With the official school summer holidays now underway, visitors to the Lake District, Cumbria are being urged to plan and book ahead to make the most of their post-lockdown staycations.

From Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses to campsites and cottages, accommodation providers across one of the country’s top rural visitor destinations have been working hard to prepare for the return of guests to a diverse region which takes in coast, countryside, lakes and mountains – not to mention two World Heritage Sites.

To help keep everyone safe and ensure this world-class landscape stays in tip top condition for the benefit of all, people heading to The Lake District, Cumbria are being encouraged to do their research and head for designated locations which have the official ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark. There’s a particular call for campers and motorhome owners to book only onto designated sites, as wild camping and parking overnight at unofficial sites aren’t permitted.

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ seal of approval means a business is following Government and public health guidance, has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and has all the processes in place to safeguard staff and visitors alike.

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Alongside plenty of ideas and inspiration on Cumbria Tourism’s new look website visitlakedistrict.com, the Government’s new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ discounts will help visitors subsidise overnight stays and extended summer getaways in the coming weeks.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, says, “Regular visitors to the region will know we’re blessed to have one of the most diverse and spacious parts of the country, while people who haven’t been here before may be less familiar with the huge range of attractions and hidden gems to explore which take them off the beaten track. Either way, it’s vital to plan your stay beforehand and know exactly where you will be going.”

She adds, “Businesses really have been working flat out to ensure people feel safe and reassured, and in turn, visitors know that the support they give to accommodation providers and attractions this summer will help put money back into an industry that supports 65,000 jobs in this stunning part of the UK.”

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority says, “We know how important the national park is to people’s health and wellbeing, particularly at the moment, and we welcome all visitors to the Lake District, however we do ask that people visit us responsibly.

“Our tourism and hospitality providers have been working hard to be able to offer that warm Lake District welcome, while keeping their staff and customers safe. They’ve had a couple of weeks to get used to operating post lockdown and are ready for the summer season. We’d encourage visitors to support our local businesses and accommodation wherever possible during their stay.

“Please plan ahead to avoid the busy spots using saferlakes.co.uk, take all your litter away with you, stick to the social distancing guidelines and enjoy exploring the Lake District this summer.

 “We’ve seen an increase in people camping and parking overnight in various areas of the park. Please remember that you must have landowner’s permission and avoid camping in car parks or laybys or near farm buildings or livestock. Please use campsites which have the facilities you need.”

It’s time to enjoy the Lake District, Cumbria. Be inspired and book your stay at visitlakedistrict.com  LLook out for the ’Good to Go’ logo as your mark of assurance.

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