Routes to Resilience

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panoramic view of the Lake District

the Lake District – on our most visited and important tourist draws

This is the rather pretentious name that has given by the government to its plans to support those areas of Cumbria flooded last winter.

Trails and footpaths have received a £4 million boost to repair flood damage caused by Storm Desmond last December

The Cumbria Countryside Access Fund will help reinstate and improve public rights of way across the lake District and rural Cumbria, reopening connections between rural towns and villages, and making it easier for visitors to explore attractions and long-distance trails on foot.

In addition, the Rural Payments Agency has awarded a total of £3 million to repair the Lake District National Park’s network of walking trails and another million will be spent on further work in rural areas of Cumbria outside the National Park.

These grants will boost tourist confidence that the Lake District is back open for business, as well as benefiting Cumbrian residents. According to Cumbria Tourism, in 2015, the county’s 43 million visitors brought £2.62 billion to the local economy and created the equivalent of 35,000 full time jobs.

It turned out to be a record summer but how much better might it have been if many of the things visitors come to the Lake District to see had been improved and repaired before the main tourist season?

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, has been quoted as saying that the money would allow them to launch their recovery programme that will not only reconnect flood-damaged public rights of ways, but also make them more robust and resilient for the future.

By acting in this way, the government has shown a commitment to tourism rather than just the words that politicians often use. Destinations will hope that where tragedies occur in the future such as weather inflicted damage, the government will also realise the tourism implications for the local economy and provide funds.

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