Councillor claims footpaths ruin Lake District

A Langdale Councillor says new footpaths are ruining the landscape but the National Park argue they are necessary to make the Lake District more accessible to families and visitors with disabilities.

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A councillor from Langdale has argued that new footpaths have ruined the beauty of the Lake District.

However, others believe that the Lake District's purpose is to be enjoyed by visitors. The new paths make the landscape more accessible to visitors.

Richard Greenwood from Cumbria Tourism agrees and says that people should embrace adventure sports. He adds that the Lake District should be more accessible to those seeking adventure sports if the Lake District's tourist economy is to keep thriving:

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A councillor has argued against new footpaths in the Lake District, saying that they spoil the view.

It has started a discussion about the purpose of the Lake District - whether the landscape should be preserved or whether it should be adapted to allow visitors to enjoy it more.

Judith Moore from Friends of the Lake District. The organisation campaigns to preserve the beauty of the Lake District and believes that building and maintaining footpaths is an important part of preserving the Lake District's beauty.

Lake District is a 'man made' landscape says ranger

Steve Tatlock is the Langdale Ranger for the Lake District National Park Authority. As part of his job he must consider the question of how best to preserve the Lake District National Park and is responsible for putting in the new paths.

He says that the paths are consistent with the ever-changing landscape, but getting the balance right between nature and accessibility for visitors can be difficult:

Footpaths: Awful or allowing for adventure?

Lowland footpaths in the Lake District Credit: ITV Border

A councillor in Langdale says that the new footpaths are ruining the landscape.

However, the Lake District National Park have argued that the paths make the park more accessible to families and people with disabilities. They have put a bid for a World Heritage status which will focus on the people and culture of the landscape, for example by encouraging more people to have adventures in the Lake District.

Cumbria Tourism also wants to encourage visitors to make the Lake District the adventure capital of the UK by 2018.

Credit: ITV Border

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