We work to sustain the rich, diverse, living pattern of landscape, wildlife and culture that makes Cumbria and the Lake District unique

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Our Purpose

We are an independent charity and the only membership organisation dedicated to protecting and enhancing Cumbria's landscapes for future generations


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A Postcard from the Lakes

We’re replacing our monthly e-newsletter with this weekly update to share ideas and to help keep you connected with the countryside, and keep you occupied at home in these challenging times.


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Love the Lake District? Become a member of Friends of the Lake District and join thousands of people enjoying and protecting it.


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Latest News

  • Guided Walks in Blue Spaces and Green Places

    We're offering a summer series of Guided Walks: ‘Blue Spaces and Green Places’, throughout July and August. Read more

  • Kendal Installs First Dark Sky and Wildlife Friendly Heritage Lights

    Light polluting footway lights along Cliff Terrace on Low Fellside, Kendal have been replaced with the Town’s first Dark Skies and Wildlife friendly heritage-style lights. Read more

  • Reconnecting with the Landscape

    In 2021, maybe more than any other year, our 'Landscape Grant' support of improvements to access, landscape enhancements and to free events will be more important that ever, helping visitors and residents to experience and reconnect with the landscape. Read more

  • A Postcard from the Lakes 11th June 2021

    Big Balsam Bash, Photo competition, Hay meadow blooming, Help us tackle traffic chaos, Give your view on how the National Park is managed, Litter picking from top to bottom, Film and Radio club and more... Read more

What's on

  • Annual General Meeting 2021

    As our 2021 AGM date of 2nd July falls so closely to the projected ‘opening up’ date we have once again decided to hold it in a 'remote' format. Any member is welcome to ‘remotely’ attend, but we do recognise and are sorry that not everyone will have access to a suitable device. Read more

  • Fight the Aliens–Big Balsam Bash 2021

    Join our fighting force of volunteers on the first of our Balsam Bashing events this year. We aim to clear the Rydal area of the infestation of Himalayan Balsam, to reduce regrowth and prevent the spread to other areas of the Lakes. Read more

Projects and Campaigns

  • The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme

    The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Read more

  • Dark Skies Cumbria

    Find out more about our project to get the Lake District recognised Dark Sky status - and how you can take part. Photo: Ben Bush Read more

  • Southern Boundary Extension

    A proposal to Extend the Boundary of the Lake District National Park between Grange-over-Sands and the Irish Sea Coast at Silecroft to Provide Statutory Protection to a High Quality Landscape Read more