As I was born and still live on the southern edge of Exmoor, I have always had an interest in our National Parks, and recognise the really important role the have in our country.
On August 1st, I was surprised to read in the press that two of our better-known National Parks – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales – were to expand their boundaries to virtually join together, being only separated by the M6 motorway. The Lake District will now gain 27 square miles of national park land, and the Yorkshire Dales 161 square miles.
The Lake District National Park was established amongst the first wave of parks designated in 1951, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park followed soon after in 1954. At this time in the early 1950’s, it was thought that the busy A6 trunk road would be a suitable eastern boundary for the Lake District (with the M6 yet to be built), along with some existing administrative boundaries. Since then, pressures on the landscape such as dam-building for reservoirs and new wind farms have led to conservation groups pushing for greater protection. A public inquiry held in 2013 concluded that the areas originally left out of National Park jurisdiction would now be better served by the two National Park authorities -who are now planning to improve recreational access to the landscape and boost tourism in these areas.
An article from BBC News will give you more information: