Last updated: 23 February 2021
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 (www.gov.uk)
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.
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.
Most car parks around the Lake District National Park remain open.
Nearly all public toilets are open.
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.
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.
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:
All campsites and hospitality venues are now closed.
Brockhole on Windermere is now fully closed.
Coniston Boating Centre is now closed.
Our information centres are now closed.
Our winter skills courses for January and February are now all cancelled, we will be contacting everyone who has booked a course.
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.
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.
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.
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.