Two of the region's national parks - the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales - have been extended to protect the countryside and boost rural tourism.
The parks will now almost meet with the Lake District ending one side of the M6 through Tebay.
The original boundaries were decided before motorways were built.
The Lake District has inspired presidents, pop stars and poets to get hitched over the years. Here's five spots where Cupid might strike.Read the full story ›
After former President Bill Clinton name-checked Ennerdale during a speech, we asked some of the locals what they thought about the mention.
One cheeky chef at The Fox and Hounds pub took the opportunity to invite him back for a pint:
There's always a pint for them at the Fox and Hounds!
Bill Clinton proposed to Hillary in the Lake District... and was rejected.
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Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, has spoken of his first marriage proposal to Hillary Clinton... in the Lake District.Read the full story ›
Ransome's book, which tells the tale of four children who camp on an island in the middle of a Lake, has taken Keswick to the big screen.Read the full story ›
Pippa Middleton is reportedly engaged after her boyfriend popped the question on a trip to Cumbria.
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is believed to have said yes to financier James Matthew's proposal while the couple were on a weekend visit to the Lake District.
Pippa was propelled to global fame when she was bridesmaid at the wedding of Kate and Prince William in 2011.
There's anger in the village of Staveley near Kendal as the Lake District National Park Authority is considering selling a popular wood.Read the full story ›
The Lake District is Britain's top walking destination according to a new national survey.Read the full story ›
A new exhibition reveals how some of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved characters own their existence to the northern Lake District.Read the full story ›