Coronavirus (Covid-19) news

Stay Home we'll see you again soon

Last updated: 23 February 2021

Stay home. Stay safe.

Guidance is to exercise locally.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority said:

“We welcome the news that national lockdown restrictions are set to ease gradually over the next few months and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Lake District when it is safe to do so.

“In the meantime, we must all continue to stick with the latest government guidance, which is to stay home and exercise locally until step two of the roadmap is in place. Getting outside for exercise is important, especially as the weather starts to improve, but please don't take any unnecessary risks. By staying safe and staying local you can help reduce the pressure on our emergency services.”

All the latest government advice and guidance: National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (

Government guidance for National Lockdown

Around the National Park:

All non-essential retail shops are closed. Hospitality venues are closed. Cafes, pubs and restaurants may be open for take-away services.

Under National Lockdown you should not travel into this area for exercise or recreation. People within this area should exercise as locally as possible to their home.

Public rights of way

Many paths are near to farmers and local people's homes and their families. We need to ensure that they are kept safe so please observe the new temporary signage. Resources for farmers and landowners can be found below.

Some alternative permitted paths have been made available to maintain social distancing and protect residents and local communities. If you see a sign for a permitted path, please follow the way markers along the temporary route. Maintain social distance and hand wash or sanitise after touching any shared surfaces in line with government social distancing advice.

Car Parks

Most car parks around the Lake District National Park remain open.


Nearly all public toilets are open.

On the water

Check which activities are allowed on which lakes across the Lake District

Please know your own capabilities on the water and do not place yourself or others at risk.

Emergency services may not be able to respond as quickly as they might have done before and this puts people at risk and is unfair to those that are volunteers in those services.

Our lake rangers are patrolling to support people’s safe enjoyment of the water and will enforce as necessary where there are clear breaches of the byelaws that impact on safety or have negative environmental impacts.

Please be aware of the byelaws and report any breaches to our lake ranger team

To protect staff and customers during the Coronavirus outbreak, new boat registrations cannot currently be undertaken at Ferry Nab or at the National Park office in Kendal. Renewals can be completed online. More info on renewals and new registrations on our Windermere registration page.

On the fells

Under National Lockdown you should not travel into this area for exercise or recreation. People within area should exercise as locally as possible to their home.

We ask everyone to please be prepared when exploring the Lake District fells and plan ahead. Emergency services are under increased pressure at this time and responding to emergencies puts teams at risk. Be adventure smart and ask yourself three questions before you set off:

Find out how to stay safe on the fells


All campsites and hospitality venues are now closed.

Brockhole on Windermere

Brockhole on Windermere is now fully closed.

Coniston Boating Centre

Coniston Boating Centre is now closed.

Visitor Information Centres

Our information centres are now closed.

Winter Skills Courses

Our winter skills courses for January and February are now all cancelled, we will be contacting everyone who has booked a course.

For our communities and farmers:

elcome enjoy your visit please respect socail distancing

Posters for businesses

Generate a QR code for NHS Track and Trace for your business venue

Welcome your visitors with a reminder to keep 2 herdy sheep apart for social distancing. A2, A3, A4 and 6ft banner sizes available to download.

Download business welcome to visitors posters

Rights of way posters

We have 2 posters available to download and display on any rights of way. These are to help communicate the message of social distancing across the Lake District National Park.

Download rights of way posters

Our Services:

Committee Meetings

Our committees are no longer meeting in person . We have changed the ways we hold committee meetings and conduct Authority business using different forms of communication, like phone and web meetings. Find out more about how and when we are holding meetings on the meetings page on our website.

Planning Service

Our planning services are currently reduced. You can find update of the current status of our planning services, and details of how to contact us on our planning page.

Contact Centre at our HQ in Kendal

There is lots of general information on our FAQ page or you can get in touch with our contact centre team by email or call 01539 724555