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Campaign group questions Lake District sales

'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' Credit: ITV Border

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,

'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' Credit: ITV Border

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."

– Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District

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.

Deadline day for Lake District beauty spot bids

Swimming in Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

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.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

The other areas up for sale are:

  • Yewbarrow Woods
  • Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood
  • Blea Brows
  • Ladywood
  • Baneriggs Wood
  • Land near River Derwent
  • Waterside Knott
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