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Old April 8th, 2019, 03:17 PM   #161
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It looks like the Ullswater Way, created in 2016, has been a victim of its own success and plenty of money is needed to repair some of the paths used. Not surprising, really, as Ullswater is a beautiful area, probably my favourite part of the Lake District. Having gained much pleasure from the paths around the area in the past (and maybe in the future as well) I think I shall be contributing a little bit to this fund.

From the Lake District Foundation Website:

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THE ULLSWATER WAY FUND

The LDF Ullswater Way Fund specifically cares for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage surrounding England’s second largest lake.

We are running a campaign throughout April and May to generate funds ahead of the busy tourism season.

Ongoing path maintenance work is required to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and help to maintain the general upkeep to ensure the path is litter free.
Full story with images at https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.o...ater-way-fund/
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Old April 11th, 2019, 09:32 PM   #162
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I was in Pooley Bridge yesterday and took a few pictures of the temporary bridge which is due to be removed in autumn:

There are two large notice boards, one at each end of the bridge, giving details of the ongoing bridge replacement process



With a large sign confirming that the current bridge is temporary



From the Pooley Bridge village side of the bridge there seems to be something of a dip in the middle:





The dip seems not to be so noticeable from the opposite bank of the river:



The view from the bridge is quite good!



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Pooley Bridge was the start of a walk to Aira Force. When I have finished sorting the wheat from the chaff I might post a few more images on here.
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Some very good photos there annie,---it's been quite a while since we were last at those areas,----but still nice to see them,---cheers.
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A new boat is coming to Windermere, larger in capacity than those currently working on the lake.

From a Windermere Lake Cruises Press release:

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Windermere Lake Cruises sign contract for new 300-seat boat

MV ‘Swift’ is expected to be in service from the mid 2020 season, making it the largest craft to be ‘launched’ onto Windermere for more than 80 years.

The new vessel has been designed to operate in all seasons, 364 days a year and will increase the quality of the visitors’ experience thanks to 21st century quality, comfort and accessibility. Like Windermere Lake Cruises’ existing flagship ‘steamers’ MV Swan and MV Teal, the new vessel will boast three decks but will be slightly shorter in length to enable it to access smaller jetties to help support other businesses in the area.

The first cutting of the steel took place on 9 April 2019, with construction expected to be complete in approximately 17 months.
Full press release with images of the new boat at https://www.windermere-lakecruises.c...-300-seat-boat
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Old May 18th, 2019, 11:13 AM   #165
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This from the News & Star,--


Instagram maps could be used to drive donations for the Lake District


Projects set up to care for parts of the northern and western Lake District could soon begin to benefit from the development of an “Instamap” of Cumbria’s most picturesque locations – an idea which is hoped will become a big-hit with users of the social media platform, Instagram.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...lake-district/
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Old May 29th, 2019, 05:36 PM   #166
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It looks like the Ullswater Way, created in 2016, has been a victim of its own success and plenty of money is needed to repair some of the paths used. Not surprising, really, as Ullswater is a beautiful area, probably my favourite part of the Lake District. Having gained much pleasure from the paths around the area in the past (and maybe in the future as well) I think I shall be contributing a little bit to this fund.

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Full story with images at https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.o...ater-way-fund/
Excellent news from The Lake District Foundation that the Ullswater Way Fund has raised £13000

From a Lake District FOundation Press Release:

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A local conservation charity is celebrating after a successful two month fundraising campaign ended on a high for the Ullswater Way, raising nearly £13,000.

The campaign has been a Lake District Foundation initiative for the ‘LDF Ullswater Way Fund’, set up to specifically care for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage surrounding England’s second largest lake. The Foundation ran the campaign throughout April and May to generate funds ahead of the busy tourism season by inviting locals, businesses and visitors to get involved in various ways from a crowdfunding campaign to contactless giving opportunities.
Full press release at https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.o...ising-success/
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Old June 5th, 2019, 01:19 PM   #167
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The National Trust has acquired another bit of The Lake District. This one has rather splendid views loking down Crummock Water towards Buttermere.

From a National Trust press release:

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National Trust acquires stunning Georgian viewpoint that inspired world famous artist

A viewpoint that inspired world famous artist JMW Turner on his first visit to the Lake District will be opened up to the public having been acquired by the National Trust.

Brackenthwaite Hows is one of the Lakes’ most breathtaking views and was drawn by Turner in his 1797 watercolour, Crummock Water Looking Towards Buttermere.

The 77 acres of land will be managed by the conservation charity which has vowed to preserve the landscape, respect its fascinating history, encourage nature and improve access to the area.
Full press release with images at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pre...famous-artist-
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Old June 19th, 2019, 05:07 PM   #168
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The Friends of the Lake District has submitted a formal request to extend the southern boundary of the Lake District National Park, taking in much of the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas. It is interesting that much of the area being proposed for inclusion was actually recommended for inclusion in the Lake District National Park when it was first being considered in the 1940s.

