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Taking care of Cumbria
Taking care of Cumbria

Caring for our environment

The landscape here in Cumbria is unique.

For centuries, it has inspired people for many reasons - artistic, romantic and adventurous.

We are very lucky to have such an amazing place and realise that alongside enjoying all that our county has to offer there is a responsibility to treat it with respect and all do our bit to help maintain it for the future.

The Lake District National Park was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2017, making it the first National Park to receive this recognition, and the second World Heritage site in Cumbria, along with Hadrian's Wall. One of the considerations in the decision to grant this status was conservation. Indeed the Lake District was the birthplace of the conservation movement, with such famous pioneers as Beatrix Potter being key figures in this happening.

World Heritage sites are assessed according to their global significance and uniqueness. UNESCO calls these criteria 'Outstanding Universal Values'.
For the Lake District the Outstanding Universal Values are Identity, Inspiration and Conservation.

View more information about the Lake District National Park's World Heritage status,
and in celebration, Lakes Culture has put together some Signature Experiences, based on area, which bring together some of the best cultural attractions that you can experience in this very special part of the UK.

Lake District Foundation

Lake District Foundation

The Lake District’s newest charity, The Lake District Foundation celebrated its first anniversary in 2018, having raised almost £400,000 for 16 different projects in its first 12 months.

Since it registered with the Charity Commission on August 9th 2017, more than 200 businesses have signed up to work with the charity, which aims to help care for the national park by encouraging donations from visitors and local businesses for key local projects.

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Countryside Code

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

The Countryside Code sets out a simple and easy to use code of conduct to help you get the most out of visitng the area whilst respecting others, protecting the environment and enjoying your visit.

The three main points are summarised below:


Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.

Please respect the needs of local people and visitors alike.
Co-operate with people at work in the countryside, such as farmers.

Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Farmers will normally close gates to protect and keep farm animals in, so please leave gates as you find them.
If unsure, then please check, there may be a sign nearby with instruction.



Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.

In Cumbria, we have a unique and beautiful landscape, with fells and coastline alike. Please ensure that if camping, you take all possessions and litter home with you. Likewise any cooking equipment and water bottles.

Keep dogs under effective control

The Cumbrian countryside can be a great place to let your dog have a run, but please ensure the safety of all animals, be considerate to other people and keep your dog controlled and on a lead whenever you are near farm land with livestock. Please always be considerate and clean up after your dog.



Enjoy the outdoors

Cumbria is an amazing area for all types of outdoor pursuits. Make the most of the breathtaking landscape and superb range of activities on offer.

Plan ahead and be prepared

Its always best to make sure you have an up-to-date map or guidebook when you go out exploring the county. Be mindful of weather conditions and remember they can change suddenly, especially on mountains, and this can leave you disorientated if you are not sure of your route. Check weather forecasts before you leave home and never be afraid to turn back.

When visiting the coast, check tide times and don't risk getting cut off by rising tides.

Getting away from it all and finding a remote corner of the county all to yourself is appealing, but remember mobile phone signals can be patchy in some areas so always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

More information on safety when enjoying the great outdoors can be found in our Adventure Capital section here.


The Countryside CodeYou can download a printable pdf copy of the Countryside Code HERE

More Information

Here is a list of organisations around Cumbria that are working to help conserve and protect the landscape, rivers and wildlife of the Lake District and Cumbria.

National Trust

The initial public love for the Lake District ignited a drive to protect and conserve the landscape, inspired by the thinking of William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, and sparked the foundation of the National Trust.

Lake District National Park

The governing body responsible for caring for and maintaining the Lake District National Park, ensuring over 3,100km of paths and bridleways are maintained and improved.

Lake District Foundation

An organisation ensuring the Lake District is an example of sustainable development in action, and a place where a prosperous economy, world-class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Fix the Fells

A team of skilled rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District with funding from donations and partners. This work reduces erosion scars and also helps protect the ecology and archaeological heritage of our beautiful landscape.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

A voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria;  seeking to raise environmental awareness and conserve the full range of the UK's habitats and species.

RSPB Leighton Moss

Set in the beautiful and magnificent Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking Morecambe Bay, Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in North West England and home to some special breeds such as Breeding Bitterns, Bearded Tits and Marsh Harriers. Part of the wider RSPB, Leighton Moss conserves and protects the site for the benefit of all it's wildlife and enjoyment of visitors.


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