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Walking 'will still be encouraged' despite cuts

Posted 21 December 2010
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Walking 'will still be encouraged' despite cuts
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The chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority has promised to go on encouraging people to go walking, running and climbing in the Lake District, despite cuts to its central government grant.

Speaking to Grough before the figures were unveiled, park boss Richard Leafe promised: "We're going to carry on all our access, our recreation, our countryside services roles, our rangering roles and we're going to carry on delivering information services to visitors."

He noted the importance of leisure and offered reassurance to those coming with their hiking boots and running shoes they will be supported, while he also mentioned water quality is an issue after this year's great north swim was cancelled.

This last issue may be of interest to those bringing fishing tackle to the national park, as good water quality will encourage marine life.

Mr Leafe commented before hearing the actual size of the cuts, which head of policy at the Campaign for National Parks Ruth Chambers claimed will have a "long-lasting and detrimental" impact.