages we have received on our social media show that for many, being #PeakDistrictProud remains as strong as ever.
“These unprecedented times have brought home for many the importance of spending time outdoors being active, healthy and connecting to nature, whether we live in towns or cities or the smallest of Peak District villages. It is vital we respect this inter-connectivity between us all so the Peak District can be a safe home and offer a safe welcome.
“Respecting and protecting the Peak District National Park is a responsibly that lies with each and every one of us so we can enjoy our access together.”