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Lake District and Yorkshire Dales expand to create largest area of English National Park land

The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are set to expand, creating the largest area of National Park land in England.

Plans have been announced to increase the Dales by 23% and the Lake District by 3%, virtually joining up the two Parks.

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Lake District and Yorkshire Dales expand to create largest area of English National Park land

Lake Buttermere in the Lake District Credit: PA

The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are set to expand, creating the largest area of National Park land in England.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss will today announce plans to increase the site of the Yorkshire Dales by 23% and the Lake District by 3%, virtually joining up the two National Parks.

Commenting on the decision to extend the Parks Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, said:

The Dales and the Lakes have some of our country's finest landscapes, beautiful vistas and exciting wildlife. They are part of our national identity.

I am delighted to be able to announce this extension which will join these two unique National Parks and protect even more space for generations to come.

National Parks are fabulous national assets that welcome over 90 million tourists and contribute to our vibrant rural economy – we are committed to helping them thrive.

– Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss

The expansions to the Lake District will be as follows:

  • East - to include an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common; and
  • · South - to include an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley

Whereas the Dales will see an expansion in these areas:

  • · North - to include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang; and
  • · West - to include Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune, and part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the River Lune.

The extensions will come into effect in August 2016.

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