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Old August 9th, 2017, 10:09 AM   #81
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Lakes beauty spot named as one of best places for a picnic in the UK



TARN Hows near Coniston has been named the 11th best picnic spot in the UK, with Fell Foot Park, near Newby Bridge, just missing out on a top 20 place.

An expert panel of parents and travellers created the shortlist based on views, facilities, parking, and accessibility.

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This from the News & Star,--

Lake District World Heritage status and Euro value could bring tourist boost




Lake District World Heritage status and Euro value could bring tourist boost

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway mascot La'al Ratty

World Heritage Status and high-value Euros mean a top Cumbrian tourist attraction is expecting bumper demand for the rest of the summer holidays.

Leaders at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway believe that the Lake District's new profile - along with strong Euro to pound conversion rates - mean an influx of visitors.

The long narrow gauge railway is encouraging families to take advantage of a number of initiatives they have on, including "Kids Go Free" Fridays throughout the rest of this month as well as September 1.

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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Lake District named one of happiest places in UK



THE LAKE District is one of the United Kingdom's happiest places according to a survey carried out by the Serviced Apartments Company (SACO).

The area came second in the poll to find out where Britons have had the happiest holiday memories.

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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

PODIUM: World Heritage Site status will bring many benefits to the Lake District



I STILL find it difficult to think of the English Lake District as a World Heritage Site. When I walk, talk, or drive, I'm still smiling. Will I ever get over it? I hope not!

Strangely, I'd never considered being at the 41st World Heritage Committee, until I arrived in Krakow. Its global significance shouted from all directions; flags lining the streets, rooftop police marksmen and attending ambassadors and dignitaries from a vast array of countries.

I was humbled and honoured to represent the Lake District and its Partnership. This was the United Nations in operation, coming together to celebrate world assets transcending political and geographic boundaries.

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 11:03 AM   #85
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

WALK: one of the Lake District's grandest objects



ACCORDING to Alfred Wainwright, Blencathra is “one of the grandest objects in the Lake District,” writes JOHN EDMONDSON. This circular ramble goes from Mungrisdale and visits this popular fell and three more Wainwrights. The village name, which is pronounced ‘mun-grize-dale,’ means valley where young pigs graze. 'Porklings' no longer run wild on these fell slopes but on a clear day there are spectacular views and the route is easy to follow.

Park at the roadside between Beckside and Mungrisdale and start from the village hall. Map reference NY 363 301, postcode CA11 0XR.

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Four people needed rescuing on Scafell after taking drugs

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Old September 25th, 2017, 09:13 AM   #87
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Yeah saw this report on local TV----it's the rescuers I feel for,--they are putting there own lives on the line.
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Old November 16th, 2017, 09:22 PM   #88
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I think this is the best place for this story as all the schemes mentioned are in the Lake District although the report states "for Cumbria", which could imply some of the schemes not mentioned are outwith the National Park.

From the Cumberland News:

"£10m hydro power schemes for Cumbria



Almost 100 years after it was first tried, hydro-electric power is returning to a tourist honeypot.

The old turbine at Watendlath is to be replaced as part of a £10million green power project by the National Trust in Cumbria.

It is one of 10 projects planned for the county over the next three years.

They are part of a national programme to invest £33m in 43 projects to help the charity generate 50 per cent of our energy from renewable energy sources by 202 0

The original Watendlath unit was built in 1920 to provided electricity before the hamlet was served by the National Grid, but has not been operational for decades."


The full story at http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/news...1bca205ed47-ds is well worth a read. It seems logical to use the plentiful running water to be found in Cumbria to generate electricity on a smallish scale without the expense of dams.

Ever the inquisitive sort, I went hunting around online and found this interesting article from The National Trust about the Hause Gill scheme above Honister.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bor...o-power-scheme
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Old November 17th, 2017, 11:06 AM   #89
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I think this is the best place for this story as all the schemes mentioned are in the Lake District although the report states "for Cumbria", which could imply some of the schemes not mentioned are outwith the National Park.

From the Cumberland News:

"£10m hydro power schemes for Cumbria



Almost 100 years after it was first tried, hydro-electric power is returning to a tourist honeypot.

The old turbine at Watendlath is to be replaced as part of a £10million green power project by the National Trust in Cumbria.

It is one of 10 projects planned for the county over the next three years.

They are part of a national programme to invest £33m in 43 projects to help the charity generate 50 per cent of our energy from renewable energy sources by 202 0

The original Watendlath unit was built in 1920 to provided electricity before the hamlet was served by the National Grid, but has not been operational for decades."


