Two of England’s National Parks are set to get bigger from August 2016, following an announcement from DEFRA. Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire will share the largest area of almost continuous National Park land following a decision to extend the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
The Dales and the Lakes have some of our country’s finest landscapes, beautiful vistas and exciting wildlife. The Yorkshire Dales will grow by nearly 24% and the Lake District by 3%. This will virtually join up these beautiful spaces, bringing the boundaries of the two parks close to either side of the M6. An additional 188 square miles of land across Cumbria and a small part of Lancashire will now be protected for future generations following the decision to extend two of England’s most iconic National Parks.
The Lake District extensions will include a section east from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common and sections south to include an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley. The Yorkshire Dales, which will have the largest extension, will extend north and west. In the north it will include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang. In the west it will include Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune, and part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the River Lune.
So now there’s even more reason to book your UK holiday next year. There’s plenty of iFootpath walks across the whole area to keep you busy...so what are you waiting for?
23 October 2015