Young boy enjoying Brockhole Visitor Centre adventure playground

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:

The world in 1951

Turning 60 in 2011

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.

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