The Lake District

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

The National Parks are Britain's most treasured landscapes, but they are increasingly becoming battlefields. They were designated 60 years ago as places for everyone, but is that still the case? In this series the award-winning filmmaker Richard Macer spent a year amid conflicts in three different parks, on a journey to discover who they are really for.

In each park (the other two are the Peak District and Loch Lomond) the stories are very different, but there is something that unites them all - fiercely divided communities who are prepared to fight in order to preserve their right to enjoy the countryside. In each film Macer has secured access to the National Park Authority - an organisation which looks after the landscapes and decides upon planning matters. In all these stories the Park Authorities have a key role to play in trying to find amicable solutions to the problems which confront them.

In the Lake District, entrepreneur Mark Weir wants to build a giant zip-wire ride from the top of a beautiful, remote mountain. But what chance does it have of getting permission when there are over 400 objectors to it? Tragically, Mark is killed in an accident during filming and never lives to see if his zip-wire becomes a reality.

  • Mark Weir at Lake District

    Mark Weir at Lake District

Credits

Director
Richard Macer
Director
Richard Macer
Producer
Richard Macer
Producer
Richard Macer
Executive Producer
Chris Durlacher
Executive Producer
Chris Durlacher
Photographer
Ben Barden
Photographer
Ben Barden

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