The chief executive of the Lake District National Park urged people not to “rush back” to the area, telling would-be visitors to “consider and respect the local communities”.

Richard Leafe told the BBC: “We are putting in place, for those people who insist on coming this weekend, a system whereby you can check to see how full the car parks in the Lake District are when you arrive so that you can go to one where hopefully there is a bit of space and you are able to get out.

“But my main point would be please don’t travel for the moment to the Lake District because of the impact you will have on the local communities here.”

In a statement posted on the National Trust website earlier this week, the organisation said that it was ‘looking forward to welcoming visitors back’ and planned to open large car parks to enable the public to ‘access fresh air, open space and nature’.

From Monday May 18, the public will be able to book car park spaces on the National Trust website.


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