A public consultation has found a clear majority back the proposed extension of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks, which may provide better facilities and environmental protection for those who like to go walking
Natural England's public survey found 68 per cent support for the moving of the park boundaries to encompass areas around the fringes of them, with the Orton fells potentially ending up in either of the two.
Deputy chief executive of the Campaign for National Parks Ruth Chambers said: "Areas like the northern Howgills, Mallerstang and Borrowdale in Westmorland are all of undeniable National Park quality and represent unfinished business from the 1950s, when the Park boundaries were first devised."
Further enquiries will be needed but Ms Chambers said she hoped progress will now be swift in getting these areas inside the park boundaries.
Last year saw the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park extended to include parts of Perthshire.