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15 May 2012

Lake District to receive spring clean

Visitors to the Lake District this summer will be able to enjoy their guided walking holidays around a clean and spruced up area.

Volunteers will gather this weekend (May 19th) to carry out a spring clean surrounding England's largest lake. Its islands and shoreline will also be given a bit of tender loving care before the main visitor season begins.

Titled "Winderclean", Lake Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside will be tidied, with litter being picked up along popular walking routes and their surrounding areas.

It is hoped that the project will improve the quality of the area for holidaymakers, who will then be keen to make return visits to the region in the future.

The Lake District is known for its excellent walking routes and stunning scenery, with Lake Windermere playing a large part in this.

If enough volunteers turn up, then the clean-up will also include destinations like Rydal, Grasmere, Skelwith and Troutbeck.

Among the groups coming together for Winderclean are the LDNPA lake rangers, Windermere Town Council, the National Trust and Cumbria Police.

Steve Tatlock, a park management ranger, said: "As ever we will provide all the kit needed to pick up litter in a safe manner, people just need to come with weather-appropriate clothing and loads of enthusiasm. All ages are able to take part and anyone under 16 is welcome if they bring an adult with them.

"Windermere is such a stunning and popular lake and if we all work together we can ensure that the lake area continues to look its best for the millions of visitors and local residents," he added.

Schools and community groups can also get involved in the clean-up, and they are being invited to contact LDNPA to register their interest.

Perhaps the first port of call for newcomers to the Lake District should be Brockhole, which is the region's visitor centre.

It is home to gardens which run down to the shores of Lake Windermere, along with adventure play facilities both indoors and out for the kids to enjoy.

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