National Grid plans for giant pylons around the Duddon Estuary: where we are now


Move the Park Boundary to Remove the Pylon Threat

A new proposal to extend the southern boundary of the Lake District National Park could offer greater protection from the threat of giant pylons should the doomed Moorside nuclear power plant project ever be revived.



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You can also attend a ‘community conversation’ event to view and discuss the proposal.

These are drop-in events with information and maps available for study. People will be there to answer any questions you may have. Please check the Friends of the Lake District website for changes and additional dates.

From 2016 communities around the Duddon estuary – outside the Lake District National Park – were threatened with 50 metre high pylons and multiple cables ruining the landscapes.  The pylons were proposed by National Grid as the preferred method of connecting electricity generated by the planned Moorside nuclear power plant. 

After a successful multi-stakeholder campaign  National Grid conceded to take the connection underground through the western section of the Lake District National Park along the coast from Ravenglass to Silecroft.

In late 2018, after failed attempts to finance Moorside, Toshiba announced that it was winding up Nugen, its subsidiary that was to construct the power station.   At the same time the National Grid connection project was also cancelled as it was no longer required.

Other potential constructors did come forward but were unable to progress the project at the time. It is therefore possible that Moorside – or a similar project requiring an electricity connection – could still be revived.  We believe an extended Lake District National Park would significantly reduce the threat of giant pylons.