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National park visitors 'not deterred by economy'

Posted 9 June 2011
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National park visitors 'not deterred by economy'
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Times may be hard, but this has not stopped people from spending money in national parks as they continue to go walking, ride mountain bikes and enjoy other activities in Britain's protected landscapes.

Official figures have revealed over £4.5 billion was spent last year by people coming to the country's 15 national parks, as 70 million visits were made covering 160 million days.

In the Lake District, £952.7 million was paid into the local economy by 15.8 million visitors.

He said the role of national park authorities is preserving these areas so "everyone can take time out from the stresses of daily life to refresh mind, body and spirit in stunning natural surroundings".

Lake District visitors keen to refresh themsleves might want to try climbing one of the four English mountains over 3,000 ft in height, all of which lie inside its boundaries.

Scafell Pike is the highest at 3,210 ft, followed by Sca Fell (3,162 ft), Helvellyn (3,117 ft) and Skiddaw (3,054 ft).