National focus on lakes gathering

Published on: 21 May 2014

Britain's 15 national parks came together in a Lake District gathering showcasing sensational scenery and information sharing.

Eighty Society of National Park Staff delegates headed to Borrowdale for the society's first annual conference in the area for 14 years.

The two-day learning and networking event saw six study tours taking in culture, food, bikes, visitor attractions and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

Lake District National Park administrator, Jessica Lawson, said there was a lot of interest in an action-packed programme designed to show some of the authority's work and share experiences

She explained: "This is always an inspirational coming together of like-minded people from the Cairngorms to Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor to Northumberland.

Hosts show off their national park, while delegates network and see what colleagues are doing in the country's most spectacular landscapes.

"Our guests enjoyed bikes, butties and birds – ospreys – at Whinlatter; an upland farm tour and walk through Newlands Valley and four long-standing rangers, with a combined half century of experience, led us up Scafell.

"From wild swimming to slate mine adventure, canoeing on Derwentwater to seeing what inspired our greatest poets, it was an inspirational time on every front."

The conference was held at the Glaramara Centre at Borrowdale, near Keswick.

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