MOORLAND CENTRE - EDALE
The former National Park, Fieldhead Centre at Edale has been replaced by the prestigious Moorland Centre, a new visitor and learning facility. Built at a cost of £1m the centre is roofed with sedum turf and heated from the earth and is the UK's first moorland research base. It was opened in September 2006, by the Duke of Devonshire who said: "In order to love these uplands properly we need to learn about them and educational facilities and functions are high on the list of priorities here and rightly so".
The centre is situated approximately a quarter of a mile distant from the railway station and village car park, on the main road to Edale. There are no car parking facilities available at the centre, apart from a limited amount of space reserved for camp site and disabled users only.
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Inside the spacious visitor centre, interactive exhibitions of interest to people for all ages have been set up. They explain why the Moors for the Future Project originated; to restore vast tracts of threatened habitat, and conserve its heritage. 'Listening posts' enable visitors to hear reminiscences of people who live and work on the moors, as well as those who use them for recreation.
The Peak District National Park Authority owns and operates the centre. The development of interpretative displays, tourism information and research is through partnerships with community, land management and moorland tourism interests. A covered walkway to a refurbished farmhouse links the visitor centre with the base for the Moors for the Future team, an 11-partner organisation, carrying out a £4.7m restoration of the Peak District moorland and blanket bog and developing expertise for sustainable management of moorlands into the future.
The visitor centre provides information on available accommodation, attractions, public transport, the Peak District National Park, the Pennine Way and details of local events. It also stocks a wide range of guide books, local maps and gifts.
It is surrounded by the popular Fieldhead camp site, which is open throughout the year and is listed in the top 50 camp sites in Britain by the Guardian.
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