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Lakes attracts 16 million visitors

Posted 9 August 2011
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Lakes attracts 16 million visitors
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Those who love to go walking were among 16 million people to visit the Lake District last year, the national park authority's annual report for 2010-11 has said.

Such visitor numbers may suggest the appeal of putting on walking boots and heading for the hills has not diminished, despite the economic strains that may make the cost of a day out expensive for some.

However, others might consider that there is no better time to get away from it all.

The report noted initiatives included welcoming 157,000 people to the national park visitor centre at Brockhole, as well as running over 500 volunteer and ranger-led events that attracted 10,000 participants.

And the national park could be set to receive more visitors after a consultation through Natural England about the possible extension of its boundaries, as well as those of the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales.

This could see an extension to the eastern boundary between the Birkbeck Fells and Whinfell, as well as a stretch from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell to the south.