Lakes to Dales extension official

From today (1 August 2016) the long awaited extensions of the Yorkshire Dales to Lake District National Parks finally came into force. This is a fantastic day as we see new areas of National Parks protected for future generations.

We're absolutely delighted that today these extensions have finally come into force. These beautiful areas in the north of England were only excluded for administrative reasons and now have the protection they have always deserved. Not only that, but the new 188 square miles of National Park will also boost the local economy and visitors to the area. We’re looking forward to knowing that many years from now, people will still enjoy the beauty of these very special places.

We are very proud to have worked on such a fantastically successful campaign.

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Ruth Bradshaw, our policy and research manager said, “The original National Park boundaries left some really beautiful, important countryside unprotected. It is wonderful that, following years of campaigning by lots of people, these areas have finally been granted official National Park status. Thank you to everyone who contributed.”

To find our more about our successes over the years, visit our history and achievements.

Image: Howgills  from Low Branthwaite © Natural England Simon Warner