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Work to begin on bigger Windermere visitor centre jetty

image captionThe visitors' centre was once the home of a wealthy Victorian family

A Lake District visitors' centre is to get an overhaul including a larger jetty to try to attract more tourists.

More than £800,000 is to be spent on upgrading Brockhole on Windermere, an historic country house.

The plan includes a bigger jetty to accommodate larger steamers and work will begin in the new year.

The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) owns the visitors' centre which has extensive gardens, a playground, cafe and gift shop.

Brockhole was once the holiday home of a wealthy Victorian family, the Gaddums.

Currently about 70,000 people a year visit the centre and it is hoped that figure will increase to 400,000 over the next few years, the LDNPA said.

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