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Old March 23rd, 2018, 11:03 AM   #121
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Historic ‘Gondola’ to relaunch on Coniston


CONISTON'S Steam Yacht Gondola will emerge from its winter hibernation on Saturday (March 24).

The boat's appearance also marks 40 years since the National Trust employed Vickers Shipbuilding Ltd of Barrow to undertake the task of surveying and assessing the wreck of Gondola.
Gondola was rebuilt in the late 70’s and continues to showcase the best of local skilled craftsmanship and engineering expertise to visitors from around the world.

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This is an interesting story. The opening of a fully accessible bothy which is apparently some 400 metres from the nearest car park. There is a discrepancy between the report and the Calvert Trust's website about how many people can be accommodated in the bothy, but what is impressive is how many different organisations helped out with the funding and construction of the bothy.

From Cumbria Crack:

"Official opening of refurbished Bowderstone Bothy

The Lake District Calvert Trust have announced that a celebratory official opening of their accessible Bowderstone Bothy will take place on Friday 20th April.

Over the last two years the Trust has been fundraising to redevelop their remote mountain bothy which is on a twenty-five year lease from the National Trust and situated next to the famous Bowderstone in the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’ near Grange."


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Old April 10th, 2018, 07:37 PM   #123
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More money for the Lake District.

From The News and Star

"£4.1 million National Lottery funding for Wordsworth Trust

Reimagining Wordsworth will see the Grasmere museum expanded and modernised.

The museum holds the finest collection of Wordsworth’s manuscripts anywhere in the world.

It will create a new gallery for special exhibitions and a community gallery for local artists, community groups and young people to showcase their work.

A rooftop viewing station will enable visitors to connect Wordsworth’s poetry to the landscape that inspired him.

People of all ages and abilities will be able to take part in year-round events and workshops in a new learning centre.

Conservation work will also be carried out in Dove Cottage."


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Old April 11th, 2018, 04:50 PM   #124
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Also posted in the Cumbria Transport topic

Just over two years on from the destruction of the bridge at Pooley Bridge and the building of a temporary replacement progress is being made with the replacement bridge, with construction possibly starting before the end of 2018. That will mean the road closing again for some time, but a footbridge will be provided during the construction work.

From the Cumbria County Council website.

"Contractor announced for Pooley Bridge design

A new bridge over the river Eamont at Pooley Bridge is a step closer today with the announcement that north west based Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd have been appointed as the contractor for the design of the replacement bridge...

Once final designs and costings have been sufficiently developed, a final decision will be required by the County Council on the appointment of the contractor for the remaining construction phase. Construction works are scheduled to commence on site by the end of 2018."


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Old April 25th, 2018, 09:28 AM   #125
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This from the News & Star,--



Lake District looks to the future with ‘driverless’ vehicles

The driverless pods, one of which is being brought to the Lake District on Friday as part of the study, are electric self-driving vehicles, meaning no driver or steering wheel is required.

STATE-OF-THE-ART self-driving vehicles are being considered as a sustainable transport alternative for the Lake District, with a driverless ‘pod’ being brought to Brockhole on Windermere to gain public feedback.

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Old May 2nd, 2018, 09:57 AM   #127
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Lake District currency is launched with special tour


THE Lake District is today launching its own local currency, as part of a private initiative which will create a unique visitor experience, drive trade to local businesses and raise money for charity.

Starting today (May 1) people will be able to begin spending the Lake District’s very own £LD1, £LD5, £LD10 and £LD20 notes in over 200 locally owned businesses.

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Old May 5th, 2018, 09:33 AM   #128
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This from the News & Star,---



Support for Lake District Pound project soars as 200 businesses back the project

The Lake District Pound was launched this week to promote the economy and charities in the area. Mark Green hears how the currency could boost business

In the past, £5 notes have been known as a 'Duke' and a 'Florence' after carrying pictures of the Duke of Wellington and Florence Nightingale.

Ten pound notes have been known as a 'Darwin' and a 'Charlie' (after Dickens).

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Old May 10th, 2018, 08:17 PM   #129
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Some high level work going on in the Lake District.

From a National Trust press release:

"National Trust revives the “world’s greatest war memorial”

Work to repair and rebuild the summit cairn on England’s highest mountain has begun as part of a commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Rangers for the National Trust will spend up to two weeks working on the summit of Scafell Pike as they rebuild the summit cairn, in the walls of which is a plaque marking Scafell Pike as a war memorial.

This is a major undertaking for the team of 7 rangers, who are camping on the peak while they carry out the work, which includes resetting the memorial plaque within the walls of the 7.5 metre wide cairn"


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Old May 20th, 2018, 08:08 AM   #130
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I was at the Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum yesterday (for the first time in 4 years) and noted some new railway tracks and construction going on. It transpires that an extension of the narrow gauge railway and the building of a new museum and cafe is underway, having been applied for in 2016 and finally approved (after conditions had been met) earlier this year. I have no idea why I never saw this mentioned in any of the local newspapers at the time.

Lake District National Park Authority planning application 7/2016/2157.

This is an excellent development for the museum as it makes the train journey longer with a long curving line to ease the gradients and a brand new museum building, the present one looking rather tired. Hopefully this will attract more visitors.

I love this place, but I have an interest in railways, industrial archaeology and geology, so I suppose I would. For anyone with an interest in narrow gauge steam I recommend the steam gala at the end of July: the sound of the locos working very hard as they climb into the quarry is amplified tremendously by the quarry faces. It is also the place to go for those interested in excavators of many kinds.

