National Parks Extension

Good news for Lake District lovers – there now might be even more of the Lakes to explore! A lot of you may have heard of the plans to extend the National Parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. If carried through, the boundaries of the two parks would meet in the Westmorland area, and the Lakes would be expanded to the south to cover the Sizergh Fell and Lyth Valley.

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A view of Borrowdale, an area currently to the East of the Lake District National Park, which would be incorporated under the new scheme.

Natural England agreed to plans to add a collective 162 sq miles to the Parks and there has been an extremely positive public response. The campaign has been supported by the Friends of the Lake District¬†and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The CPRE’s President, and former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, said that the plan was “an oppertunity to right an historic omission” in the delineation of National Park boundaries

Map showing proposed boundary changes to national parks. Image c/o

Conferring the status of National Park on the areas in consideration would not only help protect the landscape and wildlife of some of the most beautiful areas of the country, but would also provide a much-needed boost to rural economies.

The plans, however, have caused some concern amongst the local authorities of the areas being expanded, and those that would be expanded into, and to this end, a public inquiry has been instigated. Read about it here.