# Special Qualities
The Peak District National Park was designated because it exhibits a range of special qualities, which are nationally, and frequently internationally significant. At the heart of the statutory purposes of the Peak District National Park is the need to document and clearly express these special qualities, their status and their condition. Defining the special qualities helps to manage and plan for the Peak District National Park in order to protect them.
The summaries of the special qualities listed below are in no particular order. They should be read as an integrated set rather than in isolation. The full text describing the special qualities can be found in the appendix at section 6.
Dramatic topography, steep slopes and climatic conditions which support a variety of habitats and associated species.
Tranquil experiences exploring open moors and deep dales with their sense of wild remoteness and dark skies.
Landscapes that tell the story of human history from Stone Age people all the way through to today’s land managers.
Settlements and the people that live in them that are integral to the landscape, representing past and present communities, traditions and cultures.
An unrivalled setting for finding adventures and escaping everyday pressures so people can recharge drained batteries and enjoy healthy and active lifestyles.
Many benefits extend beyond the Peak District National Park boundary to positively impact on people who may never visit and may be unaware of its existence.