Lake District suffers critical UNESCO scrutiny


At last the Lake District National Park Authority is under real scrutiny. The organisation charged with protecting the iconic Lake District landscape is being challenged, by UNESCO and the local town council in Keswick, to account for its tacit encouragement of the destructive rural vandalism all too common in the National Park. 4x4s and trail (motor) bikes have been carving up some of the regions best loved beauty spots for years. The lack of action from the LDNPA, in contrast to that in other National Parks, has effectively opened up the Lakes as the ‘soft touch’ option for selfish petrol heads, many of whom travel long distances to enjoy the open fells without fear of arrest or prosecution. CEO Richard Leafe has long promoted unfettered outdoor activities in the Lakes in an attempt to boost tourist income to the area. But allowing a tiny few to destroy great swathes of the countryside is clearly counter-productive. ‘Leave it as you found it’ should be the applied maxim for all visitors to the once stunning Lakeland fells…………….difficult bordering on impossible for a trail biker!

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