Today, 13 August 2016, is the Lake District National Park's 65th birthday! We are proud to be the largest National Park in England looking after the biggest lake - Windermere, the deepest lake - Wastwater and the highest mountain - Scafell Pike.
To celebrate, we are giving away 65 'I've Herd' #lakedistrictbid bags in each of our Tourist Information Centres for this weekend only! The first 65 visitors will be able to pick one up by popping into one of our centres.
During our 65th birthday year the Lake District National Park Partnership has submitted a bid to become a World Heritage Site. This status would give the Lake District international recognition, celebrating its unique identity, the inspirational landscape and the desire to look after it for future generations. We're asking people to support the bid and have collaborated with Herdy to produce 'I've Herd' #lakedistrictbid bags and other promotional giveaways to engage people in the campaign. To find out more about the World Heritage Bid and add your support, visit the Lakes World Heritage website.
We would love to see you with your 'I've Herd' bag, send us a selfie with your bag on Twitter and Instagram using #lakedistrictbid and it could be shared on our Lakes World Heritage website!
If you don't manage to pick up an 'I've Herd' bag this weekend, you can still join in the fun to help us celebrate! We're asking people to share their Lake District 'bucket list' ambitions on Twitter using #LDNP65. Have you always dreamed about scaling Scafell Pike? Wild camping in Wasdale? Cycling your way across every mountain pass? Whether your adventure has already been ticked off or is still to do, we want to hear from you. Share your dreams and photos using #LDNP65.
Someone who can share more than a few memories of the Lake District National Park's long history, is Derek Lyon, Voluntary Ranger on Coniston Water, who has been volunteering for the Park for 48 years!
Here is Derek standing behind a couple who won a charity auction to spend the day out with a Volunteer Lake Ranger.
"I have enjoyed all my years of volunteering because I think that over the years, for the benefit of the residents and visitors, I have helped to restore, preserve and enhance the National Park which I love, in association with the nicest band of people in the world. I think I have spent time in all parts of the Park, however I have the joy of serving in, what I believe is, the best part - Coniston round to Wasdale.
"I'm afraid that nowadays my ability to carry out many aspects of volunteering are very limited, however I try to make up for the lack of wide ranging activity by doing plenty of boat patrolling on Coniston. During all my years I have carried a ‘Panic Bag’ made up of a spare set of clothing, just in case. Last year at Ravenglass as we put the folks in the dinghy to go across the river to the Eskmeals Nature Reserve, I tripped and fell in the river. And where was my panic bag? Home, of course!"