National Parks: extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales Parks

The Secretary of State has decided to approve extensions to Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.


Decision letter: Lake District

Decision letter: Yorkshire Dales

Inspector's report


In January 2012 Natural England made two variation orders to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and a public inquiry was held in June 2013.

After careful consideration of the variation orders and the Inspector’s report, the Secretary of State has decided to approve the extension of these National Parks.

The Secretary of State’s detailed reasoning for her decisions is set out in the decision letters for the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The extensions will come into effect from 1 August 2016. She has:

  • confirmed the Lake District National Park (Designation) (Variation) Order 2012
  • confirmed the Yorkshire Dales National Park (Designation) (Variation) Order 2012, subject to two minor modifications.

The maps of the revised boundaries and a description of the revised boundaries are being published separately; they form part of the decision. See:

Anyone wishing to challenge the Orders may do so within the period specified in the published statutory notices. More information on applying to the High Court.

Published 23 October 2015