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
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
the erosion caused to litter, damage dry stone
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
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.
The Lake District is managed by the
National Park Authority (LDNPA)
who try to resolve conflicts between
10 mph speed limit on The LDNPA have very strict
Lake Windermere and planning regulations and
also restrictions on rules if a new development
mountain bikers using
How can these
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.