HIKERS in the Lake District will soon be able to make use of an outdoor changing area which is being built in Ambleside.

Plans approved to create outdoor changing areas for hikers in Lake District beauty spot

HIKERS in the Lake District will soon be able to make use of an outdoor changing area which is being built in Ambleside.

The Lake District National Park Authority has approved the plans, submitted by the National Trust, to create six cubicles surrounded by screening made of hazel wood at Stickle Ghyll car park.

The changing areas will also have rope drying lines for the use of walkers and larger parties such as the dozens of school and community groups that visit Ambleside daily.

The move comes after local councillors voiced concern that a lack of facilities would often lead to groups setting up changing tents in the car park.

“This is not ideal for these groups in terms of safety (i.e. proximity to vehicles) and safeguarding but can also impact other visitors as a result of it being unsightly and in the way of a number of walking routes,” a submitted statement on design and access said.

“The aim of this small project is to create a low-key changing and equipment area that helps solves some of the above issues and in turn improve the experience for both the organised groups and general visitors.”

Sitting at the head of Lake Windermere, Ambleside is one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District – a region which attracts more than 18 million visitors a year.

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