Save Our Lake District (SOLD)

Zip wires, recreational 4x4s and motorbikes, gondolas or poorly considered path surfaces are all symptoms of a wider problem. We now find the Lake District National Park being ridiculed in the press and enough was enough. It is time for action.

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So that's why it's called the Lake District!!! The rain didn't let us down today but it was never going to dampen the support or the spirit of many hundreds of people attending the Big Day Out protest march in Grasmere

Both a celebration of a proposal to put holiday boats on Grasmere being withdrawn and a show of strength calling for an end to inappropriate development in the Lake District National Park.

Well done to Andy Astle and the team behind the Houseboats-off-Grasmere campaign for organising this amazing event, for putting in such an incredible effort, making the day such a huge success and helping to send such a powerful message.

The march through Grasmere ended at the lake's edge with hundreds gathering - some taking a dip! - to hear speeches from film maker Terry Abraham, Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and our Chief Executive Douglas Chalmers talking about our Save Our Lake District' campaign and why we have launched it.

The images might give you an idea of the incredible turn out in challenging conditions in Grasmere earlier today. We were delighted to see that as well as those braving the rain and wind and making their voices heard, there were some hardier souls who thought it was a perfect opportunity for a dip in the lake measured at a balmy 5.4C!

Right now, the Lake District – your National Park - is under siege and up for grabs. Its landscapes are exploited for commercial gain without anything being given back in return.  Commercialisation without conservation can only lead to permanent damage to this fragile, beautiful place; especially in these times of climate and environmental emergency.

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