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


Author: Sophie Hodge

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.


Author: Chris James

Why become a member?

Love the Lake District? Become a member of Friends of the Lake District and join thousands of like minded people in caring for this unique landscape.


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Latest News

  • Cumbria Embraces Dark Skies

    The Dark Skies Cumbria Festival, entertained, educated and wowed participants with amazing night sky images and mind-blowing space facts. Read more

  • Undermining Plans for a Sustainable Future

    It is imperative that we do not undermine the opportunity for a more sustainable future by continuing with a business-as-usual ad-hoc approach to localised parking problems Read more

  • A Postcard from the Lakes 19th February 2021

    In this edition: Cumbria Dark Skies Festival 2021 final weekend, winter in the Lake District images, Cumbria coal mine news, film recommendations and more. Read more

  • Bird Migration Affected by Intense Artificial Light Sources

    Two-thirds of bird migration takes place during darkness, mainly to avoid predation. It has long been known that artificial light sources can cause migratory birds to lose their ability to orientate and navigate. 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