Rural Diversification

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Rural Diversification:
The Lake District:
Farm Diversification:
In the Lake District, there are a number of ways in which farm diversification has taken place. For example, as the income that farmers receive has decreased, they have to creative new ways to make money. On way of doing this is when their sheep are clipped, although their fleece is poor quality and colour, they can sell it for loft insulation or carpets. Also, the Lake District has become a popular tourist destination and as a result of this, lots of farm diversification has taken place, such as gift shops such as ‘Kirk Allan’s gifts’ and ‘Grasemere Crafts’ in Ambleside. Lots of B&B’s have been created, such as ‘Amber Grove’ and ‘Hillsdale’, and farm parks have been set up too, like ‘Low Sizergh Barn’. Tourism:

There is a lot of tourism in the Lake District, and companies have been set up to take advantage of this, such as YHA Ambleside, which plans and leads a range of activity breaks. The activities that they have on offer are log, scenic walks, mountain and rock climbing, mountain biking, and a variety of water sports to do on the lakes. These were all set up as a result of tourism to the area. Internet:

Nowadays, lots of companies are using the internet to help further promote their services and to run their businesses. For example, many tourist based activities allow users to book activities online, such as ‘Adventure21’, another tourist activity company. Also, there is a similar idea with cottages and B&B’s, where the internet is being used for people to book accommodation. Advantages of TourismDisadvantages of tourism

-Trade for local shops-Road congestion in the neighbourhood

-Jobs for local people-Lack of parking spaces causes drivers to park in meadows -Spare buildings can be converted into accommodation-There may be problems with overuse of footpaths leading to soil erosion -A good source of income as visitors spend money-Jobs do not tend to be year round and the...
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