3rd March 2016

Yorkshire Dales National Park to be Extended

It will not be the first time that the English country side has seen its borders and boundaries changed, West Riding, East Riding, these have now gone, names changed and so it will be from the 1st of August this year that the Yorkshire Dales shall be extended by quite a distance, 188 square miles to be precise.

The new areas will now include to the North West Cumbria and west to bring in Lancashire and the Lake District National Park which will also grow by 3% becomes a very close neighbour to the Dales. Our National Parks bring in around four million pounds per annum and the extension of the Dales and Park will hopefully bring more tourism, which means more income for the rural areas. All good so far.
When changes such as these are made, it must be carried out with not only care but consultation with the local communities, the business people and of course the keepers of the Dales, these landscapes are stunning and nothing should alter that.

With regard to the Dales the new areas which will now come under its wings are Parts of Orton Fells, Wild Boar Fell, Mallerstang and Howgill Fells and many more. Natural England were the Governments Advisors and the news has been warmly welcomed by all involved, many wishing it had been done long ago. National Parks already enjoy the highest level of planning protection and long may it continue. The plans were first discussed back in 2009, but as always there were objections, some 3000 but all parties involved kept on meeting, talking and eventually the plans were given the green light.

With the M6 motorway and the West Coast mainline train service running between the two parks, access will also be easier, which will lend itself to ensuring more people do come and visit these two wonderful parks in our beautiful countryside.