National Park Extension
The news (seemingly!) that the National Parks of the Lake District and more significantly the Yorkshire Dales will increase in size to support more areas of our lovely landscape is surely a benefit for all who live and visit the area.
Putting aside for a moment how this will be funded (lets not hold our breath for shiny new signposts and immaculate paths) the new areas include some delightful walks which will certainly enhance the area. Of course the walks have always been there but they will be more effectively promoted and preserved going forward.
Here is an old Blog with my then thoughts from over 4 years ago when the extension was first proposed. Click here
I have walked many of these and take this as an excuse to outline 9 new walks which will now (August 1st) be included within the National Park boundaries:
The ‘Other’ Borrowdale (Lakes)
A beautiful valley combined with some pleasant and easy walking along wide ridges Full details click here
A long walk over the ridges over Barbondale and back down its pretty valley. Full details click here
Barbon, Casterton & the River Lune
A pretty walk full of interest but could be improved with better access. Full details click here
Limestone Scenery over Orton
Some of the best limestone pavements in the country offer enjoyable walking. Full details click here
River Lyvennet Explored
Between Crosby Ravensworth to Maulds Meaburn there is some classic riverside walking. Full Details click here
Wonderful, airy walking in one of the most unspoilt upland area of Britain. Full details click here
Smardale Gill & Moors
Smardale Gorge and the rolling fells nearby are popular for those in the know. Full details click here
Castles of Mallerstang
One of my favourite ‘Dales’ walk along Mallerstang from Kirkby Stephen. Full details click here
Wild Boar Fell
A worthy and wild mountain walk above Mallerstang valley. Full details click here
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