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Should visitor numbers to the Lake District national park be controlled?

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Geography essay- should visitor numbers to the Lake District national park be controlled? The Lake District is an area of spectacular natural beauty and tranquillity. It is located in the North of England near Kendal. Its wide range of physical environment offers both peaceful holidays and the opportunity to for activity breaks. The national park has a number of different physical landscapes, which include: coastal areas, deciduous woodland and mountains with fast flowing streams. There are a wide range of ecosystems including both freshwater and saltwater habitats, heath land and a variety of grassland communities. Scientists particularly benefit from the area, as there are over one hundred sites of special scientific interest and a number of national nature reserves. Another appealing factor is the number of small semi-rural settlements, which have many attractive buildings with historical links. The National Park Authority is the local government body, appointed to look after the land. There purposes are: To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and heritage of the lake district; to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of The National park and to foster the economic and social well being of local communities within the park. ...read more.

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Due to this, animals are likely to die and a majority of the cattle have to be slaughtered. As you can imagine, this is most devastating for the farmers as they lose livestock and a lot of money. Despite the above reasons to limit the amount of visitors, we must consider and appreciate the fact that tourism does have certain positive inputs. For instance, when tourists visit, they often need places to eat/ sleep etc. They often buy little souvenirs and generally just spend money and make the National Park richer. On average day visitors spend ten pounds eighty per day. Staying visitors spend a great thirty- three pounds eighty two per day. Also, as of tourists, more catering companies, hotels, shops etc, are opened, and so, more jobs are available for the locals. Admittedly, many of these jobs are part time and this can mean average yearly incomes are low. However thirty- three and a half percent (compared to the six percent nationally) of residents work in the retailing, transport or catering companies. Twenty- nine percent of residents work in the service industry. Therefore, we can see that tourism is vital to the residents of the National Lake District. ...read more.

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So they think visitors should be controlled. Others, enjoy hiking as they like to take of in the car and decide where there going on the spur of the moment, and feel if visitors were limited they would be restricted to when they could go and it would be too much hassle. The ramblers do want the natural beauty to be preserved, yet do still want to be able to visit when they desire. I think that the number of visitors to the National Park should not be limited. Yet, I do feel it should be managed in a more appropriate way. It is clear that tourists are over crowding and causing pollution, littering, damaging areas and what not. However, although the area should not completely rely on tourism as explained above, I do think that is necessary and very important for the Lake District National Park to have the tourists, after all they do bring a lot of money and lead to making more jobs available. Everyone should have the chance and opportunity to experience the view and tranquillity of the area. There needs to be some sort of system where visitor numbers can be monitored to ensure that the park would not be put under so much pressure that the overall beauty is destroyed. I'm sure it could be done. ...read more.

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