A new policy review of England's uplands has announced, which has delighted countryside campaigners and may be good news for those who like to go walking
Environment secretary Caroline Spelman launched the initiative in Penrith yesterday, while pledging £26 million to help hill farmers preserve the landscapes of the nearby Lake District fells and other hilly areas.
The review will include a consultation on whether the legislation governing national parks needs changing to allow more sustainable development without compromising such areas.
Ms Spelman said she was keen to "champion" the interests of such areas in government.
This been welcomed by the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) as a sign that the government is committed to ensuring such areas thrive in the future.
CNP deputy chief executive Ruth Chambers said it is "timely" to review whether the current measures in place regarding sustainable development are the right ones.
Uplands specialist at the body Christine Reid said one idea that can be encouraged is for farmers to be paid more to contribute to environmentally friendly activities such as tree planting and peat restoration.