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National Parks

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the estimated annual number of visitors in 1973 and 1974 in the national parks; and how many visitors went to the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and the Lake District in 1973 and 1974.

The number of visitors to the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales in 1974 has been estimated at 20 million and 8 million per annum respectively. A survey undertaken in 1973 suggested that the roads in the North York Moors catered for some 11 million people on recreational trips, but not all these journeys ended within the national park. No estimates are available for the Lake District or for all national parks.