The full story at http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/news...1bca205ed47-ds is well worth a read. It seems logical to use the plentiful running water to be found in Cumbria to generate electricity on a smallish scale without the expense of dams.

Ever the inquisitive sort, I went hunting around online and found this interesting article from The National Trust about the Hause Gill scheme above Honister.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bor...o-power-scheme

Makes good sense to me,--making good use of Natural resources seems like a good scheme,---cheers.
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From the Times and Star

"£100,000 fundraising appeal launched to help fix popular Scafell Pike paths



An appeal has been launched to raise £100,000 to help ‘fix’ England’s highest mountain as part of a national campaign.

The Fix the Fells project, which repairs and maintains upland paths throughout the Lake District, wants to raise the money for work on Scafell Pike.

The appeal is part of the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign, a national scheme led by The British Mountaineering Council which hopes to raise £1 million for Britain’s 15 national parks.

The mountain is under pressure from the number of visitors and severe weather, with erosion a constant problem."


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Old November 28th, 2017, 06:33 PM   #91
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This one could be controversial.

From the Cumberland & Westmorland Gazette:

"Plans for Thirlmere zip wire revealed

A PLANNING application has been submitted for eight zip wires at Thirlmere and a major series of cycleway improvements.

The proposal seeks to allow an estimated 66,000 visitors a year to fly over the reservoir on zip wires measuring 3,280ft (1,000m) long, and 3,937ft (1,200m) long.

Participants would take off 280m up on the eastern side and travel to the western shore. They would then be transported 357 metres up the western side below Fisher Crag, and return by zip wires to the eastern side above the A591.

The application has been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority by agents representing Mike Turner, managing director of Tree Top Trek, Brockhole.

The business would be based at Swirls car park. It would require a small extension to the toilets to create a reception area and changing facility, along with 65 additional car parking spaces."


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Old November 30th, 2017, 09:15 PM   #92
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The repair work after Storm Desmond continues.

Despite it being opposite the Mungrisdale Village Hall car park I had never used the previous bridge, all my walks in the area using different routes onto and off the fells.

From the Cumberland News:

"Lake District bridge breakthrough after Storm Desmond



Flood recovery work across the Lake District has reached an important milestone.

The National Park is celebrating its 50th bridge repair, with the project running ahead of schedule.

Rangers who are carrying out the work updated funders at Mungrisdale, near Caldbeck, where the 50th bridge has been completed.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is providing £3m towards the national park's Routes to Resilience programme.

Routes to Resilience was set up after an estimated £5.8million of damages were caused to the Public Right of Way network by Storm Desmond almost two years ago in December 2015."


Full story, including more pictures and a video at http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/news...b4a3e94468f-ds
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Old December 9th, 2017, 10:32 AM   #93
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This one could be controversial.

From the Cumberland & Westmorland Gazette:

"Plans for Thirlmere zip wire revealed

A PLANNING application has been submitted for eight zip wires at Thirlmere and a major series of cycleway improvements.

The proposal seeks to allow an estimated 66,000 visitors a year to fly over the reservoir on zip wires measuring 3,280ft (1,000m) long, and 3,937ft (1,200m) long.

Participants would take off 280m up on the eastern side and travel to the western shore. They would then be transported 357 metres up the western side below Fisher Crag, and return by zip wires to the eastern side above the A591.

The application has been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority by agents representing Mike Turner, managing director of Tree Top Trek, Brockhole.

The business would be based at Swirls car park. It would require a small extension to the toilets to create a reception area and changing facility, along with 65 additional car parking spaces."


Full story at http://www.cwherald.com/a/stories/pl...ed.479533.html
As expected, the planned attraction has not gone down well.

From the News and Star

"Zip wire plans criticised by charity



Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek unveiled its vision to create a new attraction, dubbed Thirlmere Activity Hub, in July.

It would feature two zip lines and an 18km-long family-friendly cycle way and would be located within the managed forestry around Thirlmere, with the lines stretching from one side of the lake to the other.

Friends of the Lake District believes the application is at odds with planning policies to protect the landscape and promote tourism.

It also expressed concerned over traffic and visitor management and said the project would impact on the 'beauty and tranquility' of the Thirlmere Valley and set a precedent for more commercial development in the area.

It plans to formally respond to the application before Christmas."


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Old December 14th, 2017, 08:38 PM   #94
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Some support for the zip wire proposals, to counter the opposition.

From the Times and Star (and using the same picture as seen above)

"Backing for Lake District zip wire plans

Plans for a zip wire attraction at Thirlmere have been backed by two major Cumbrian organisations.

