A Cumbrian born and bred has been named Lake District National Park Authority's new chief executive.

Gavin Capstick will take over from Richard Leafe in October.

Mr Capstick joined the authority in 2018 as head of programmes and resources before becoming director of Visitor Services and Resources in 2022.

His background includes a strong public service experience which includes roles within Cumbria County Council, Capita, and Carlisle City Council in a range of policy, community service, and contract management roles.

He said: "I am incredibly proud to become the Lake District National Park’s new Chief Executive.

"As a Cumbrian born and bred, I’ve always been deeply passionate about the National Park and wider area and working for Authority has only grown my love for this special place.”

He has outlined three main goals he will be working towards, which are supporting nature recovery and agricultural transition, encouraging low-impact visiting, and helping people access and learn about the National Park and World Heritage Site.

The family man is passing on his love of cycling and walking to his children and they are on a mission to complete all 214 Wainwrights.

Mr Capstick said: "I’ve always had a love of the outdoors and I’m committed to protecting nature and promoting access to the National Park for our children and generations to come."

Between now and October, he will coordinate with Mr Leafe to ensure a smooth transition.

He will also meet with communities, businesses, staff, and partners within the National Park.

Tiffany Hunt, chair of the Lake District National Park Authority, said: "Following a rigorous selection process, Authority members were pleased to approve the appointment of Gavin as our new Chief Executive.

"We look forward to continuing to work with him as he leads the National Park from strength to strength."