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Old August 28th, 2016, 09:54 PM   #21
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From the News and Star, 28-08-16

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Row over National Trust's £950,000 purchase of Lake District farmland



Farmers and residents' in the Borrowdale Valley, near Keswick, are furious after a charity bought land at a large hill farm in the Lake District.

According to reports, the National Trust is understood to have bid £950,000 to acquire 316-acres at Thorneythwaite Farm. The guide price for the farmland was £750,000.

Local farmers were hoping to win the bid for the farmhouse and land in a bid to keep it as a working farm. Currently the farm is home to 413 hefted Herdwicks, but the shepherd has left.

James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District, who is a Herdwick sheep farmer, said on his Twitter account 'Herdwick Shepherd': "Hopes that the farm could be taken on by a new young fell farmer have now been dashed."

The National Trust said in a statement on its website that the auction was a 'once in a generation opportunity' to secure the land for the nation.

They said they were unable to buy the land and the farmhouse so put in a high offer to prevent other buyers.
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It initially seems rather odd for the farm buildings & land to be auctioned as two separate lots with the potential for the two to be split, as has happened, when surely it would have made more sense to have kept the two together as a working farm, but presumably selling the buildings separately was likely to realise more for the vendor than if the land (and sheep) were attached.
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-From the News & Star, 10-09-16

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KESWICK Mountain Rescue Team is fighting to keep a payphone at Seathwaite in Borrowdale which they say is a "real lifeline".

The payphone is one of 44 which BT wants to close down across west Cumbria. Although many have had less than 10 calls over the last 12 months - and 16 haven't been used at all - others have been used hundreds of times.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team is particularly concerned about the payphone at Seathwaite, which has been used 378 times in the last 12 months.

It posted on Facebook: "Although this phone box may get little day to day use in this age of mobile phones, it has been and still is a real lifeline during emergencies. There is no phone reception on any network at the head of the valley and so it remains the only public form of communication to the police and mountain rescue."

The team is calling on people to help by commenting on BT's planning application to Allerdale Council.

The consultation period will close on Wednesday, November 30.

In the consultation letter, BT writes: "Overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage."
Full story, including a list of other phone boxes under threat, at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/la...7009afabbdb-ds

I can understand BT wanting to do away with unused or barely used call boxes, but in some areas surely there has to be more criteria than just the call numbers used to make a decision.

Even in these times of seemingly universal mobile coverage there are valleys in the Lake District with no signal, as I have found out many times during my travels in the area. In some instances surely the important fact is not that there is 98% coverage but where that uncovered 2% is.
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Old September 15th, 2016, 11:04 PM   #23
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The Times and Star is reporting that the Seathwaite phone box has been spared:

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A phonebox described as a lifeline has been saved.

BT wants to remove 40 payphones across Allerdale, including one at Seathwaite in the Borrowdale Valley.

But following calls from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to keep it, the company has decided not to remove it.

The team took to social networking website Facebook to save the phonebox.

They said: “Although this phone box may get little day- to-day use it has been, and still is, a lifeline during emergencies.

There is no phone reception on any network at the head of the valley and so it remains the only public form of communication to the police and mountain rescue.”

A BT spokesman said: “Between September 1 2015 and 31 August 31 2016, 378 calls were made from the Seathwaite public telephone, none of which were emergency calls.

“However, we have established that there is no mobile signal at this location and removal of this payphone could prevent a call to the emergency services.

“Therefore we will not be seeking to remove this payphone for the foreseeable future.”
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From the News and Star, 28-08-16



National Trust statement about the purchase:

https://ntpressoffice.wordpress.com/...aite-farm-qas/

It initially seems rather odd for the farm buildings & land to be auctioned as two separate lots with the potential for the two to be split, as has happened, when surely it would have made more sense to have kept the two together as a working farm, but presumably selling the buildings separately was likely to realise more for the vendor than if the land (and sheep) were attached.
Yes I think you are spot on,----suppose it's the way of the World,---anyway, --I love the photo in this article,--think it's a lovely scene,--cheers.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 09:51 PM   #25
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Some positive news for Cumbria

From In Cumbria, 29-09-16

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Record summer for Cumbria's tourism sector

CUMBRIA'S tourism sector has enjoyed a record summer, according to new figures.

Almost three quarters of all accommodation was snapped up in June. At 73.6 per cent, it was the highest occupancy level recorded for a decade.

More than 80 per cent of self-catering options were booked up in July too - the first time the figure has been topped since Cumbria Tourism's occupancy survey began more than 10 years ago - and it hit 87.1 per cent in August.

This was the highest August occupancy figure in eight years, according to survey's provisional findings for the last three months.

Cumbria Tourism represents more than 2,500 tourism businesses.

Its monthly occupancy survey monitors performance across hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, self-catering, and camping and caravan sites and provides a vital insight into the health of the tourism economy.

It believes the early statistics locally reflect the national trend for "staycations", partly stimulated by the fall in sterling following the EU referendum, making it more expensive to go abroad.

Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said the figures were "positive".

He added: "The challenge now is to maintain this momentum for the traditionally quieter months of the year, which is why Cumbria Tourism is planning to collaborate with a range of different organisations and areas to launch a major winter marketing campaign to promote the Lake District, Cumbria, as an all-year-round visitor destination."
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Excellent news for the area,--really pleased for everyone after what they went through with the floods and devastation,---good luck to them,--cheers.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #27
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Good news for La'al Ratty . It also reminds me that I haven't had a ride down Eskdale for several years

From the Whitehaven News

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La'al Ratty museum expansion given green light

THE 'LA'AL Ratty' has been given the green light to expand its museum and work is now underway.



Network Rail has granted permission for the Railway Museum to build on land at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway's station site.

The £488,700 Heritage Lottery funded project will display historic trains and provide schoolchildren with the chance to learn about the railway.

"'La'al Ratty' has such a remarkable history and has been a vital part of the community for so long that we're delighted to be able to bring the railway's story to life like never before," said project manager David Rounce.

A new train-shed extension will allow a collection of historic rolling stock to be displayed under cover for the first time. And new interactive features will teach visitors about the history of the nearly 150-year-old railway.
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Good news for La'al Ratty . It also reminds me that I haven't had a ride down Eskdale for several years

From the Whitehaven News



Full story at http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news...53f4ed8fe5f-ds
Good news, ---it's been many years since we have been around that area,--think last time was when we went through the Hardknott pass,---there some great views,--and it's another part of Cumbria which is beautiful,---cheers.
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 09:34 PM   #29
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From the News and Star, 22-11-16

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Agency gives £3.5m to repair flooded footpaths



Footpaths across Cumbria that were damaged last winter are set to be repaired thanks to more than £3.5 million from the Rural Payments Agency.

More than £3 million has been given to the Lake District National Park Authority to help fund repairs and improvements to rights of way within the park.

A further £500,000 has been awarded to Cumbria County Council to repair damaged rights of way outside the national park.

Councillor Janet Willis, the council's cabinet member for the environment, said: "This is fantastic news for Cumbria and I’m delighted that we have been successful in securing additional funding for rights of way.
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An addendum to an earlier post about tourism figures in Cumbria, and it is more good news.

I am not surprised, being someone who often holidays in late September or October, that it seems that more people are doing the same thing. The weather this year also helped, it being a very warm & dry October in Cumbria.

From in-cumbria:

"Record-breaking time for tourism

CUMBRIA'S hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs had a welcome boost as record occupancy levels continued into the autumn.

The number of people taking up the county's accommodation offering was the highest for a decade in September, hitting 79.4 per cent.

October's occupancy was as strong as 2015, at 68.3 per cent, and self-catering levels hit the highest ever recorded - 66.9 per cent - for that month.

The provisional figures from Cumbria Tourism's research team reflect the health of the tourism economy and have brought a positive boost to the organisation's winter marketing campaign, designed to generate bookings and raise awareness of what the county has to offer over the traditionally quieter months.

The body, which represents more than 2,500 members, carries out its monthly occupancy surveys to monitor performance across hotels, guesthouses, B&B and self-catering accommodation as well as camping and caravan sites."


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Old January 19th, 2017, 07:53 PM   #31
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Plenty of confidence from one Lake District hotelier.

From the News and Star

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£7m facelift starts on Lodore Falls hotel in Lake District



Work has started on a £7 million expansion at a Lake District hotel.

The Lodore Falls, at Borrowdale, closed last week as work got under way on its planned extension and new spa.

Over the next six weeks the full ground floor will be renovated including the bar, lounges, reception, restaurant, lobby.

The function room will be completed around July or August and will see a conservatory extension with more space for private parties and events.

The next stage of the refurbishment later in the year, will include 18 new luxury bedrooms, four with private balconies in the main hotel and the other 14 based in the new spa building across the river.

Opening in summer 2018, the spa will feature four treatment rooms, thermal suites, steam rooms, hot and cold open-air showers, relaxation area, a Finnish-style sauna, nail bar and infinity and hydro pool.
Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/bu...5f05a848328-ds
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This from the News & Star,--

Government backs Lake District's World Heritage Status bid



Defra minister Andrea Leadsom has firmed up the Government's backing on a bid to make the Lake District as iconic as the Taj Mahal.

A decision will be made in July as to whether the Lakes will win World Heritage status.

Today, the Secretary of State visited Keswick to meet with National Park Authority chiefs to show her support, as well as canvassing in the town with the Conservative candidate for the upcoming by-election in Copeland, Trudy Harrison.


If successful, the status would see the Lake District stand shoulder–to–shoulder will world greats including the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal.

Mrs Leadsom said as well as raising the profile of the area, it would also bring in plenty of international tourism, on top of the £17million visitors each year.

"When people think where they want to be on their holidays, they will say the Lake District National Park," said the minister.

