Minister pulls park punters

Published on: 25 Mar 2014

As Easter looms a Defra minister leads the call for the country to get out and about in spectacular national parks.

With 500 events beckoning across the Lake District, Lord de Mauley said he would like to encourage everyone to visit England's most beautiful landscapes.

"They are some of the most treasured places in England, contributing £4 billion to the rural economy and attracting around 90 million visitors a year," said the minister for science and natural environment.

His words have been welcomed by Lake District National Park events co-ordinator Andrea Hills, who said the area's 15 million visitors had a lot to look forward to in the coming season.

She said: "Spring is in the air; it's one of our most stunning times. We have some truly inspirational opportunities for people to make the most of our lakes, mountains, countryside and much-loved lakeside visitor centre at Brockhole, between Windermere and Ambleside.

"Our exciting and comprehensive events programme is now underway, with everything from popular guided walks to survival skills, wild art to biking with wide-ranging interests from archery and minibeast detection in between.

"The scope and choice is huge and to have Lord de Mauley's words of encouragement is a great boost.

"Many of our events take place at Brockhole, where you can listen to classical concerts, discover garden secrets, stroll the shores of Windermere and find out why the country's biggest national park is a magnet for so many.

"Schools will soon be breaking up and we extend a warm welcome to families who want to find out more and be entertained."

There are 300 guided walks too, taking in some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. From gentle ambles to serious mountain challenges, it is possible by boot, boat, train and bus to explore the Lake District's 885 square miles.

For further information go to www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/events

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