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Lake District National Park centre undergoes refurbishment

The view across the summit of Helvellyn Credit: PA

A new facility has been opened at the Lake District National Park Ullswater Centre in Glenridding, following damages caused by Storm Desmond.

The Helvellyn Basecamp was built as part of the centre's aim to help local businesses. It is part of a £210,000 refurbishment deal.

It will be launched with a drop-in open day on the 10th of May.

We’ve designed a space people can make their own, a base perhaps for local adventure businesses to start or end mountain expeditions. It can also be used for corporate away days, events, exhibitions – a flexible place for everyone. Based on the feedback we received we’ve kept it fairly simple so users can move things around and create what they need.

– Mark Hoggar, Lake District National Park Head of Resources

Lake District boss receives university honour

Richard Leafe receives his honorary degree Credit: LDNP

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park, has received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Sheffield in recognition of his achievements in geography.

I am delighted and proud to be recognised by Sheffield University for my contribution to geography. I look forward to developing future links with the university and hope to pass on my experience and inspire those who are starting out in this field."

– Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Lake District National Park


Call for Lake District volunteers

Waterhead, Ambleside Credit: PA

Lovers of the Lake District are being sought to help visitors make the most of their time in the area.

With the height of the holiday season fast approaching, the Lake District National Park is seeking a team of dedicated enthusiasts to meet and greet Windermere Lake Cruises’ passengers at Bowness and Ambleside piers.

Volunteers will be asked to hand out leaflets, talk to people about the national park and encourage them to drop off at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to play a part in promoting opportunities to enjoy a spectacular place. Our drive to encourage visitors to park up and get round the world renowned locations by boat, bus, train, bike or boots make it a very appealing initiative.

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the huge amount Brockhole offers, without adding to pressure on the roads. This way, holidaymakers can enjoy a beautiful boat trip, as well as a veritable feast of activities.”

– Lorraine Brierley, Lake District National Park’s commercial assistant

For further information contact Lorraine on 01539 792605 or email

Lake District park authorities consider 250k upgrade plans

Artist impression of how the upgraded Waterhead promenade could look Credit: South Lakeland District Council

Finalised proposals for a quarter of a million pound upgrade to the Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere, are due to go before Lake District national park planners.

The plans were drawn up following a public consultation which received more than 170 responses.

South Lakeland District Council is investing £250,000 to fund the improvements and Lakes Parish Council is also committing up to £20,000 to the scheme.

The council says the key aims of the project are to:

  • deliver a promenade which residents and businesses can be proud of
  • improve the visitor experience and create an environment which encourages people to return
  • restore and enhance existing features along the promenade
  • make better use of space along the waterfront, improving it for pedestrians
  • deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly scheme, using durable materials which are locally sourced

Stickle Tarn listed as Asset of Community Value

Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

Stickle Tarn has been listed as an Asset of Community Value.

The move means community groups would now have six months to put together a bid to buy the tarn if it goes back up for sale.

David Sykes, Director of People and Places at South Lakeland District Council, said the decision to list the site was made because it 'serves local social interest and wellbeing'.

“Social wellbeing is quite a broad church but it includes the idea of enjoyment, recreation, and access to special places that are cherished by local communities.

"Stickle Tarn is a piece of land and water that was nominated by a local organisation as it is enjoyed by the public and cherished by local people and we believe it fitted the criteria for listing."

– David Sykes, Director People and Places at South Lakeland District Council

Last month, the deadline to bid on the land passed.

However, Lake District National Park Authority rejected tender bids as they didn't believe they were "responsible" enough.

Campaigners have objected to the potential sale of the site, with thousands supporting a Save Stickle Tarn group.

Park bosses first announced they were selling the tarn, along with six other areas in the National Park, in February this year.

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