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Please Write To Defra In Support Of Orton Fells’ Inclusion In The National Park


The time has come for all those of us who support our Orton Fells’ inclusion in The Dales National Park to write in to the Secretary of State for The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman to voice our support and suggest amendments. Please note that local representatives in the Orton Fells Group are having some large post cards with local images on them specifically made for this purpose that will be passed out soon to residents of  The Orton Fells area who support the proposals (with space for amendments if you wish).

Why would this be a good idea?

It is likely that our Orton Fells’  inclusion in the National Park would help conserve the natural beauty of this lovely area of  Westmorland for our own and future generations and would facilitate considerable economic uplift for local businesses while being an asset to the Nation. The inclusion of our area is long overdue, everybody agrees that the natural beauty warrants conservation. Some of the most beautiful Dales in the National Park are Cumbrian and in no sense would our section of the Park be a “poor cousin”, we would preserve our identity under a wider banner that truly does deserve special status for landscape quality.


We have had the spoken assurance of The Dales National Park’s Chief Executive (at the January 19th Fells To Dales Business Forum meeting in Kirkby Stephen) that the naming of our area of the Park will be arranged to best suit local wishes, for example The Westmorland Fells or Westmorland Dales. This may well be resolved at a Public inquiry, should we have one, later in the year.

Economic Benefit

At the same meeting we heard estimates of anticipated economic benefit for local businesses involved in tourism to be somewhere between 10 and 20% increase in annual turn-over, with the duration in occupancy expected to be extended to about 34 weeks in the year.


At this stage we can still ask for amendments to the planning, if we wish. One important amendment to request would be the adoption of the northern boundary proposed by The Friends of The Lake District that would include land with superb views around Reagill and Sleagill. A good deal of thought has gone into this boundary suggestion and it enjoys popular support among many of the residents of those Parishes.

Making Your Voices Heard – Key Points

  • In your communication please include your name, address and signature and include your message. Do refer to the benefits above as justification if you wish.
  • Each member of your household may write in separately with equal validity.
  • Numbers count.
  • This is a once in a life-time opportunity that will have far-reaching and long lasting benefits for us and the Nation.

The address to write to, please, is:

Department for The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Protected Landscapes Team,

Zone 1/09 Temple Quay House,

2 The Square, Temple Quay,



Or by email to

The deadline for getting our messages to The Secretary of State is March 16th.

For more information, please see the Fells To Dales Section of  Natural England’s Website 

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