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The Lake District (02:34)


This segment introduces viewers to the issues addressed in the original "Too Much Tourism." The environmental issues addressed in the 1996 film persist today.

Too Much Tourism? (05:16)

The Lake District was lonely wilderness with few inhabitants until the invention of trains and cars opened up the area for tourism. Tourism requires management.

The Lake Windermere Controversy (03:52)

The largest lake in England is in conflict with the tourist industry and environmentalists. During the late 1980s, there was a boom in the use of speedboats on the lakes. Conservationist did not like the peace and quiet being interrupted.

2016 Update: The Lake Windermere Controversy (01:09)

The ten mile per hour speed limit on Lake Windermere was imposed in 2005, with exemptions for special events on the lake. Some local businesses have suffered, but many others have benefited.

Blots on the Landscape? (06:05)

Jan Darrall of Friends of the Lake District explains how Hayes Garden World has grown commercially over time. She believes it is now out of scale with its surroundings and has made suggestions to make the business smaller.

2016 Update: Blots on the Landscape? (01:10)

Large supermarkets have arrived in Ambleside and there are plans for a power plant to run electricity lines. Critics say they could be run offshore. Developers have the right to appeal decisions against expansion.

Too Much Traffic? (05:19)

An Ambleside resident says people who live locally have delays imposed on them every day. Pollution has increased in the area. Local shops keep their doors open during business hours and have to breathe car exhaust.

Traffic Management (06:47)

In 1993, an attempt was made to free up congested roads when the Cumbria Tourist Board, County Council, National Park Authority, and the Countryside Commission got together.

Public Transport (02:22)

People agree that a good bus system in Ambleside would be used. Steamboats have been ferrying people around the lake for years. Les Micklethwaite describes how boats can be used as public transportation.

2016 Update: Public Transportation (00:60)

No bypass or relief road for Ambleside was built, despite an attempt to revive the plan in 2012. The Go Lakes project helped road congestion and encouraged visitors to use low emission cars.

Restrict Tourism? (07:07)

The tourist lobby is against any plan that would restrict tourist numbers. Adrian Marklew of the National Trust states that Europe is opening up to more tourism. He believes the Lake District still needs to attract people.

The Future (02:29)

More tourism is predicted for the future in Ambleside. Visitor numbers are booming at the zoo. There is an oasis holiday village still under construction; when completed it will bring more congestion and pressure to the area.

2016 Update: The Future (04:18)

Tourists come to the Lake District for natural scenery and man-made attractions like zip-wires. The line between the two types of amenities is blurred. Tourism means jobs and income for the local people, but government cuts led to the closure of some visitor centers.

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Too Much Tourism: The Lake District

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Looking at tourism in England's The Lake District, this program examines how to balance the needs of tourism with preserving the natural environment that the tourists are coming to see.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL128793

Copyright date: ©2016

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