The Lake District National Park

Bassenthwaite Lake - Lake District CumbriaThe Lake District is Britain’s oldest national park, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011. It occupies the central region of the county of Cumbria in northwest England, contains almost all of the country’s major lakes and most of its highest mountains. The scenery is splendid, and the Lake District has been a popular tourist destination ever since popular tourism developed in the nineteenth century.

Lake District Directory
We are currently developing pages to help our site visitors both to explore the Lake District online and, hopefully, to plan a visit on the ground. Click here for our Lake District Directory. It is still incomplete but will be expanded during September (2011).

Below is a selection of items from our Around-England blog many of which relate to the work and visitor facilities of the National Park Authority.

Back to the Lake District

October 31, 2015

It’s some time since I put anything on this site about the Lake District (in fact it’s some weeks since I uploaded anything at all!) so although I’ve not forgotten my plan to have more about Lancashire and Yorkshire today’s picture is of Bowness on Windermere. It was only when writing the first paragraph above […]

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National Park Extensions? Please, Not Yet!

June 4, 2013

Hearings on the proposed extensions of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks start today. I wrote most of the following on my personal Facebook account earlier this morning and then thought I should put it here too, even though I’m aware that it might well lead to losing some friends. I love both […]

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Terrible Things Happen In Beautiful Places

May 25, 2013

Starting a short walk by Goldrill Beck and Brothers’ Water this afternoon I was stopped in my tracks by this poster. What was such a gruesome image doing in such a beautiful place? The National Trust appears to have concluded that shock tactics are necessary. Far too many sheep and lambs are attacked by dogs […]

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Winter by the Water at Ullswater

April 2, 2013

Last week I drove to Glenridding, the popular village close to the head of Ullswater in the Lake District. After a walk up the hill behind the village and a retreat as the snow started to come down quite steadily, I decided to stroll along the lake to St. Patrick’s boat landing by the side […]

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Across the North – January 2013

January 15, 2013

It’s time for another news post. I haven’t done one for some time. Starting with the North West, the big news in recent days has been the Lake District National Park Authority’s rejection of an eighteen month trial installation of a Zip Wire at Honister Slate Mine, a centuries old industrial site on the side […]

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New Year’s Day at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

January 4, 2013

Leaving Appleby the sun was shining. By Penrith it was raining. At Dalemain it was bright. At Pooley Bridge there was light drizzle. And so it went on, oscillating between bright patches and light rain. Familiar Lake District weather at this time of year. Pooley Bridge, the village, was looking a little sorry for itself. […]

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Crummock Water Today

October 10, 2012

“Around-England” temporarily moved office today to The Rock, Hause Point, Crummock Water. Back in my usual base at Appleby in Westmorland tomorrow morning!

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Ullswater on a Misty Morning

October 9, 2012

Here is one of my shots from this morning. Until almost eleven o’clock there was quite a mist over the water. This was taken as it lifted.

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Across the North – October 2012 [1]

October 2, 2012

One, if not the, major theme in the Northern news in recent weeks has been flooding. My schoolboy geography lessons told me that the east of the country was drier than the west because the clouds from the Atlantic dropped most of their rain on the Lake District mountains and the Pennines before arriving on […]

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Across the North: From Grasmere to The Yorkshire Olympians

August 8, 2012

Who thinks that the Lake District is behind the times? Well, the people at the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere have shown once again that it's up with the best. New app marks a world first for a museum Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, the Lake District, has marked a world first for […]

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