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Campaign group questions Lake District sales

'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners are protesting against the potential sale of seven Lake District beauty spots.

The group 'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' has been demonstrating outside the LDNPA visitor centre, in Brockholes,

'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' Credit: ITV Border

They also staged a walk at Stickle Tarn, in protest.

The group says:

"We sincerely hope the sale for Stickle Tarn does not go ahead, and the strength of public feeling is respected.

"The process has been too short. This, with a lack of transparency, means that, however well meaning the LDNPA is, their process is wrong.

"Public land is not a 'portfolio' to be bought and sold - it is ours and should be maintained for our, and future, generations."

– Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District

But the Lake District National Park Authority says the lands will still be subject to the same public access rights and restrictions, meaning the sales pose no danger to the environment or public use of the land.

It argues that once it has improved access and conservation on sites it is common practice to return them to the private market, where they can still be managed by the National Park's planning processes.

The National Park Authority has had its funding cut by 23% in the last 5 years and intends to use the £500,000 from the sale for other capital investments.

Deadline day for Lake District beauty spot bids

Swimming in Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

The deadline to bid for seven of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is up today.

National park bosses are selling off the Stickle Tarn with a guide price of twenty to thirty thousand pounds.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

The other areas up for sale are:

  • Yewbarrow Woods
  • Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood
  • Blea Brows
  • Ladywood
  • Baneriggs Wood
  • Land near River Derwent
  • Waterside Knott

A guided tour of the Lake District's Stickle Tarn as it goes up for sale

The Lake District National Park Authority has put seven sites up for sale, including the iconic Stickle Tarn.

The Tarn's well known to fell walkers, set within the Langdale Pikes, 1,500 feet above sea level - and three miles west of Grasmere.

It has a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 and is already attracting interest.

But not everyone is pleased it is up for sale.

Our correspondent Hannah McNulty made the hour long hike up it to find out who may want to buy it.

The swimmers in the piece are professionals and were being supervised and were only in the water for a short amount of time.

Stickle Tarn for sale

One of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is being sold off by park bosses.

Stickle Tarn, in the Langdale Pikes, is one of seven areas that has been put on sale by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

It is on the market with a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000.

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Local MP calls for decision over Lake District National Park boundaries

Lake District National Park Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Local MP Tim Farron has called for a decision regarding proposals to extend the boundaries of some national parks, including the Lake District National Park.

The proposals were first set out by Natural England in 2011 in a bid to increase the areas that can be conserved.

However, some residents and business say that if passed, the proposals would mean much tighter planning regulations.

Last year, a public inquiry was held after five councils, including Cumbria and Eden District , opposed the changes.

Mr Farron says the current uncertainty over the plans is worse than either outcome and has called for a decision to be made.

Cone-tinuing sales of ice cream

Ice cream sellers have until the end of the month to apply for their summer spot Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

We may be in the middle of winter, but the Lake District National Park Authority is asking ice cream sellers to bid for the best spots ahead of the summer season.

15 million people come to the lakes every year and good pitches for ice cream vans can be a big money spinner for the ice cream sellers.

They have until the end of the month to apply.

The hunt is on for Lake District volunteers

The Lake District National park is on the hunt for volunteers.

They're looking for 30 people aged 18 and over who want to improve their countryside and environmental skills while gaining qualifications along the way.

Backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund has meant the Lake District National Park is able to recruiting volunteers for their Fell Futures project.

Volunteers will work alongside members of staff in an attempt to revive dwindling traditional skills and train the next generation of countryside workers.

“We want volunteers to work with our level three apprentices so they can learn together and support rangers in their widespread tasks. Alongside practical training, volunteers can go for formal qualifications in a range of widely recognised certificated courses.

“Becoming a Fell Futures’ volunteer is a great way to learn about the Lake District and support our work. It’s a very important role and will bring invaluable experience and new opportunities.”

– Dylan Jackman, Lake District National Park

Experience is not necessary but a reasonable level of strength and fitness will be needed carry out some of the more demanding jobs.

To find out more you can visit the Lake District National Park website.

New project to help children explore the Lake District

Mini-Trekkers will let young children explore the Lake District National Park Credit: Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park is running a new scheme to get more young children exploring the outdoors.

Mini-Trekkers will see children under seven-years-old get the chance to get active for free right, joining nature walks and activities in Bowness, Grasmere and Keswick.

The action is due to start at 10:00 on Tuesday, 5 August and will run until noon.

The first come, first served events will include natural art, going on a scavenger hunt and a rucksack rummage.

“This is a very exciting first for us. All the events are being run by our enthusiastic volunteers, who will be sharing their passion for the iconic Lakes’ landscape.

“These new kids’ adventures will allow children to discover the natural world and are designed to be an early introduction to the fells and landscapes.”

– Annie Duckworth, Volunteer co-ordinator at The Lake District National Park

For more information you can visit the Lake District National Park website.

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