From a Friends of the Lake District Press Release:

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Southern Boundary Extension

The extension being proposed would incorporate an area of outstanding landscape in the south of Cumbria, its land and its estuaries, increasing the size of the Lake District by 155 km2 increasing its overall area by approximately 6%.

It incorporates the area between Silecroft and Grange-over-Sands, the Millom Without, Furness and Cartmel peninsulas and the majestic estuaries of the Duddon, Leven and Kent rivers, all three of which rise in and traverse the Lake District.

The Cartmel Peninsula was an area recommended for inclusion in the Lake District National Park in the Report of the National Parks Committee in 1947, (the Hobhouse Report) considered at the time as being of the quality affording National Park status.
Full press release at https://www.friendsofthelakedistrict...extension-news
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Old July 1st, 2019, 03:16 PM   #169
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A planning application has gone in to the LDNPA for a new ladder for the Bowderstone to replace the existing wooden one.

Planning application 7/2018/2332

From the News and Star. I assume that the headline refers to a sculptor who works in metal is to make the new ladder, rather than a sculptor who is metal

More details and images at https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...-bowder-stone/
The new Bowderstone ladder has been installed and is "open" from today according to a National Trust press release:

"Laddering up to a Victorian viewpoint – visitors get birds ‘nest’ view at Bowder Stone

The National Trust, which cares for the stone, has installed a new nine metre metal ladder, which ‘opens’ today, to allow tourists to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.

“This is about restoring the excitement of a visit to one of the strangest and at one time, the most famous Lake District attraction,” said National Trust Curator Harvey Wilkinson.

The Bowder Stone is six times the height of a person, approximately nine metres high and 15 metres wide, and is estimated to weigh 1,253 tonnes.

It is thought to have fallen from the crags above after the last ice-age, coming to rest at its current improbable angle; from one view point it looks like a ship’s keel."


Full press release at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pre...t-bowder-stone

Curiously the press release does not mention the maker of the ladder.

I am rather annoyed with myself for not visiting the Bowderstone this year and photographing the old ladder . I was not expecting the new one to be installed so soon.
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


‘Another Waynwright day’


A CUMBRIAN teenager is celebrating the launch of her charity, Another Way, by asking volunteers and supporters to climb one of the 214 Wainwright fells.

Amy Bray, of Matterdale, set up the environmental charity which focuses on regenerative agriculture, raising the profile of zero-waste food shops and to improve recycling in the area.

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...aynwright-day/
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This is also posted on the Tourism thread,--


This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


LAKE DISTRICT: Fears Lakes tourism could double


CONCERNS have been raised about doubling the number of visitors to the Lake District, a meeting has heard.

Lake District National Park directors told a meeting that a new Government-backed tourism action zone aims to grow the industry in the county.

However, national park member Michael Carter, of Skelwith Bridge, said he was unsure about luring more tourists to the national park

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...ourism-double/
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A new bridge has been approved over Red Dell Back in the Coppermines Valley by the Lake District Planning Authority. This is good news for people like me who have an interest in industrial history and archaeology.

From the Westmorland Gazette:

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New bridge at Coniston will open up mining heritage

A NEW footbridge has been agreed across Red Dell Beck in the Coniston Coppermines to open up the area’s mining heritage to visitors.

The wooden crossing will go on the site of a former bridge which was once used to transport ore from a mine called Deep Level to the Upper Bonsor Mill processing site.

A report said the bridge would enable walkers to cross the beck safely and allow people to explore the area’s mining heritage.

Coniston Parish Council supported the proposal as did Historic England which said it would allow visitors to trace one of the key ore transportation routes within the copper mines.
Full story with images and a map at https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...idge-coniston/

Lake District Planning Authority Application 7/2019/5354
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Old September 8th, 2019, 10:59 AM   #173
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


National Park extension plan is debated


HUNDREDS of residents from across the south of Cumbria have attended ‘Community Conversation’ events to discuss a proposal to extend the southern boundary of the Lake District.

The plan, which was submitted to Natural England by Friends of the Lake District (FLD), seeks to extend the southern boundary of the national park by approximately 6 per cent.

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...-plan-debated/
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


4x4s ruling on Lake District 'green lanes'


A TENSE hearing about the use of two ‘green lanes’ in the Lake District has stopped short of banning 4x4 drivers and motorbike trail riders.

Two unclassified roads stretching between Coniston, Langdale and Skelwith in the national park have become a toxic battleground between walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers, 4×4 off-roaders and motorcyclists.

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...torists-clash/
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