This weekend is the first for a long time that it will be possible for families and friends who live together to make day trips to beauty spots. Outdoor ticketed destinations however remain closed. Normally in May around two million people would visit the Lake District National Park over a weekend. However, Richard Leafe the Chief Executive of the park has asked people not to rush back to the lakes. “There’s real concern on the ground about large amounts of people coming back” says Richard. “I would urge people particularly this weekend not to rush back to the lake district”, he added.
For locals who want to get out and about there is advice about how to create a safer Lake District for local communities and other visitors. People are being asked not to park anywhere outside a car park place as roadside parking creates problems for emergency vehicles. Farmers are busy and need access to gates to get to their animals at all times. When you park at a car park, try to pay online if possible, or wait in your car until the pay machine is free. Maintain distance from other people. Teams will be patrolling car parks across the Lake District National Park throughout the day and will update the status on each visit. If a car park is red, you’re are urged not travel to this area, choose somewhere less busy, you might discover a great new place to enjoy!
“The National Park will still be here and we will invite people back as soon as it’s safe to do so” said Richard Leafe.