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Over forty Upper Eden businesses attended a Business Networking Event organised by the Upper Eden Future and Kirkby Stephen Town Forum groups in Kirkby Stephen on Thursday 19 January to discuss how the proposed National Park extension may bring economic opportunities to the area.

Upper Eden Future member Sir Martin Holdgate chaired the event at the King’s Arms in Kirkby Stephen. Speakers were Jack Ellerby of Friends of the Lake District, highlighting evidence that National Park status was good news for business, and Kyle Blue Orton Parish Chairman speaking on behalf of supportive businesses who could see their turnover increase by between 10 and 20%.


Welcome to the Westmorland Fells Group homepage. Our site celebrates this very distinctive and beautiful part of Westmorland, Cumbria. Our group believe that our area’s inclusion in the National Park system  would be broadly more beneficial than harmful to our residents and

businesses by being economically stimulative and protective for this delightful area of English countryside.  Characterised by sweeping views and broad skies, with wild fell-sides and free roaming fell ponies and sheep, limestone pavements and screes, moors, tarns, working farms, businesses, and pretty villages of Carboniferous limestone and sandstone nestling in the fertile valleys and fells. The area has great charm and our residents and visitors are understandably fond of it. We now have a rare opportunity to participate in the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

 Ours is the sort of landscape that is impressive in all weathers and throughout the seasons. It draws photographers, cyclists, coast-to-coast walkers, fishermen, bird watchers and other nature lovers and touring drivers, but not in the sort of numbers that can’t be absorbed by the scale of the scenery, the friendly local pubs and guest houses and the multitude of footpaths, bridle-ways and open moors that offer mind-cleansing vistas and the unspoiled 360° views that are increasingly rare these days.