Planning an outdoor event: Event Zone Maps

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While planning your route please use these Event Zone Maps to guide where and at what time of year your event should cause least disturbance. Once you have prepared your mapped routes you can discuss the details with us using the application process.

The National Trust looks after a lot of land in the Peak District that is sensitive due to the special habitats or species that occur there. As a result, some of our land also has special national and international designations that protect it from damage. Places like the High Peak Moors and Dovedale are protected by their status as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and may have special European designations protecting habitat and certain species ((Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas for Birds (SPA)). Places can be more or less sensitive at different times of year.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000 (CRoW) gives individuals the ‘right to roam’ in open country as defined on Ordinance Survey maps. However, the CRoW Act does not override these special land designations, nor does it allow for events to take place which may cause damage to the designated features.

To help plan your events and reduce the potential impact of events on these special places, we have developed a set of Event Zone Maps. These maps are to be used as a guide to plan your event. They do not provide any consent or permission from the National Trust or Natural England.The Event Zone Maps have been developed in consultation with Natural England. We have considered the impact of typical events in the three main seasons of the year, wet season, dry season and bird breeding season, whilst considering the potential impact on the different legal designations.

  • Bird breeding season - 1st March to 31st July: During this period many birds of conservation concern use the moors to breed, but other habitat like woodlands are also very sensitive to disturbance.
  • Wet season - typically around November until March but variable from year to year: Some habitats, especially blanket bog, are most at risk.
  • Dry season - typically August until November but variable from year to year: Often the most resilient time of year outside of bird breeding season.

Each map uses a colour code to highlight four categories:

  • Preferred indicates low impact.
  • Limited Numbers (events or participants) are areas where we will use our discretion to determine impact of an event.
  • Dissuade are areas/routes where we would prefer events or activities did not take place.
  • Out of bounds are areas/routes where we do not want events or activities taking place.

Please use the Index maps to first identify which Event Zone Maps you will need, then download the appropriate individual map(s) as pdf documents. 

Index maps (Dark Peak, Longshaw/Eastern Moors and White Peak):

Index map Dark Peak (PDF / 0.7MB) download

Index map Longshaw (PDF / 0.5MB) download

EM index zone map (PDF / 3.3MB) download

Index map White Peak (PDF / 0.8MB) download