Early results

It’s very exciting to see the questionnaires coming back in, up to nearly 350 responses so far which really is an amazing start.  Thanks so much to those who have filled it in and stopped to chat on my travels around the Lakes.  It is really great to see so many people interested in the survey and thinking about questions like what is the Lakes for and how could it be in the future.


Is this what the Lakes is about? Trees, lakes, boats, picnics… what is your Lake Distict for?

I can’t give too much away in terms of results so far – wouldn’t want to bias any future participants but a few observations:

Lost pens and the honesty of the nation

I have been in town centres, parks and visitor attractions across the Lakes handing out questionnaires and in most cases have had to provide a pen to the participants to take away, fill in the questionnaire and bring back.  So far, in four days of surveying I have only lost 4 pens!  The best location was Rheged were I didn’t lose a single one and I am afraid the worst was Brockhole where I lost three. However, overall, it has been really great to see how helpful people have been and how they will even go out of their way to return a completed questionnaire and pen.  At the rate of one pen lost a day this is considerably lower than the number of biros I lose a day when working at home.

Weather survey

I am also carrying out a high tech weather survey during my travels.  So far Rheged also scored the highest as I managed to get sun burnt in just under three hours of surveying.  Fell Foot park had the worst weather, meaning two spots of rain and having to wear a jacket for an hour!  Overall I’d say I’ve been pretty lucky and the Lakes is looking magnificent – if I had to chose somewhere to hang about in car parks all day handing out questionnaires I can’t think of a much better spot.

The project

Am looking at the updated stats every day and there are some really interesting things appearing about people’s preferences for scenarios, how people see the Lakes and how they may like to see it in the future. So keep the responses coming (you can take the survey online) and I look forward to sharing the results when the survey closes and all the analysis is done.



About domhall

I have spent the last 15 years juggling careers in education publishing, expedition leadership and safety training. It has involved a careful balancing act of dreams of expedition travel, a love of climbing, walking and the outdoors and the the realities of life - and the later has definitely come off worse. I've run an adventure travel and expedition training business and lived in the sometimes sunny Lake District. Having taken a year out to complete an MSc in Environmental Technology I am now working for The Conservation Volunteers, working on engaging communities in their local green spaces.
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