Cumbria Tourism is spending £500,000 on a new campaign to promote the Lake District.
One of Cumbria's most spectacular National Trust houses is now available to rent for an estimated £40,000 per year.
Hundreds of new homes will be built in the Lake District in the next decade, in a bid to avert what many think is a growing housing crisis.
Two very different communities say they're being badly affected by road works in Cumbria.
The rural villages in Borrowdale have been hit by the closure of the main road to Keswick, and in the town centre of Wigton, businesses and shops say trade is down because of new gas mains being laid.
Matthew Taylor reports.
The B5289 Borrowdale Road in the Lake District will be shut to cars for six weeks while a retaining wall is repaired.
Pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and horse riders will be able to pass through while work is ongoing.It'll cost around £60,000 to complete the work.
One of the main roads through the Lake District will be closed for six weeks. The B5289, which skirts along the east of Derwent Water and is the main access road for communities along Borrowdale including Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller, is shut.
Cumbria Highways Engineers say need to carry out structural repairs to a retaining wall that stops the roadway from collapsing into the lake. Residents and businesses will face a detour across Honister Pass which can get blocked by snow and ice in winter.
Barry Surtees from Honister Slate Mine said it would affect his business by stopping lorries from using the Borrowdale route to collect slate. He also criticised the council for a lack of notice claiming he had not had any communications from Cumbria County Council directly.
– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways
"We appreciate that this is a popular, well-known road work on the retaining wall and keep one lane open, we now know that this cannot be done safely.
"We will pull out all the stops to get the work done as soon as we can and keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind as this will help with the time it takes.”
They're the modern rural des res... and now proposed changes to planning laws means more redundant barns could be converted into homes.
The concept is currently being consulted on by the Government and it's backed by many of our local authorities, but one environmental group based in the Lake District want to ensure the rules aren't relaxed too much.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
A Cumbrian environmental group has criticised changes to planning rules that could see redundant barns in the countryside turned into homes.
The concept is currently being consulted on by the Government and is supported by some local councillors.
Under the government's plans barns could be developed without planning permission.
The Friends of the Lake District aren't against them being converted in appropriate parts of the national park but fear that if the rules are relaxed they'll be turned into costly second homes for the wealthy and hundreds of local people will lose out
But the Country Land and Business Association says planning restrictions are stopping local people converting them too and the countryside needs more homes and businesses to improve rural economies.
A campaign group in the Lake District has voiced concerns over changes to planning rules that could see redundant barns being turned into homes.
The concept is currently being consulted on by the Government, but Friends of the Lake District says it could create eyesores in the countryside.
A farmer in Bowness-on-Windermere is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead after two of his sheep were attacked.
The National Park is concerned attacks like these could damage the relationship between walkers and land owners.
Some viewers might find pictures near the start of Fiona Marley Paterson's report disturbing.
WARNING: Some people may find some of the images below upsetting.
A farmer in Bowness on Windermere is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead after two of his sheep were attacked.
Alan Clark's pregnant ewes needed stitches after a dog attack last week.
The National Park is considering moving the footpath and creating a fenced-off bridleway - which some locals don't want - because this the third attack in three months.