Our Peak District Environmental Quality Mark
In 2023 we were awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (PDEQM), for our work protecting the local and global environment, supporting the local economy, and investing in people and communities across the Peak District National Park.
We care deeply about the beautiful, natural environments across all the environments we are fortunate enough to share with you. It is vital they remain thriving, sustainable communities with a strong local economy.
To support local sustainability, we:
- Offer free car lifts, where possible, to our walk areas from rail and bus stations – to reduce car usage
- Take small groups out into environmentally sensitive areas, ‘leaving no trace’ as we walk
- Follow and promote The Countryside Code, and guidance offered by National Park Authorities
- Share our knowledge of fragile upland environments including their local plants, animals, insects, birds and geology
- Share our knowledge of local history culture and heritage
- Promote local accommodation, attractions, hospitality, catering, events, and activity suppliers
- Undertake our administrative work on-line to reduce use of paper and consumables, recycling any waste that occurs
- Ensure we support local and national charities as part of our Charitable Donations
How can you help make a difference?
When planning your guided walks:
- Consider traveling by public transport. We offer free car lifts, where possible, to our walk areas from rail and bus stations. Contact Us to find out more.
- Respect The Countryside Code leaving gates as you find them and taking all your litter home with you
- Never pick wild flowers or take rock samples – take pictures instead
- Don’t climb dry-stone walls, they fall down easily and take a long time to repair
- Keep to rights of way on private ground. Keep to paths on Access Land during the breeding season, respecting any closures and restrictions.
- Consider buying outdoor clothing at local retail outlets. Or taking home produce, food, art and crafts souvenirs from local shops
- Use water and power sparingly in your accommodation – switch lights off and turn the heating down whenever possible
- Recycle your rubbish before you leave or take it home – dispose of batteries at proper disposal points.
When you get home:
- Feel free to Contact Us and let us know how you think we are doing – share your ideas for further reducing environmental impacts and sustaining local communities.
- Tell your friends about the wonderful countryside, history, and folklore and share your photos and thoughts on our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn. Or our Google Review page.