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Blencathra could be sold to charity group

Blencathra went on sale in May last year Credit: PA

A Cumbrian mountain could be sold to a local charity group, set up with the aim of buying the 'community asset'.

"Friends of Blencathra" posted on their facebook page last night that "the trustees wish to proceed with our offer", bringing the crowd-funded charity closer to securing ownership of the fell.

The news comes after much discussion and negotiation, with Blencathra reported to have been sold to an unnamed party last July but the sale didn't go ahead.

The mountain was originally put on the market at £1.75 million. Its owner Lord Lonsdale claimed the move was necessary as he needed to raise £9 million to pay an inheritance tax bill.

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Waiting game almost over for Friends of Blencathra

After six weeks of campaigning and fundraising, the wait is almost over for the Friends of Blencathra to see if they have done enough to reclaim the mountain in the Lake District for the community.

It was put up for sale in May with a guide price of £1.75m.

Since then, supporters from all over the country plus some celebs have joined the charity to try to buy it as a community asset. Bidding closed at midday today (July 2).

Kim Inglis met three generations who have grown up visiting the mountain and want to make sure the next three generations have the chance to do the same.

Earl wants 'the best bid' for Blencathra

The owner of Blencathra, the Lake Distict mountain which is up for sale, says he's confident it will be sold by the end of the year.

The Earl of Lonsdale says he's had a number of offers for the iconic piece of Cumbria landscape.

A number of local people are jointly trying to raise the £1.75 million to buy it. But he says he wants to get the highest price to be able to pay off a large death duties tax bill.

Read: More on the Sale of Lake District iconic fell

Friends of Blencathra to host public meeting

Blencathra, Lake District Credit: ITV Border

Members of the group hoping to buy a Lake District fell will be on hand at the weekend to answer people's questions about their campaign.

The Friends of Blencathra want to buy the mountain, which is being sold by its owner to help pay off an inheritance tax bill. They've organised a public meeting at the Reghed Centre on Saturday afternoon.

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Bonington boosts Blencathra bid

A campaign to buy a Cumbrian fell has been boosted by the region's most famous mountaineer.

Sir Chris Bonington has agreed to become honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra group. It's trying to raise £1.75 to buy the mountain from The Earl of Lonsdale.

Kim Inglis has been to see Sir Chris to find out why he's decided to give his support.

Sir Chris Bonington joins Friends of Blencathra

Local mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has agreed to become honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra.

The action group, set up to buy the iconic Lake District fell when it was put up for sale at the beginning of May, recently applied for the land to be made a community asset.

If successful the Friends of Blencathra would become the preferred buyer and have six months to raise the £1.75 million need for the sale.

Bonington thinks it's a fundamental thing that the community have come together to buy the fell.

Community asset bid for Blencathra

An action group, set up to help locals buy Blencathra, have applied to Eden District Council for the land to be marked as a community asset.

The Friends of Blencathra don't want to lose out to a foreign buyer Credit: ITV Border

If successful, the Friends of Blencathra group will become the preferred buyer for the mountain and have six months to raise the £1.75 million needed to buy the landmark.

But, the decision on it's community asset status wont be made until the night before final bids are made.

Friends of Blencathra: 'If we all put a tenner in we can buy it'

Over 2,000 people have already pledged between £10 and £10,000 pounds to buy a Cumbrian mountain and set up a trust to look after it.

Blencathra was put on the market by the Earl of Lonsdale, Lord Lowther, who is having to raise funds to pay a £9 million inheritance tax bill.

Debbie Cosgrove set up a social media campaign to raise some of the £1.75 million needed for the purchase.

Kim Inglis reports:

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