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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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Cumbria Dark Skies Festival 2023 - Friday 28 Oct to Saturday 18 Nov

Raising awareness and winning hearts and minds for the cause! The second Festival of 2023 has a whole host of events celebrating the beauty and vastness of Cumbria's Dark Skies


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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

  • Good Lighting Guide for Cumbria wins National Awards

    Our good lighting guide produced jointly with a lighting designer launches and has already won two national awards!  Providing technical lighting guidance to planners, it will also help anyone installing or replacing lighting to make good lighting choices. Read more

  • Reprieve for Roanhead as holiday lodge development withdrawn

    We welcome the withdrawal of a planning application for a huge holiday park between Askam- and Barrow-In-Furness. The proposal threatened a sensitive stretch of coastline, a much-valued haven for local people. Read more

  • We Visit Gillside Wood for National Tree Week

    It was apt that during National Tree Week, the volunteers were out in force at Gillside and Tongue Gill Woods at Grasmere, the woods we manage for Friends of the Lake District members Bev and Jo Dennison. Read more

  • 23rd November 2023: Perfect Weather for Wetland Plants

    This week the volunteers were at Dam Mire Wood at Threlkeld. It was a wet, cold and very muddy day and a new task for us… planting wetland plants... which may have appreciated the conditions more than we did! Read more

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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