A public consultation is set to take place in December on proposals to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
Natural England spokesman David Vose revealed the plan at a meeting of national park representatives taking place in the Lake District, Grough reports.
Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Carl Lis noted that the expansion of the park westwards had been off the agenda while some legal issues were dealt with - such as windfarms and the establishment of the South Downs National Park.
He said that the move would take the national park further into Cumbria, encompassing the Howgill Fells.
"It's hard to differentiate why that should not be in the national park because it's beautiful country," Mr Lis said.
The expansion may see the two parks boundaries meeting at the M6, which runs between the two.
Such an expansion may prompt people to go walking
in the newly designated area and buy Ordnance Survey Maps
covering the Howgills.
The western boundary of the Yorkshire Dales corresponded that of the West Riding from when the park was formed until 1974, at which point part of it was moved out of Yorkshire and into the new county of Cumbria.
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