Celebrate the Lake District’s 70th birthday by going miles without stiles

Published on: 10 Aug 2021

Miles without Stiles route.

As part of the celebrations to mark the Lake District National Park's 70th birthday, seven specially selected routes have been relaunched to really show off the variety of landscapes and environments that the Lake District has to offer.

This week marks exactly 70 years since the Lake District National Park was founded and work began to look after this special place.

Chief Executive of The Lake District National Park Authority, Richard Leafe said: “The importance of National Parks for health and wellbeing benefits has been highlighted during the pandemic. It’s been heartening to see so many people helping us look after the Lake District during this time – from litter pickers to other community groups and volunteers – we hope that this will continue for the next 70 years, and beyond.

“Looking forward, we have a commitment to continuing to protect the Lake District, ensuring that nature and wildlife thrive while working closely with our vibrant communities and our farmers, who are custodians of our unique landscape.

“Our immediate key priorities are to implement our new partnership plan, our Authority commitment to reach net zero by 2025, and the delivery of the new Farming in Protected Landscapes funding.

The seven selected celebratory walks are from the Lake District Miles without Stiles accessible routes. The 49 routes are split into three categories; ‘For some’, ‘For many’, ‘For all’, meaning that users know what to expect when they are planning their walks.

It’s hoped they will encourage people to explore those lesser known, yet equally beautiful, areas of the Lake District and make new memories.

From Roman ruins to abandoned railway lines and plenty of lake shores in between, these seven spectacular routes are ideal for first time visitors to the Lake District and for those who want to try something new.

The seven special routes are:

We are asking people to help us celebrate by taking photos while they are on these routes and sharing them with us on social media using #LakeDistrict70

To showcase how accessible our Miles without Stiles routes really are, we have partnered with TGA Mobility to show to their customers how you can still get out and enjoy the Lake District whatever your ability. More information about these and all of our other Miles without Stiles routes here: https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/walking/mileswithoutstiles

Our photo shows one of the 7 for 70 Miles Without Stiles Routes being promoted to celebrate 70 years of the Lake District National Park.

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