Treetop Trek unveiled its vision to create a new attraction, dubbed Thirlmere Activity Hub, in July.

It would feature two zip lines and an 18km family-friendly cycle way and would be located within the managed forestry around Thirlmere, with the lines stretching from one side of the lake to the other.

Treetop Trek said the plans had been backed by Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District Park Partnership Business Task Force and claimed the project would boost the county's tourism industry and local economy out of season, with 52 per cent of its business being done during off-peak months."


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Some support for the zip wire proposals, to counter the opposition.

From the Times and Star (and using the same picture as seen above)

"Backing for Lake District zip wire plans

Plans for a zip wire attraction at Thirlmere have been backed by two major Cumbrian organisations.

Treetop Trek unveiled its vision to create a new attraction, dubbed Thirlmere Activity Hub, in July.

It would feature two zip lines and an 18km family-friendly cycle way and would be located within the managed forestry around Thirlmere, with the lines stretching from one side of the lake to the other.

Treetop Trek said the plans had been backed by Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District Park Partnership Business Task Force and claimed the project would boost the county's tourism industry and local economy out of season, with 52 per cent of its business being done during off-peak months."


Full story at http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/B...783bce5307e-ds
I think there was always going to be those for and against this proposal,---and people on both sides will have merit,----so it's wait and see,--cheers.
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Old December 22nd, 2017, 05:30 PM   #96
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Another story about this in the News and Star, basically highlighting the opposition to it from The Open Spaces Society

"Britain's oldest national conservation body has joined mounting opposition to plans for a zip wire in the Lake District.

The Open Spaces Society says plans to stretch eight cables across the lake, with take-off and landing points and gantries, would "make Thirlmere into Zipper-mere".

The scheme, planned by Treetop Trek and dubbed Thirlmere Activity Hub, would feature two zip lines and an 18km-long family-friendly cycle way and would be located within the managed forestry around Thirlmere, with the lines stretching from one side of the lake to the other.

Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the society, said: "The development would dominate this splendid landscape and destroy its peace."

The society argues the work would be a major development and go against the Lake District National Park Authority's statutory purpose to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the national park."


Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Th...d5b8075d4a3-ds
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Old January 9th, 2018, 12:43 PM   #97
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More zip wire news.

From In-Cumbria

"Defence bosses say Lake District zipwire would be a hazard to low-flying fighter jets

THE Ministry of Defence has objected to controversial plans for a zipwire across a main road and reservoir in the Lake District.

As part of the planning process, various organisations are being consulted, including the Ministry of Defence, which uses the Lake District as a training area for low-flying jets and aircraft.

The MOD has responded to the consultation and has registered its objection to the plans.

In a letter submitted to the LDNPA, assistant safeguarding officer Di Sylvester from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said the zip line "poses a risk to low flying operations due to military aircraft not being able to readily identify wires or safely navigate away from them"".


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And more zip wire news, this time an old plan revived.

Perhaps I am a bit cynical, but having had previous applications turned down it seems convenient that this time it is claimed that the zip wire is necessary for stone extraction at Honister.

From the Times and Star:

"Revived plans for zip wire at Lake District mine

Plans for a zip wire at Honister Slate Mine have been resubmitted.

Two previous schemes to run a wire more than 1000m down the side of Fleetwith Pike have been turned down by Lake District planners but the latest is also needed to help recover tonnes of stone from the mine.

The Lake District National Park Authority has confirmed a third application has now been lodged.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: "We have received the application and it is just in the process with the planning team at the moment."

The application is yet to appear in the online portal but is soon due to be published."


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Another story to remind us just how much damage was caused by Storm Desmond.

I hope that the appeal is successful. A round trip from Keswick up to the top of Latrigg, down the other side to Threlkeld and then back to Keswick along the old railway is a fine walk.

From the Lake District Foundation website:

https://lakedistrictfoundation.org/k...-to-threlkeld/

"KESWICK TO THRELKELD RAILWAY PATH

Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse.
Since Storm Desmond in 2015, around half of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Multi User Trail (MUT) has been out of action, impacting on thousands of local people and visitors who enjoy the route every year. The Lake District National Park (LDNP) prioritised reconnecting this route, however it is a complex, major project that requires significant work.

The LDNP has successfully secured a commitment of £2.5 million from Highways England towards the £5.4 million projected total cost of the project.

Lake District Foundation will be playing a leading role in raising the £3 million shortfall.

We will be working to secure funding from grant programmes and encouraging local businesses, visitors and residents to play a part in this exciting project."


Cumberland & Westmorland Herald story about this
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