A public consultation is currently under way on four proposed extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Residents, businesses and landowners are all being asked to let their views known to Natural England on the area between the two parks. It includes large chunks of the West Riding, including Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang and the Howgills above Sedbergh – a glorious landscape which seems to have done quite nicely, thank you, without the protection of National Park status. As with Nidderdale, which for some reason was never included in the Dales park, I suspect there already exists an in-built preservation culture amongst locals and planners who are happy to continue without the interference of another body. The consultation ends in March and you can read more of the proposals in February’s Dalesman which is published on January 24, or by visiting www.naturalengland.org.uk

Photo shows Wild Boar Fell, Mallerstang

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