Lake District Pound Designs Revealed, Launching May 1st

The Lake District Pound has been given a lunach date of May 1st, 2018 - as the designs for the four notes have been revealed.

The project, headed and founded by Ken Royall from near Windermere, has been created to support local businesses and communities while enhancing the visitor experience for tourists. The notes hold an equivalent value to pound sterling at all times, can be used interchangably with the main currency and can be swapped back at any time at a participating business. The notes are also laden with security features and anti-counterfeit measures.

The real draw of the notes, however, is expected to be their collectible nature. The currency provides holders with an opportunity to take home a keepsake or two from their trip to the Lakes, with plans for regular visitors to be able to take advantage of new designs year-on-year. Visitors will also be able to snap up a Lake District 'passport' - where holders can collect distinctive visitor stamps as they visit different places in the region.

So onto the designs themselves:

  • The LD£1 note, following a theme of fun and adventure, depicts a young Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons and a scenic portrait of the Langdale Pikes.
  • In a nod to creativity and freedom, the LD£5 note features the well-known and respected author of the legendary pictorial guides to the Lakeland fells, Alfred Wainwright, Innominate Tarn and a portrait of the Skiddaw range.
  • The LD£10 embodies a theme of resilience and determination, with Wasdale fell runner Joss Naylor doing what she does best in front of a portrait view across Wastwater.
  • Love for the landscape, with artist John Ruskin, Dorothy and William Wordsworth and a view across Grasmere to Helm Crag completes the set of notes as the theme for the LD£20.

Mr Royall will officially launch the currency on May 1st, making the first-ever transaction as he boards the Ullswater to Glenridding steamer. To find out more about the project, you can visit