Cumbria and the Lakes Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Caroline Hardie, John Hodgson, Bette Hopkins, Miles Johnson, Caron Newman, Richard Newman, 2014

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Caroline Hardie, John Hodgson, Bette Hopkins, Miles Johnson, Caron Newman, Richard Newman (2014) Cumbria and the Lakes Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1028832

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Overview

For Cumbria, excluding the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 53 historic character areas were defined. These are of varying size with the largest being the Central Fells, equating to 628km2 and the smallest being Walney Island, equating to 10km2. Irrespective of size, each character area can be seen as forming a distinctive local landscape. Character areas were also defined for the Lake District in the joint LDNPA and Cumbria County Council report of 2007, The Cumbria Historic Landscape Characterisation Project: The Lake District National Park. Those with a boundary co-incident with the national park boundary have been altered when examined from a County perspective as a more complete view of the nature and extent of character areas is obtainable. Put simply, character areas only occasionally begin or end exactly at the national park boundary.