Key figures for Lake District are urging people visiting this weekend to treat the area responsibly and remember that the communities in the area have been hit hard by coronavirus.

As lockdown measures have eased, more people have been taking the trip to the Lake District and that has created some problems for authorities and residents in the area.

While they are keen to express gratitude for the interest in heading to the area, which thrives so much on visitors, there have been 'real issues' with littering, fires, camping and car parking. The latter in particular has caused problems in terms of emergency services reaching their destination in a timely fashion.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority said: “We’re delighted the nation has such an appetite to the visit the Lake District. 

"Our communities have been hit hard by COVID19 and as they start to recover, we ask all our visitors to be kind to both people and the place when they arrive.  We’ve had some real issues with littering, fires, illegal camping and terrible car parking in the last couple of weeks. 

“We recognise that people have spent many weeks cooped up at home and being in such a beautiful place as the Lake District is exciting but please remember it’s also a place when people live and work.  Please make sure that there is no trace of your visit and you leave with great memories.”

The seven guidelines beneath have been issued and people are asked to respect them.

Respect other people:

Protect the natural environment:

Enjoy the outdoors:

Craig Drinkald, Area Manager, Head of Community Safety, Cumbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service, said: “While we understand that people want to get out and enjoy our county’s beautiful scenery, it’s important everyone does so responsibly.

“We are asking people to ensure they park in a safe and considerate way that allows access for fire appliances and other emergency vehicles. If you can’t guarantee this then please find a safer alternative place to park or return at a different time.

"Fire engines are approximately 2.5 metres wide. Therefore if you’re parking your vehicle and don’t think a van could get through the space, it’s extremely unlikely that a fire engine will either. So please keep this in mind, especially on our narrow country lanes. The delays this can cause could cost lives. We’d also urge people not to light fires or BBQs. The weather has been exceptionally dry for weeks and the potential for dangerous wild fires is high.”

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Sector Manager for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Rick Shaw, reiterated this advice. He said: “As people head to Cumbria to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful county, we ask that they are considerate of their parking and make sure that they leave enough room for ambulances and other emergency services to get through.

"In a life-threatening emergency every second counts and if an ambulance is delayed due to dangerous and thoughtless parking, it really can mean the difference between life and death. We know that the vast majority of people do act responsibly but please bear in mind that we need extra space to allow large vehicles to pass at speed if necessary.”