The Lake District

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Step 2: Read the information in Section 1. Answer the exam questions here – 13.4 and 13.5

Where is the Lake District National Park?

The Lake District National Park is located in the north-west of England in Cumbria. It is the largest National Park in England and is 33 miles from the west coast to its most easterly point and is 40 miles from north to south.

What is the Lake District National Park?

National Parks are beautiful, spectacular and often dramatic expanses of relatively wild country. Each National Park has its own managing authority to conserve and enhance its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and to help people understand and enjoy its special qualities.

National Parks are protected under legislation and the planning system to ensure conservation and enhancement of their special qualities not just for the present, but also for future generations of residents and visitors.

The area, which was designated a national park on 9 May 1951 (less than a month after the first UK national park designation — the Peak District), is the most visited national park in the United Kingdom with 15.8 million annual visitors and more than 23 million annual day visits, the largest of the thirteen national parks in England and Wales, and the second largest in the UK after the Cairngorms. Its aim is to protect the landscape by restricting unwelcome change by industry or commerce. Most of the land in the park is in private ownership.

You can find out a range of facts and figures relating to the Lake District here.


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How can the impact of tourism in the Lake District National Park be managed?