All our campaigning activities have been suspended. While the Coronavirus outbreak continues, we appreciate that everyone has more pressing priorities.
Many people will be missing their visits to the Lake District and Cumbria. We will continue to use our social media channels to provide interesting information and reflections about the area as well as supporting key messages from the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Police and the NHS about how Covid 19 is affecting access to the area.
Every day that goes by we are missing getting out into our fantastic landscapes. Absence is making the heart grow fonder, and reinforces the benefits we normally enjoy. They will still be here once this is all over, in the meantime we appreciate your support for our work.
All our campaigning activities have been suspended. While the Coronavirus outbreak continues, we appreciate that everyone has more pressing priorities. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on any developments within the Lake District and Cumbria and respond appropriately, updating members and supporters accordingly.
Our aim is to:
Care for the scenic beauty, rich wildlife and historic heritage of our county’s landscapes. To ensure Cumbria's landscapes are passed on to future generations in as good or better condition than they are now. To encourage people to appreciate our special county – everyone has a right to enjoy Cumbria’s magnificent landscapes
Friends of the Lake District welcomes the Government’s independent review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The review was led by Julian Glover supported by an experienced advisory group. A summary of our submission to the Review is detailed below together with a link to our response (pdf).
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
Unsurprisingly, the Lake District is Britain’s most visited National Park. Visitor growth over the past few years has been significant, rising from 14.8 million visitors in 2012 to around 20 million in 2018.
Climate change threatens the Lake District in many ways. The most obvious being the episodes of serious flooding that have taken place over the past 15 years, culminating in the devastation wrought by Storm Desmond in 2015. These events can no longer be described as unprecedented.
Find out more about our project to get the Lake District recognised Dark Sky status - and how you can take part.
Photo: Ben Bush