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National park authority welcomes boundary extensions

Posted 29 September 2011
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National park authority welcomes boundary extensions
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has welcomed plans to expand the area's boundaries, something that those who like to go walking there may also be pleased about.

Natural England has announced it is to recommend to the government that plans to extend both the Dales and the Lake District should be given the go-ahead.

It means the Yorkshire Dales will increase in size from 680 to 842 square miles and removes anomalies such as half of the Howgill Fells being outside the national park due to the boundary being set along the old border between the north riding and Westmorland.

National park chief executive David Butterworth said: "It's a real victory for common sense in looking at National Park boundaries in terms of the quality of the landscape rather than outmoded and short-term administrative or political issues."

The boundary changes will remove situations such as the Calf - a 2,219 ft mountain - lying half outside the national park with its summit marking the border.

At present, nearby peaks over 2,000 ft such as Yarlside and Wild Boar Fell lie just outside the national park boundary.