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.
The extended Eastern area of the Lake District National Park includes parishes in two of our Distinctive Areas; the East Distinctive Area and the Central and South East Distinctive Area.
The new extension area in the East Distinctive Area includes Birkbeck Fells Common, Bretherdale and Borrowdale within the parishes of Orton and Tebay. Our Area Ranger for the East is Suzy Hankin, who can be contacted by phone on
The new extension area in the Central and South East distinctive Area includes Whinfell Common, Grayrigg Forest and Grayrigg Common within the parishes of Whinfell and Grayrigg. This area is covered by our Area Ranger for the Central and South East, Marian Jones. Marian can be contacted by phone on
For more information about our work in this area, visit our Central and South Eastern Lake District area pages
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.
This area is covered by our Area Ranger for the Central and South East, Marian Jones. Marian can be contacted by phone on
For more information about our work in this area, visit our Central and South Eastern Lake District area pages.
Friends of the Lake District are working with parish councils to make a case for an extension of the southern boundary of the National Park. Whilst we welcome interest from communities in becoming part of the National Park, it is a matter for Natural England to determine if the case is taken forward, as was the process for the 2016 extension of boundary in the south and east of the park.
We have provided advice to parish councils on the practical implications of being within the National Park in the proposed areas.
More information is available from Friends of the Lake District - Southern Boundary Extension
We've put together answers to frequently asked questions about planning and the National Park boundary extensions.