This is an archived website, available until June 2027. We hope it will inspire people to continue to care for and protect the South West Peak area and other landscapes. Although the South West Peak Landscape Partnership ended in June 2022, the area is within the Peak District National Park. Enquiries can be made to

The 5-year South West Peak Landscape Partnership, 2017-2022, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Project summary

The Better Outside project worked to improve visitor experiences throughout the South West Peak countryside. This wide-reaching project had a goal of improving access in a number of areas for people dealing with health or mobility issues to be able to enjoy the outdoors.

As part of the project two walking routes in the Goyt Valley were upgraded to make them accessible for all visitors. The route along the eastern shore of Fernilee Reservoir was resurfaced and new benches installed, thanks to grant funding from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund and United Utilities.

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What we did

  • Improved access to areas of exceptional natural beauty to boost opportunities for more people to enjoy the area's health benefits
  • Educated people about the natural and cultural heritage of the South West Peak
  • Integrated with the Peak District National Park Miles without Stiles programme; which seeks to open up the outdoors to those with physical limitations
  • Repaired and improved existing trails in the South West Peak for all users. This included fixing potholes and resurfacing selected routes
  • Enabled easier access for people's quiet enjoyment


Learn more about how to have fun in the great outdoors responsibly!

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Increasing access to, and use of, good quality natural environments can help improve health.

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Our partners

  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • United Utilities