Welcome to our Access and Recreation page which talks about the work we do here to achieve our vision and support the Lake District as a place for everyone to enjoy.
Our vision is for a well-connected access network, fit for purpose in our 21st century with high quality infrastructure, facilities and services which meet the needs of all residents and visitors.
We have identified four priority themes of work.
Developing the Coast to Coast National Trail, accessibility improvement, and new and improved access through the Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme.
Improving ease of use of rights of way, supporting the Fix the Fells programme and maintaining Miles without Stiles routes to a high standard.
Provide information, guided walks and waymarking to ensure the Lake District is for everyone. Continue education work at Brockhole and engagement on enjoyable, responsible and safe visiting.
Draw together activities focussing on villages and towns, enabling residents and visitors to take part in healthy sustainable active travel. Connect towns on the edge of the national park through active travel routes.
We've some great achievements to report so far across our areas of work. This includes the below six outcomes.
Promoting and maintaining 50 Miles without Stiles accessible paths including the new route to the spectacular viewpoint of Orrest Road. Restarting the volunteer-led guided walk programme in which 1,389 people participated in 2022.
Reopening the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail in 2020, which welcomed 265,000 visitors in its first year, contributing £15m to the local economy.
Establishing the Ullswater Way, opened in 2016 as an iconic walking or running challenge, with an estimated 70,000 users per annum and a community-led heritage programme to support and engage. Completing the Routes to Resilience programme in 2018 which repaired 74 bridges, 58 paths and 30 gates and stiles.
Welcoming new school and youth groups from communities outside the national park through the Green Recovery Challenge Fund learning programme at Brockhole.
Adding 15km of path to the rights of way network and upgrading 691 gates and stiles to improve accessibility.
Restored 26km of upland path between 2019 and 2022 through the European Rural Development Fund (ERDF) funded Fix the Fells programme.
Read our full Access and Recreation Strategy 'Out There' (pdf download).