Protect the Lake District's World Heritage status

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One of the most beautiful and distinctive stretches of land near Little Langdale in the UK is being ruined by 4x4 cars and motorbikes that are devastating tracks, have forced a sheep farmer out of the area and are violating the terms of its World Heritage status. UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has asked the Lake District National Park to put an end to the use of off-road motor vehicles on these tracks, so has the National Trust. We have to protect this amazing landscape landscape.

We are a group of local residents and walkers. Some of us have lived here all our lives, and for the sheep farmers among us this land is our livelihood. It’s truly one of the most beautiful and serene landscapes in the country - and it’s heartbreaking to see the damage now being done to it.

The noise of these vehicles can be heard for miles in the valley, ruining the peace and tranquility of the area that were key reasons for it being recognised by UNESCO. The off-road vehicles have caused so much damage and interruption that a local sheep farmer has had to pack up and leave - and others could follow.

This stretch of land near Little Langdale was owned by Beatrix Potter and handed over to the National Trust in the 1930s and 40s to preserve it for future generations. Letting off-road vehicles ruin its beauty and tranquillity is doing a great disservice to her legacy.

The Lake District National Park Authority has the power to stop this. We are calling on them to protect this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site by imposing a Traffic Regulation Order to stop 4x4s and motorbikes from doing any further damage.

Please sign our petition to help preserve the Lake District’s natural beauty and World Heritage status by protecting it from 4x4s and motorbikes