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Tourism in the Peak District National Park

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Tourism in the peak district national park- case study, MEDC The peak district national park introduction The peak district is in the north of England and is the oldest national park in Britain. The park has two main areas; * The white peak, mostly in the south is a large plateau of carboniferous lime stone * To the west and north lie the dark peaks, a highland area which is more than 609m above sea level, covered by a layer of sand stone In 1951, the Peak District National Park became the first National Park in Britain. It covers 1438 square kilometres (555 square miles) of beautiful countryside from high (636m) windblown moorlands in the north to green farmland and tranquil dales in the south. The diversity of habitats and wealth of wildlife they support make the region of international importance What are the attractions of the national park? * Honey- pot sites like certain villages * The scenery is of outstanding beauty * Boating, fishing and water sports * Cycling, riding. Hang gliding and four-wheel motoring * Sense of remoteness, quite enjoyment of nature * Unique biodiversity * Distinctive character of buildings and settlements * Historic buildings, gardens and parks * Easy accessibility from surrounding areas, ...read more.

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* maximise local social and economic benefits. The parks sustainable tourism strategy is; 1. to increase visitor spend and maximise the local benefits of that spend 2. to encourage visitors to stay longer 3. to encourage visits throughout the year 4. to attract new visitors (with potential spending power) where appropriate 5. to reduce dependency on the car when visiting the area 6. to deliver for local people and not just visitors 7. to conserve the landscape, including the towns and villages, and their special qualities 8. to enhance visitor enjoyment and understanding of the market towns and rural areas 9. to ensure that the traditional enjoyment of the Peak District will be more accessible to a wider range of people 10. to encourage best use of existing resources Benefits of tourism * More tourist related jobs and contribution to the economy * Increased income * Increased local services * Encouragement to preserve historic buildings and sites * Continuation of traditional crafts * Tourists come to local charity events and spend money Problems with tourism * Footpath erosion * Many valuable eco-systems like water meadows and moorland areas have been harmed * Archaeological features lost due to changes in farming conditions i.e. ...read more.

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has been devised by the Peak District National Park Transport Forum to control visitor traffic over the next 20 years. * The Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership aims to encourage the use of buses and trains within this popular valley. Work includes publicity and marketing, enhanced service levels, special events, walks and local arts promotions Footpath management; * The Pennine Way, the most popular long distance path and with the greatest erosion problems, has been paved for most of its length within the Park. This has prevented further erosion and has led to the re-vegetation of previously eroded peat. * Dovedale is a honeypot area where the footpath through the dale can be used by up to 1,000 people an hour. A better path has been constructed to cope with this heavy pressure. * A Local Countryside Access Forum has been set up to explore how the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 can be implemented in the Peak District with the potential to open up a further 18000ha of land for public use. Ranger services; * The Peak District National Park Authority Ranger Service provides information and advice to visitors and local communities and resolves immediate problems created by visitor pressure. The Rangers carry out practical countryside work and provide rescue services. Conservation Volunteers help with wildlife conservation and practical maintenance. ...read more.

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