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Frequently asked questions

Who owns the Lake District National Park?

Our model for running a national park is not based on public ownership and people are often surprised to learn the National Park Authority owns less than four per cent of land in the Lake District.  The rest is owned by organisations such as the National Trust, United Utilities, Forestry Commission and other private landowners.

For more information see Land ownership in the Lake District page.

What times are the Park open?

The Lake District National Park is open to the public at all times. There are no gates or barriers barring entry to the National Park. Come and visit! Check out our popular visiting section for all you need to know when planning a trip to the English Lakes.

How can I book accommodation in the Lake District?

You can book places to stay using our accommodation search tool. Book online and help the National Park - the commission we receive from your booking will go towards keeping this landscape special for future generations.

If you have a technical problem with the online accommodation booking process please email helpdesk@guestlink.co.uk or call 0844 209 25555 (calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company's access charge). Open 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday).

How can I find out public transport times?

Call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge) or visit their website www.traveline.info. For more information on travelling around the Lake District, please click here.

What is there to do in the Lake District?

Please take a look at the things to do section on our website.

What events are there in the Lake District this month / year?

We hold numerous events and guided walks in the Lake District and many are free. Alternatively take a look at our country shows and festivals page.

What would you recommend for someone new to the Lake District?

Take a look at our beginners' taster page which may be very helpful for your first visit to the Lake District.

Where can I have a BBQ?

To have a BBQ in the Lake District you must have permission of a landowner to BBQ on their land. You also need to make aware of the following:

  • Do not have a barbeque in areas where there is a danger of inadvertently setting fire to grass, heather or woods, especially after a few days of dry weather. Be aware of sparks.
  • ‘Proper’ barbeques are preferable to disposable ones
  • If a disposable barbeque is used, make sure it’s propped up on something heat-proof such that it won’t scorch the ground (or picnic bench)
  • Make sure the charcoal is fully extinguished and cold after use
  • Take all charcoal, litter etc away with you and don’t discard it on site.
  • Use locally produced charcoal if possible.

Can I go wild camping in the Lake District?

Legally wherever you camp you must have the permission of a landowner to camp on their land. For more information please visit the wild camping webpage on our website.

How do I pay for my parking in pay after stay car parks?

Some of our car parks are camera operated, and are managed by a company called Park With Ease. These car parks are pay when you leave.

Where can I fly my drone?

Please take a look at the drones page on our website.

Where / how can I register my boat?  

All powered boats on Windermere need to be registered and you need a permit for any boat on Bassenthwaite Lake (powered or not).

To register on Windermere, please visit our Windermere Registration section to find our prices and other essential information.

To get a permit for use on Bassenthwaite Lake, please phone our Contact Centre team on 01539 724555 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.45pm).

Which lakes can I use my boat on?

Please read the Access to Lakes Guide.

How can I stay safe on the water?

Please take a look at our safety videos on our water safety page, these cover carbon monoxide safety, kill cords, life jacket checks and swimming visibility devices.

How do I report blue green algae?

If you see blue-green algae please call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 to report your sighting. Do not enter, drink or swallow the water. Also keep children and pets away from the water.

For more information on what it looks like and how it can affect people and animals, please visit the blue-green algae frequently asked questions page.

How do I get support with making a planning application?

At the Head Office we have a free planning surgery Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Bookings are not available. Please ring 01539 724555 to speak to a Contact Centre Advisor who will need to know the following information:

  • What it's regarding  
  • Full address including postcode

Alternatively, you can drop in to see the Duty Planner, although it's first come first served so there may be a waiting time.  

Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal LA9 7RL

Are there any job vacancies with the Lake District National Park?

We want to make sure this is a positive, vibrant organisation committed to delivering our services as efficiently and effectively as possible.

If you are innovative and enthusiastic, with a flexible 'can do' attitude, then we want you to come and join our team.

Take a look at the Jobs page, it shows all current vacancies and is updated regularly.

Who do I contact for media enquiries?

Please contact the PR and Social Content Editor, Sarah Calderbank at sarah.calderbank@lakedistrict.gov.uk. For more information please visit the media enquiries page.

How can I donate to support the work of the National Park?

You can choose to support us by selecting a place, project or person you wish to sponsor or by making a one-off donation.

If you are donating in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special occasion, you can add a simple engraved plaque to a finger post, gate or bridge and choose whether to add a message to our memorial and celebration web page.

You can also make a donation to our volunteer-led events programme, if you wish to donate following a guided walk or event. Thank you, your donation will mean that more people can enjoy exploring the National Park now and in years to come. If you have any questions, please email us at  aspecialplace@lakedistrict.gov.uk or call us on 01539 724 555 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.45pm) and we'll be happy to help.

For more information please go to our donations page. If you have any questions please visit the frequently asked questions about donations and sponsorship page.

Can I leave a memorial in the National Park?

We regularly receive requests for memorials to be placed in the Lake District National Park. We do appreciate the importance of memorials for the families of deceased loved ones and understand how a memorial in a cherished place or landscape can provide a comfort. However if we were to give permission to all the requests we receive, the numbers involved would become extremely intrusive in this natural and beautiful landscape. For this reason we refuse all requests for memorials on land owned by the National Park. For memorials on the other 96 per cent of land in the Lake District, we ask people to contact the landowner directly.

It is worth noting that memorials, such as benches and structures, may also require planning permission. To informally discuss whether you need to apply for planning application you can talk to a duty planner or attend one of our regular planning surgeries - find out times and dates.

You can donate towards a selected location or project in memory of a loved one, whilst at the same time contributing towards the future of the National Park.