From today (1 August 2016), visitors will be able to enjoy even more of the Lake District National Park, as its boundary grows by three per cent – that’s an extra 27 square miles.
The new Lake District includes an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common to the east and an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth Valley to the south.
The Yorkshire Dales has also got bigger – by almost a quarter (24 per cent), taking the west of the park up to the Orton Fells, meaning the M6 motorway is now the only dividing line between the two national parks.
To celebrate, communities in the new Lake District National Park have been invited to enjoy an afternoon of free activities in the extension areas based at and around Sizergh Castle. Partner organisations the National Trust, Cumbria County Council, British Cycling and Friends of the Lake District are offering bike rides with Sky Ride Local, garden tours, guided walks and an invitation to see the first glimpse of the new national park at dawn.
Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, Richard Leafe, said: “Many people have campaigned for this extension for a long period of time, so this is an historic day for the Lake District National Park and one that deserves celebration. This extension represents unfinished business for the park and the new boundary line will be more fitting, following the natural landscape.
“This extension was largely supported by the communities, showing that there continues to be a high level of support and recognition for the good work that is done in national parks. We’re looking forward to maintaining and improving the environment in these new areas, particularly the rights of ways, creating even more of the Lake District for people to enjoy.”
Find out more about the new Lake District areas in the short video:
Mike Innerdale, Assistant Director, at the National Trust Lake District, added:
“The extension of the park boundary ensures that this cherished landscape, including historic Sizergh and its estate are now further safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. As a conservation charity looking after a fifth of the land in the Lake District National Park and opening up lots of special places for everyone, this is a key milestone for the Lakes and the millions of visitors that come every year”
Find out more about the extension areas: www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/bigger