On the 1st August it was announced that the Lake District will be extended eastwards to the M6 and the Yorkshire Dales will be extended westwards to the M6.
From the west coast to the east coast there is now only a gap of about 20 miles that is not in National Park land. That is the gap between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors National Parks.
Although the M6 itself appears to be in a corridor of unprotected land. That stretch around Tebay is probably the most scenic stretch of motorway in Britain.
Sizergh Castle which is a pleasing National Trust property in south Lakeland is now in the Lake District National Park.
The only hiccup in the latest change is that the Yorkshire Dales National Park now extends into Lancashire so we think the name should be changed to the Lancashire & Yorkshire Dales.