Natural England - Lakes to Dales Landscape Designation Project

Lakes to Dales Landscape Designation Project

Natural England proposed designating land between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks in 2009 and has carried out two public consultations leading to a decision in September 2011 that the National Parks should be extended. On 17 January 2012 its Chair and Chief Executive signed Orders which, if confirmed, would vary the boundaries of the National Parks.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park (Designation) (Variation) Order 2012 would change the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park:

  • to the north, to include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang; and
  • to the west, to include Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune and, part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the river.

The Lake District National Park (Designation) (Variation) Order 2012 would change the boundaries of the Lake District National Park:

  • to the east, to include an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common; and
  • to the south to include an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, and part of the Lyth Valley, including the small new addition of land North of Sizergh Castle.

The Orders were submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration in April 2012.

Full details on how to download the Orders can be found on the Lakes to Dales consultation page.

Further information on the project is available on the following pages:

Consultation - information on the current ‘deposit period’ and the previous two consultations.
Background - summary of what has happened on this project so far.
Maps - downloadable maps of the proposed boundaries and links interactive maps and GIS data.
Documents - all publications produced for this project

What happens next

A Public Inquiry was held in Kendal during June 2013. It is anticipated that the Inspector's report will be submitted to Defra during Autumn 2013. On receipt of the Inspector’s Report, the Secretary of State may decide whether to confirm the Orders. He may also make modifications to the Orders. For more information about the Public Inquiry contact:

Helen Wilson: Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks Variations Inquiry Manager
Email: programme-officer@virginmedia.com 
Telephone: 01527 65741 or 07879 443035

How to contact us

To make formal representations about the Orders, please write directly to the Secretary of State (see our consultation page for details).

For all other queries:

Email: nwdesignationproject@naturalengland.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 060 2178
Write to: Lakes to Dales Landscape Designation Project, Natural England, Bridgewater House, 60 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 6LT
David Vose, Project Manager - Tel: 07900 608492, Email: David.Vose@naturalengland.org.uk