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From the Westmorland Gazette. No picture as I can't get the photo gallery in the article to work

"Fire-ravaged Lake District hotel set to reopen after £2 million refurbishment

A POPULAR Lake District hotel which was ravaged by fire is set to reopen following a £2 million refurbishment.

Owners Robinsons Brewery have announced that the Queen's Head, at Troutbeck, near Windermere, will once again be open to guests from April, almost three years after a blaze tore through the Grade II listed building.

To tackle the flames in June 2014, there were at one stage more than 50 firefighters from 11 crews trying to bring them under control. Fortunately, nobody was hurt but 50 people, including staff and guests, had to be evacuated.

William Robinson, managing director of the pubs' division for Robinsons Brewery, said it had been a long road to restore the Queen's Head but he was looking forward to welcoming guests back after a lengthy wait. "

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Here's one of the photos annie,---

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Thanks for that. No idea why the gallery won't work for me.

Been past the Queens Head on the bus quite a few times, but it is in part of The Lake District I have not yet explored on foot. Maybe when I get back on two feet I should make it a priority, especially as the bus service is better than it used to be.
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This from the News & Star,--

Lake District comes out top in UK's favourite free attractions



The Lake District has been named as the number one free tourist attraction in the UK.

Also on a list compiled by coach operator National Express - which includes more than 40 sites across the UK - are Hadrian's Wall and Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick.

The Lakes beat off competition from a raft of other beauty spots to claim top spot, including the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, Newquay's beaches and the Royal Crescent in Bath.
Meanwhile Hadrian's Wall, which once spanned the width of England from the Solway Firth to the north east, was named in fourth place, with only the Peak District and Brighton Pier preventing a Cumbrian one-two.

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I must be getting old and set in my ways. I had never heard of glamping before

From the Times and Star:

'Hotel aims to bring glamping to West Cumbria



A West Cumbrian hotel plans to expand its facilities to attract more visitors to the Western Lakes.

The Melbreak Hotel, near Great Clifton, was given planning permission yesterday by Allerdale council to develop land behind its premises with 20 camping pods and 14 caravan pitches.

The camping pods will offer visitors the chance to experience 'glamping'.

Caroline Hughes, of the hotel, said: "It's a really exciting project which will bring a different dimension to the business, opening up the scope of accommodation that we offer.

"From ideas we've picked up from guests, people we've met along the way and a little bit of investigation we found that camping is really popular.

"Some people may not like the idea of camping in a tent but they like the idea of glamping, where you have a solid cover over your head."'


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From the Times and Star:

'Hotel aims to bring glamping to West Cumbria



A West Cumbrian hotel plans to expand its facilities to attract more visitors to the Western Lakes.



The Melbreak Hotel, near Great Clifton, was given planning permission yesterday by Allerdale council to develop land behind its premises with 20 camping pods and 14 caravan pitches.

The camping pods will offer visitors the chance to experience 'glamping'.

Caroline Hughes, of the hotel, said: "It's a really exciting project which will bring a different dimension to the business, opening up the scope of accommodation that we offer.

"From ideas we've picked up from guests, people we've met along the way and a little bit of investigation we found that camping is really popular.

"Some people may not like the idea of camping in a tent but they like the idea of glamping, where you have a solid cover over your head."'


Full story at http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/b...0583ca8e4ad-ds

We first heard of glamping a few years ago when we saw a programme on TV called four in a bed,--it was about couples visiting and rating each others B&Bs,---and there were a couple of these Glamping units,-----and although they looked canny,--they wouldn't be for Mrs and myself,--cheers.
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Good for them.

I have started several walks from the mine car park, courtesy of the Honister Rambler bus service, but I have never yet been in the mine or on the Via Ferrata. Being a fully certified coward I doubt that I will ever use the latter.

From the Times and Star:

"Honister Slate Mine toasts 20 years with limited edition Jennings beer



Staff at a popular Cumbria tourist attraction toasted their 20th anniversary with a very special beer.

Cockermouth-based Jennings Brewery created the limited edition Via Ferrata in to mark Honister Slate Mine's milestone birthday yesterday. It is named after the mine's adventure experience.

The beer will be available in pubs nationally throughout April.

Honister was celebrating two decades since the revival of England’s last surviving slate mine.

As well as introducing mine tours to attract visitors, Honister also created the UK’s first Via Ferrata, where participants scale a system of iron rungs and supports to the summit of Fleetwith Pike."


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An interesting development, reported by The Westmorland Gazette:

"Cumbrian mountain rescue team secures own helicopter



PATTERDALE Mountain Rescue Team is the first rescue team in the country to expand its service to include a rescue helicopter.

A team spokesman said: "A review, named rescue 2020, suggested that rescue teams in the Lake District should consider using their own helicopters to improve rescue services and we're delighted to be the first mountain rescue team in the UK to have our own helicopter at our disposal.

"It will be based in Patterdale and manned seven days per week by volunteers.""


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