National Park Extension

January 5, 2016

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.

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.

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Upper Borrowdale

Lovely Barbondale

A long walk over the ridges over Barbondale and back down its pretty valley.

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Anne in Barbondale

Barbon, Casterton & the River Lune

A pretty walk full of interest but could be improved with better access.

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The Lune above Kirkby Lonsdale

Limestone Scenery over Orton

Some of the best limestone pavements in the country offer enjoyable walking.

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Monument above Orton

River Lyvennet Explored

Between Crosby Ravensworth to Maulds Meaburn there is some classic riverside walking.

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Crosby Ravensworth Church

Northern Howgills

Wonderful, airy walking in one of the most unspoilt upland area of Britain. Full details click here

Typical Howgill walking

Smardale Gill & Moors

Smardale Gorge and the rolling fells nearby are popular for those in the know.

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Scandal Beck Smardale

Castles of Mallerstang

One of my favourite ‘Dales’ walk along Mallerstang from Kirkby Stephen. Full details click here

Lammerside Castle

Wild Boar Fell

A worthy and wild mountain walk above Mallerstang valley.

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Wild Boar Fell from south


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