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National park living 'a costly venture'

Posted 29 July 2011
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National park living 'a costly venture'
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Those who love to go walking in the national parks may find it is cheaper to visit from outside than to live there.

A study by Halifax has found all the national parks in England and Wales for which data is available - the exception being Northumberland - have higher prices than their surrounding areas.

Overall, it would cost £293,920 on average to buy such a home and this is 24 per cent more than the average.

For those who would like to follow in the footsteps of the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter and move to the Lake District, deep pockets will be required as this has the highest premium with the cost being 193 per cent more than the Cumbrian average.

Official figures show the Lake District has 42,200 residents, while the most populous national park is the South Downs with 120,000.

By contrast, just 2,200 dwell in Northumberland.