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National park expansion details may bring more walking boots to new areas

Posted 15 April 2011
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Details have been given of revised plans to expand the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks, which may excite those who like to go walking in the areas concerned.

Natural England has revealed it is proposing to extend each national park in two directions, much of the expansion bringing areas in the gap between the two inside their boundaries.

Under the plan, the Orton Fells, Northern Howgill Fells and Mallerstang will be added to the northern part of the Yorkshire Dales, while an area to the west including the River Lune, Firbank Fell and Ireby will also be added.

And the Lake District will add the Birbeck Fells Common and Whinfell Common on the east side, as well as a southern extension including Helsington Barrows, Sizergh Fell and the Lyth Valley.

The public will be able to have its say in a consultation on the issue until July 1st.

When it was originally devised, the Yorkshire Dales was constrained by the county boundary, but part of it has been in Cumbria since 1974, when the newly formed county incorporated part of the former north riding, including places such as Dent and Sedbergh.ADNFCR-2803-ID-800502750-ADNFCR