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

  • Happy Birthday Lake District National Park

    We are celebrating this memorable event as our Charity was originally formed in 1934 to lead the campaign for the creation of the Park. Read more

  • Lord Frank Judd

    Last week we sadly said goodbye to Lord Frank Judd. A tireless campaigner on behalf of the Lake District’s landscapes, he served as our president and was one of our patrons for many years. He was a wholehearted supporter of our work in many places and in many ways. He will be sorely missed. Read more

  • A Postcard from the Lakes 30th April 2021

    Great Cumbrian Litter Pick, blissful Buttermere, free landscape training for outdoor leaders, new online tool calls on MPs to act on light pollution, Coal mine last chance to have a say, Flying digger on Scafell, Lord Judd, Birthday trees planted at High Borrowdale, and more. Read more

  • Clarion call to join The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick 2021

    A clarion call has gone out to the public and community litter pick volunteers to rally together for the 2021 Great Cumbrian Litter Pick, co-ordinated by conservation charity Friends of the Lake District. Read more

What's on

  • 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