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Lake District Revision


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Lake District Revision

  1. 1. The Lake District is located in the north – west of England and is the largest National Park with an area over 2000km2. It is easy to access because the M6 motorway runs along the eastern edge of the park. It is within 2 hours drive of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield. There is also a main train line running to Kendal. • Dramatic landscapes with high mountains such as Scafell Pike and Helvellyn and deep valleys with large lakes such as Windermere and Ullswater. • There are also attractive villages such as Ambleside which has tea shops and craft shops. These can turn into ‘Honey Pot’ sites which attract a lot of people. • The varied landscape attracts a range of people; hikers, climbers, geologists, naturalists, mountain bikers, canoeists, water skiers etc
  2. 2. There has been a big increase in house prices in villages due to many outsiders buying holiday homes. This has made it very difficult for locals to buy homes. There is concern about Walkers drop What the erosion caused to litter, damage dry stone conflicts exist bridleways and footpaths walls, trample on by mountain bikers and between crops, leave gates open the danger they can users of the and disturb sheep and cause to other people cattle which angers Lake District when riding at speed. farmers. On the lakes such as Windermere there is conflict between the different users such as speed boats, jet skiers and fisherman and divers who come for peace and quiet.
  3. 3. The Lake District is managed by the National Park Authority (LDNPA) who try to resolve conflicts between different users. 10 mph speed limit on The LDNPA have very strict Lake Windermere and planning regulations and also restrictions on rules if a new development are planned. mountain bikers using How can these some footpaths. conflicts be managed and the landscape be protected? The LDNPA helps farmers to rebuild dry stone walls and Housing has been made more affordable for maintain footpaths through local people through a scheme in which a their land. They put up range of housing from starter homes to clear signs to try and keep retirement flats have to be built at walkers on footpaths and affordable prices. The LDNPA are also trying help to reduce the impact to restrict the amount of people who can of them through educating buy holiday homes. visitors about responsible use of the countryside.