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Sir Anthony Hopkins visits the Lake District

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Hollywood actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, has tweeted a picture of himself in the Lake District.

The 79-year-old Welsh actor is arguably best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and has most recently starred in the critically acclaimed TV series Westworld.

He described the Lakes as 'beautiful' in a tweet to his 141,000 followers on Twitter.

It's thought the picture was taken at Claife Viewing Station, overlooking Lake Windermere in south Cumbria.

Festival opens hidden National Trust places in Lake District

The annual Heritage Open Days festival is from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September Credit: National Trust

A weekend of free heritage events are happening at National Trust places across the Lake District as part of The annual Heritage Open Days festival. The sites include some not usually open to the public.

Activities range from a walk to a foghorn station at St Bees Head to tours of the double boathouse at Wray Castle. The private chapel belonging to the Strickland family at Sizergh Castle will also be opened to the public for one day only.

For locals, the festival weekend offers a new perspective on a place they know really well, and it gives visitors a highly unusual experience which might pique their interest and encourage them to come back again in the future."

– Suzi Bunting, Visitor Experience Officer, National Trust

The annual Heritage Open Days festival will take place from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 2017.


Rescuers help man off mountain

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team has helped to bring a stranded man off a mountain in the Lake District.

They say the operation on Saturday afternoon was one of the longest they've ever undertaken.

The 60 year old man from Shropshire had fallen and injured his ankle while walking with his family at Wandope, a remote location high above Buttermere village.

He was treated at the scene by a team doctor and other team members, before being stretchered to a waiting ambulance in Buttermere village.

He was then taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The rescue involved 17 members of the Team and took just over 4 and a half hours.

“This was one of the longest evacuations we’ve had to undertake for a while but, with a good team effort, was straightforward."

– Deputy Team leader Chris Cookson
Mountain rescuers bring man down from mountain Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue

Fix the Fells sees 10 years of volunteering

Fix the Fells volunteers repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District Credit: PA

Today marks 10 years since volunteers started working for Fix the Fells project. Fix the Fells are a team of rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District to protect the landscape.

The weather and millions of pairs of walking boots that cross the land mean erosion is a problem. Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson headed out with them today to see a repair project in Borrowdale, where she spoke with volunteer Alan Manby:


'Great big picnic' planned to celebrate Lake District's new World Heritage status

The Lake District is now listed as a World Heritage Site Credit: PA

Members of the public are being invited to take part in a 'great big picnic' to celebrate the Lake District listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Picnic in the Park is set to take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, with celebrations taking place across National Trust locations and Lake District forests and at Brockhole on Windermere.

People can bring their own food or buy picnic boxes from the café.

It’s party time to mark a unique and once in a lifetime achievement in an iconic and stunning location.

– Richard Leafe, Lake District National Park Chief Executive

Attendees will also be able to see the new sculpture by Charlie Whinney, created in celebration of the Lake District’s newly awarded status, entitled ‘Mountains We Made’.

More details can be found on the Lakes World Heritage website.

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