Businesses in the Lake District are preparing for a busy Easter weekend, with one travel website reporting that 97% of accommodation in the area is fully booked.
But tourism officials say Easter is just one part of a strategy to make the Lakes an all-year round destination.
Paul Crone reports.
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Businesses in the Lake District are bracing themselves for the Easter break.
Hotels and B&Bs are expected to be busy, with one accommodation website reporting that 97% of places to stay in the Lakes are now full.
Visitors from across the world have already began to descend on the national park.
Two walkers are recovering after being rescued from mountains in the Lake District last night.
The pair had set off from the Patterdale Youth Hostel to Howtown yesterday but failed to return by nightfall.
The Patterdale Mountain rescue team found them and brought them safely off the fells.
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Campaigners are protesting against the potential sale of seven Lake District beauty spots.
The group 'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' has been demonstrating outside the LDNPA visitor centre, in Brockholes,
They also staged a walk at Stickle Tarn, in protest.
The group says:
"We sincerely hope the sale for Stickle Tarn does not go ahead, and the strength of public feeling is respected.
"The process has been too short. This, with a lack of transparency, means that, however well meaning the LDNPA is, their process is wrong.
"Public land is not a 'portfolio' to be bought and sold - it is ours and should be maintained for our, and future, generations."
But the Lake District National Park Authority says the lands will still be subject to the same public access rights and restrictions, meaning the sales pose no danger to the environment or public use of the land.
It argues that once it has improved access and conservation on sites it is common practice to return them to the private market, where they can still be managed by the National Park's planning processes.
The National Park Authority has had its funding cut by 23% in the last 5 years and intends to use the £500,000 from the sale for other capital investments.
The deadline to bid for seven of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is up today.
National park bosses are selling off the Stickle Tarn with a guide price of twenty to thirty thousand pounds.
The other areas up for sale are:
- Yewbarrow Woods
- Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood
- Blea Brows
- Baneriggs Wood
- Land near River Derwent
- Waterside Knott
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