It is significant that house prices within the National Park remain high and therefore not affordable to many. However it is the intention of the National Park Authority to ensure tat affordable homes are built and thereby create new homes for local residents. In 1994 the Authority agreed that home building on new sites would be made available only to local people which resulted in property prices dropping by around a third. In support of this and in order to retain the natural beauty of the Park itself the Authority provides guidelines on designs and locations in which residential and business developments are allowed.
In addition to the above the National Park provides business development thereby supporting the local economy through it. Currently significant employment is provided by tourism, manufacturing, farming and quarrying. As an aside about 25% of the local population is self employed, which is twice the average compared with the rest of the country. It should not come as a surprise that tourism is the largest employer equating to almost a quarter of the available employment. However it is also noteworthy that the National Park has one of the lowest unemployment rates.
Exploring some of Britain’s most breathtaking natural scenery is a refreshing experience. With the sunshine beating down from a gloriously blue sky it is a little hard to imagine that global warming is changing the environment in which we live, at least not yet as far as the Peak District is concerned.
Accommodation in any of the National Parks of the United Kingdom is usually well served by assorted hotels located within the region and the Peak District is no different. Peak District hotels are well equipped, include all modem facilities and are usually located within walking distance of the spectacular scenery. However if staying at a Peak District hotel does not sound sufficiently natural then several caravan or camping sites are also available.
In order to enjoy your vacation in the Peak District to the full visitors are recommended to take advantage of the Ranger guided walks and events as these are designed to provide information and entertainment that will make your stay a memorable one.
In an arena of travel and vacations that is increasingly overcrowded by an attractive variety of options, the Peak District remains a stalwart of British beauty and serenity that undeniably offers its many thousands of annual visitors an opportunity to relax in a rural atmosphere that is seemingly disappearing. However the Peak District will, like many other National Parks hopefully retain its natural beauty and with that its wildlife and cultural heritage for many years to come in order that visitors may enjoy its many attractions.