Lake District Opts Out of Currency Union

By Gary Cutlack on at

A whole new bunch of bank notes are about to launch in the UK on May 1st, and these are going to be even harder to shift in a London Caffe Nero than a Scottish tenner – they're for the Lake District only.

The Lake District Pound designs have been revealed ahead of their launch next month, with headline local stars Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and the hilltop's friend Alfred Wainwright featuring on the hyper-local new currency.

It'll be spendable in any shops in the Lakes and Cumbria that have agreed to take it, with the exchange rate fixed at one LDP to one GBP, so it should be immune from the fluctuations of the currency markets. The catch being it's only for spending locally, to help keep visitor money in the area. Better still, if you want some just to have or as a present for a Lakes enthusiast, all money from the sale of the presentation sets goes to the Cumbria Community and Lake District foundations, where it'll be used to patch up the damage caused by millions of Merrell soles. [Lake District Pound via The Times]