Shock As Lakes Tops Magazine Parks Poll
The Lake District has topped a popularity poll conducted by a leading outdoors magazine.
Posted: 23 August 2011
In an upset about as unpredictable as the USA winning the world baseball championships, the Lake District National Park has duffed up the rest in a poll of BBC Countryfile magazine readers to find the nation's favourite.
The Lake District always wins these things with the other parks scrambling desperately for the minor placings. This time the Peak District landed second spot on the podium with dark horse Northumberland bagging third with a late surge up the rails...
The Lake District National Park is chuffed, Director of Park Services Bob Cartwright said it was a great honour to receive the award, especially considering the quality of the competition! And he paid tribute to farmers, land managers and businesses 'who work so tirelessly to ensure the Lake District always looks its best and offers visitors such a warm welcome'.
“It’s a great present for our 60th birthday year! In 1951, our forefathers felt a Lake District National Park would keep the place beautiful and accessible. They would be delighted by our success. So wonderful in every season, with so much to do, it’s good to know people really love the Lakes,” Bob added.
Unsurprisingly, Fergus Collins, the editor of Countryfile magazine says he was not surprised that the Lake District had come out on top in the poll.
It is no wonder that people from all over the world flock to this iconic British landscape of crystal waters and inspiring fells,” he added.
If you want to see the commemorative certificated award, it's now on display at the LDNPA in Murley Moss, Kendal presenting a thrilling alternative on wet days. Not that there are any of those in the Lakes...
More Lakes info at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk
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Er, it's nothing to do with the licence fee.
BBC Countryfile magazine is published by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160m and returned £182m in cash to the BBC so if anything, it contributes to minimising the licence fee.
Off to the Daily Mail website with you!
Posted: 23/08/2011 at 17:37
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I've never been to the Lakes. I dream of one day crossing the Border to visit this magical peaceful wonderland.
Until then I'm stuck with boring old Scotland
Posted: 23/08/2011 at 17:52