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Olympics 'can boost Lake District'

Posted 22 December 2011
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Olympics 'can boost Lake District'
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The next 12 months may be challenging for the Lake District National Park Authority - but the area might also be boosted by the Olympics, its chief executive Richard Leafe has said.

While the Games themselves will be taking place in London, the Olympic Torch will pass through the national park on June 21st and Mr Leafe believes this will boost visitor numbers.

The appearance of the flame and an accompanying art spectacular at the Glebe in Windermere will focus attention on the area and "will put national media attention on us and hopefully tempt more people to come here and holiday at home in what is the nation's adventure capital," he said.

And many could be tempted to head to the national park with their walking boots as a result of the coverage.

One place where walkers may get very close to the Olympics is in Weymouth Bay in Dorset, where the sailing events will take place.

Priority has been given to getting the stretch of the English Coastal Path in the bay area finished in time for the games, allowing walkers a free view of the action.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801247752-ADNFCR