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

Open Day and Annual General Meeting 2022

Open Day and Annual General Meeting 2022 Friday 8th July 2022. Coronation Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7LZ. All members and non-member visitors are welcome.


Author: Chris James

Why become a member?

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


Author: Sophie Hodge

Lake District photo competition to reflect the beauty of the landscape

Our annual photo competition is here and we’d love to see your favourite photos of the Lake District, in all seasons, to star in our calendars and Christmas cards.


Author: Dawn Groundsell

Latest News

  • Westmorland Dales Summer Newsletter 2022

    Welcome to the summer newsletter of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, in what promises to be a defining year for us. Despite some ongoing challenges with Covid and the weather, there really is an enormous amount happening at the moment as we catch up on things that have been delayed. Read more

  • Commercial dog walking on the Helm east, Oxenholme

    As a landscape charity, we have always worked to secure a landscape that is accessible and available for everybody to enjoy. Unfortunately, this illegal use of our land has become untenable and its impact unfair on legitimate users, wildlife and the Fell Ponies and cattle that graze the Helm. Read more

  • Postcard from the Lakes 24th June 2022

    Welcome to our latest Postcard. This week we've been very concerned about plans for Elterwater quarry, and we know many of you are too, as more than 30,000 people have signed a petition against it. Read more

  • Theme Park Fears Reignited: Adventure park proposed for quarry in heart of the Lake District

    Plans for the redevelopment of a quarry at Elterwater in the Langdale Valley – at the heart of the Lake District have reignited public fears of the National Park turning into a theme park. Read more

What's on

  • Leaders Landscape Training Events 2022

    Our Leaders' Landscape Training Sessions are aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen their understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable them to pass on their knowledge to those with whom they work. Read more

  • Wednesday 6th July: Mazonwath, Drystone Walling

    Drystone walling on our Mazonwath property at Little Asby Common. Read more

  • Fight the Aliens–Big Balsam Bash 2022

    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