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Lake District National Park boundary extensions

From 1 August 2016, the Lake District National Park grew by 3 per cent - an extra 27 square miles. This 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 National Park also got bigger by almost a quarter at the same time, which means in the east the M6 is now the dividing line between the two National Parks.

We are excited to look after these special landscapes and explore opportunities to improve access to enable people to enjoy the beauty of these spectacular places.

Our first priority is to continue to get to know these new areas and communities so we can build a strong relationship to care for and enhance these special places and identify ways of improving the economy together.

East extension area

The extended Eastern area of the Lake District National Park includes Birkbeck Fells Common, Bretherdale and Borrowdale.

Our Area Ranger for the East is Suzy Hankin, who can be contacted by phone on 01768 871409 or by email at suzy.hankin@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

For more information about our work in the area, visit our Eastern Lake District area pages.

Map of the East extension area.

South extension area

This includes an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley including the small new addition of land North of Sizergh Castle. The central and south east area also includes parts of Whinfell and Grayrigg.

Our Area Ranger for the Central and South East is Graham Standring, who can be contacted by phone on 01539 792698 ext 2734 or by email at graham.standring@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

For more information about our work in the area, visit our Central and South Eastern Lake District area pages.

Map of the South extension area.

Planning frequently asked questions

We've put together answers to frequently asked questions about planning and the National Park boundary extensions.