The South West Peak is an untamed area of upland and associated foothills in the south west part of the Peak District National Park. It is bounded by the distinctly different limestone landscapes of the White Peak to the east, the extensive lowlands of the Cheshire and Staffordshire plains to the west and the Churnet Valley to the south. To the north are the more industrial landscapes of the Dark Peak Western Fringe.
This is a diverse landscape with high moorland flanked by sloping land and defined by cloughs that broaden into more lowland pastoral landscapes. The strong contrast between the upland and lowland landscapes creates a distinctive sense of place for the individuals who live and work here.
The high moorland landscapes are dominated by wild exposed blanket bog and heathland which has, in places, been enclosed by gritstone walls, often into large parcels.