And the backdrops are quite good



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Old May 23rd, 2018, 09:59 AM   #131
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This from the News & Star,--



Outdoor company Patagonia backs bid to restore Lake District route hit by Storm Desmond


Virtual reality being used to help raise funds for Keswick-Threlkeld route


International outdoor company Patagonia is backing a high profile scheme to restore a well-known Lake District trail devastated by Storm Desmond.

The Lake District Foundation has been invited into Patagonia's store in Manchester city centre on Saturday to help raise funds and awareness of the campaign to restore the route between Keswick and Threlkeld.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Ou...92dd152a0e9-ds
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Old July 2nd, 2018, 09:58 AM   #132
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Concerns raised about Lakes local plan


A BORN and bred Kendal resident believes that the Lake District National Park Authority's (LDNPA) local plan focuses on 'commercialisation' rather than 'conservation'.

Dr Charles Kent Brooks, 78, is particularly concerned about 'overdimensioned' suggestions made in the plan for Kendal Fell.

Included in the proposals is canoeing, a zip wire, a climbing wall, a hotel apartments, retail units, offices, a visitor centre and cafe.

Read more http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co....es-local-plan/
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Old July 16th, 2018, 11:51 AM   #133
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


World Heritage Site one year on: 'An opportunity for everybody'


ONE year on from the Lake District being granted World Heritage Site status, key figures in the area, along with the organisations behind the bid, have praised the positive impact that the inscription has made.

On July 9 last year the Lake District joined some of the world’s most iconic locations, including Hadrian’s Wall and the Taj Mahal, receiving international acclaim as a world-class cultural landscape.

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Old July 29th, 2018, 10:39 AM   #134
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Calls for Lake District National Park boundary changes


Councillors have called for other locations to be included
Calls have been made to extend the National Park boundaries to bring a host of benefits to south Copeland towns and villages.

The proposals, recommended by Millom councillors as part of the Lake District National Park Authority's Local Plan, would see greater environmental protection and better businesses for the area.

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The Lake District fell measures up as a mountain


Ordnance Survey will have to alter its Land Ranger and Explorer maps to mark the new recorded height of Miller Moss
Miller Moss had always been classed as a hill. But it has just become a mountain.

Miller Moss - also known as Little Lingy Hill - lies in the northern fells between Wigton and Keswick.

It was marked on Ordnance Survey maps as 609 metres high (1,998 feet).

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Old September 17th, 2018, 10:16 PM   #136
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And still the Storm Desmond repairs go on. Work has just started on replacing two bridleway bridges swept away almost three years ago!

From a Lake District National Park Authority new item:

"Flood Recovery Rangers building bridges at Troutbeck Ford


A team of flood recovery rangers from the Lake District National Park have begun work to reinstate two popular bridleway bridges at Troutbeck Ford near Windermere, which were damaged during Storm Desmond.

Work started on 14 September and is likely to be completed in December.

This work will improve paths for walkers, reinstate links for cyclists and horse riders in the area and open up the popular route once again.

The river has been impassable since the damage to the bridges and the diversion in place stops users being able to access one of the most scenic routes from Windermere to the Troutbeck area and up to Kentmere and the surrounding fells."


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Old September 25th, 2018, 11:49 AM   #137
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More than £90,000-worth of Lake District Pounds in circulation


Lake District Pounds can now be spent at around 350 local businesses across Cumbria
More than £90,000-worth of Lake District Pounds are now in circulation.

The community initiative was launched in May and aims to help locals and visitors enjoy Cumbrian culture, support local businesses and help look after the area’s landscapes and communities.

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Lakeland Festival of Light illuminates Cumbria's Fleetwith Pike


MORE than 40 hardy fundraisers pulled on their walking boots to perform a stunning spectacle on the side of a Cumbrian fellside.

The Lakeland Festival of Light event team were in the Buttermere valley with Fleetwith Edge, the north west facing ridge of Fleetwith Pike, illuminated as night fell.


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Old November 8th, 2018, 09:20 PM   #139
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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."


Full story at http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/R...7ba9d7deaf1-ds
Permission granted for this, which surprised me given the previous refusals. Apparently the planning officers recommended refusal but the committee members voted to approve anyway.

From the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald:

"Controversial zip wire plan gets the go-ahead

HONISTER Slate Mine has been granted permission for a 1,035-metre long zip wire in the Lake District national park — subject to conditions being agreed.

The park authority’s development control committee sitting in Kendal on Wednesday voted 7-3 in favour of granting permission for the development.

Planning officers had recommended refusal on the grounds that while the zip wire would not impact on the landscape, the people using it would.

However, some committee members argued that Honister was heavily industrialised and not a place where visitors sought peace and tranquility.

The mine, on a remote mountain pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere, had previously been refused permission for a zip wire in 2011 and 2012."


Full story at http://www.cwherald.com/a/stories/co...ad.494282.html
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Old November 21st, 2018, 07:47 PM   #140
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I recall this sale of Keswick Moot Hall being announced some years ago but I had no idea that there had been such a long delay in it happening.

According to the Times and Star the sale has finally been agreed today:

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Iconic Keswick building sold

Keswick's iconic Moot Hall has been sold.

Allerdale council’s executive agreed today to sell the building to the Battersby Hall Trust, ensuring it remains as a building for the community to use.

The decision to sell the Grade Two listed three-storey building, on Market Square, was originally agreed in 2015. However, during routine maintenance it was discovered that the building needed extensive repair work to be carried out before any sale could be completed.
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