Celebrating our 60th birthday
Your national treasure for 60 years
During World War II, as doodlebugs and flying rockets fell on London, the government was determined to protect and preserve the British countryside idyll so many people were fighting for.
In 1951, the Lake District National Park was created, and the National Park Authority to help look after it.
Please join us in our celebrations in 2011!
This is our life!
Our member Jeremy Rowan Robinson has written a fascinating account of the first 60 years of the Lake District National Park. Download it here:
Managing the Lake District National Park: the first 60 years (PDF) - 3.6MB filesize
What's coming up
Birthday extravaganza - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2011
Help us celebrate our birthday. Join us for a day of family fun including children's activities, talks, music and not forgetting cake!
Free event. Starts 11am. More details on 60th birthday extravaganza page.
Birthday week events
There's a range of activities on and around our birthday on 13 August, including children's activities, talks, walks and family events:
- Details of birthday walks including mystery caves and wonderful waterfalls
- Wasdale Wander birthday event details
The world in 1951
- A loaf of bread costs 6d - about 58p in today's money
- A cinema ticket costs 2d - around 21p in today's money
- The average house costs £2,100 - around £48,000 in today's money
- The Festival of Britain is held in London
- "All About Eve" wins Best Picture at the Oscars
- First colour television pictures broadcast in America
- Launch of Saga holidays
Turning 60 in 2011
- Antony Worrell Thompson - TV chef
- Bonnie Tyler - singer
- Bob Geldof - singer and humanitarian
- Chrissie Hynde - singer
- Geoffrey Rush - actor
- Gordon Brown - politician
- Jane Seymour - actress
- Kevin Whately - actor
- Phil Collins - singer
- Sting - singer
Then and now - Windermere lake
Statistics from the Freshwater Biological Association:
Surface water temperature: In 1951 was 9.9 degrees centigrade. In 2010 this rose to 10.9 degrees centigrade.
Average daily rainfall: in 1951 was 4.62 millimetres. In 2010 this dropped to 3.62 millimetres.
Total rainfall: in 1951 was 1683.26 millimetres. In 2010 the total was 1318.63 millimetres.
Maximum lake level - in metric feet above sea level: In 1951 it was 132.52 feet. In 2010 it was 133.58 feet.
Minimum lake level - in metric feet above sea level: In 1951 it was 128.14 feet. In 2010 it was 128.64 feet.