In a new, three-part series for BBC Two this autumn, Simon Reeve explores the idyllic Lake District and its vast surrounding county of Cumbria.
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Visited by 20 million people each year, the Lakes hold a unique place in British life. 40,000 people live within the park’s borders, most of them earning a living from tourism, hospitality, and farming.
Simon discovers that what feels like a timeless and serene landscape is also fascinatingly complex, where environmental issues like energy and climate sit alongside social issues such as inequality and post-industrial decline.
Simon meets the locals and visits the lesser-known parts of the county, to examine some of the crucial matters at the heart of Cumbria and its future.
Transmission details will be announced in due course.