Planning your visit

Summer strolls through heather rich moorlands

Before venturing into the Peak District, please check all the information on our websites, have a look for any further updates on our Peak District National Trust social media channels and research the area you are travelling to and get yourself familiar with the lay of the land. To help keep people safe, many local facilities, shops, cafes, restaurants and communities may be operating in very different ways so please be patient, considerate and respectful.

Check the weather forecast

The weather across the Peak District, as we all know too well, can be very unpredictable so please make sure you have packed a bag for all weathers and choose sensible and suitable footwear for exploring the great outdoors. So, whether it’s a day for sun cream and sunnies or boots and bobble hats, make sure you and the others you are with, are prepared for whatever the weather may bring.


Lunch with a view

Picnics are the ideal way to enjoy the stunning views and scenery the countryside has to offer but please remember to take all litter home with you to keep those views you love unspoilt, unpolluted and safe for wildlife and for everyone. Outdoor cooking equipment (BBQs, campfires, gas cookers/BBQs) are not permitted anywhere in the Peak District National Park and any countryside or coastal properties. Remove the hassle and planning from your life and simply opt for a stress free portable picnic that frees you up to enjoy the dramatic scenes across the Peak District at your own pace and leisure, plus who doesn’t enjoy that empty backpack feeling when you’ve eaten all that lovely food. Click here for some delicious recipes you can try at home and then pack for your picture perfect picnic.

Car parks

Many of our countryside car parks are small and have a limited capacity so please consider this before setting off. Please do not park anywhere else other than designated car parks and be respectful of our local communities and farm tenants. For updates on how busy car parks are across the Peak District National Park please click here for the Car Park Status system which uses the red, amber, green alerts; this also gives an indication of how popular certain areas are or where the quieter spots may be that particular day. For National Trust car parks in the Peak District, you don't need to book but please be aware that spaces can become limited on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.

Looking after the places you love

In these uncertain times, the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park, is a place where people can pause, reflect and unwind. As a conservation charity, our incredible teams across the various National Trust Peak District sites, are working relentlessly to look after the places that we all love. We please ask that visitors be mindful, patient and considerate when visiting our outdoor properties and that everyone who visits continues to be #peakdistrictproud