The Lake District Pound

The Lake District Pound (LD£) is our region's local currency. It's fun to own and to spend with attractive designs which celebrate the history, culture and heritage of the Lake District.

Famous Lake District Characters

The currency came into circulation on May 1st 2018. Lake District Pounds can be ordered in advance or obtained at most Post Offices and participating outlets in the Lake District. Spending with LD£ supports local busineses and when you leave you can change unused notes back into sterling. However, the fetching designs on the notes, which change annually, make these eminently collectable items and every pound that is collected rather than exchanged helps to fund local community and conservation projects through the work of Cumbria Community Foundation and the Lake District Foundation.

LD£ Passport

You can also get an LD£ Passport and follow the LD£ Passport Trail through the Lakes collecting stamps as you go - great for kids and for the kid inside all of us! You can obtain your passport from the post office and any exchange point. Stamps on the LD£ Passport Trail feature 30 different icons (with new ones arriving all the time), inspired by the Lake District's landscape and culture. Each icon can be found in 7 different colours, depending on the area you are exploring. Collect the sets during your holiday, or fill up your LD£ Passport over multiple visits. For more information about the Lake District's unique currency, including links for ordering collectors sets and passports, visit

LD£ 2019 notes

The 2019 designs feature more of the Lake District's iconic fells and on the reverse you will find famous Lake District characters such as Charlotte Mason, Beatrix Potter, Sir Chris Bonington, and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founders of the National Trust. Featured fells on this year's notes include Fairfield, Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks, Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.