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Teenagers rescued after being chased by sheep

It's believed the men were chased by herdwick sheep. Credit: PA

Two teenagers had to be brought to safety by mountain rescuers after apparently being chased by sheep in the Lake District.

The pair had set off for a walk from a Youth Hostel near Glenridding but got lost on the hills.

They reported being chased by wild animals but the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team believe it was a flock of Herdwick Sheep.

The two men were helped back to the hostel at Greenside Mines, and were unhurt.

It was a bit of bit of a baaaarmy night so the two men weren't in any danger of suffering from hypothermia - although they were clearly shaken and very grateful for the Team's assistance.

Whilst driving up the track from Glenridding to the Youth Hostel about 2300 we spotted a light from a mobile phone about thirty metres below us. It didn't take long for two team members to descend down and help the men back to the Landrover. We were obviously quite concerned when the fellas said they had been chased by wild animals, especially given all the recent reports of wild cats in Cumbria.

Once we arrived it quickly became apparent that men had been chased by a couple of Herdwicks. Clearly this isn't a common occurrence in the Lakes, and in fact, I don't think I've ever heard of this happening before.

The two men, from Bracknell in the South of England, probably didn't realise that there weren't street lights everywhere. It's wise, even if only walking a few hundred meters, to take a torch in the dark."

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader - Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Rain can't keep Lake District visitors away

A rainy day in Kendal. Credit: ITV News

Tourism bosses say business is booming in the Lake District, despite this year's summer being disturbed by heavy rainfall.

According to Cumbria Tourism the number of visitors to the area in the first five months of 2015 is up by between four and eight percent, compared to the same time last year.

In the first five months of this year we're seeing between four and eight percent increase in visitor numbers, and occupancy in hotels, at caravan sites and self-catering accommodation.

So the weather doesn't seem to be affecting us at all."

– Richard Greenwood, Cumbria Tourism

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Joss Naylor encourages Tim Mosedale

Cumbrian fell running legend Joss Naylor put on his trainers this morning to meet Tim Mosedale as he ran through Wasdale on his epic extreme triathlon.

Joss Naylor, who lives in Wasdale, came out to cheer Tim along. Credit: ITV News Border

Tim, a Cumbrian climber who leads expeditions on Everest, has raised over £5,500 for the rehabilitation of Nepal with his challenge.

He's still running in the Lakeland fells, attempting to do a Bob Graham round after cycling the Fred Whitton route over all the Lakeland passes, swimming the length of Derwent Water and back.

The cycle ride is one of the toughest in the UK: 112 miles over 6 Lakeland passes including Honister, Wrynose and Kirkstone.

The swim is 4.5Km each way in open water, while the run is a 66-mile ultra marathon starting and ending at Keswick's Moot Hall.

It's taking him a little longer than the 48 hours he'd hoped for but he's still on target to finish.

Tim Mosedale and (2nd right, red jacket) on Sunday morning Credit: ITV News Border

WATCH: Attracting Chinese visitors to Cumbria

Yan Li and Zhiling Lou are producing a report on Chinese attitudes to overseas travel and tourism Credit: ITV Border

Lake District businesses have enlisted the help of two Chinese students from Lancaster University to produce a report on Chinese attitudes to overseas travel and tourism.

The aim of the study is to lure more Chinese tourists to Cumbria. Katie Hunter reports.

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Primary pupils design mini-golf course

Children from Crosby Ravensworth Primary School officially opening the new mini-golf course, complete with model 17th century Bridge House at Brockhole Credit: Lake District National Park

Primary school pupils from across Cumbria have designed a new nine-hole mini-golf course.

The course at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere, was officially opened today by children from Crosby Ravensworth Primary.

With over 50 entries by rookie creators, ideas from seven primaries have been incorporated into the course.

Crosby Ravensworth Primary however were judged the overall winners and therefore asked to do the opening ceremony honours.

"We wanted designs to incorporate the national park’s stunning landscape, its special traditions and culture, even featuring our wildlife and famous writers.

“These children are the Lake District’s future guardians and we want to encourage their interest. We got some fantastic designs including lakes, sheep, stepping stones, dry stone walls and even Ambleside’s iconic 17th century Bridge House.

“They gave us exactly what we were looking for and hopefully the children will enjoy playing mini golf and spotting some of their original themes in the new course. It was hard finding an overall winner, as all the entries had great potential.

“Fortunately, we have been able to include elements from different entries, but are delighted to see the Bridge House standing proud among the nine holes.”

– Brockhole’s learning co-ordinator, Ruth Suddaby

Walker airlifted from Lakeland fell

Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

A walker has been airlifted from a Lake District mountain after fracturing her ankle.

The middle-aged woman from East Yorkshire was rescued from Great Gable by the Great North's Air Ambulance's Pride Of Cumbria helicopter at around 12:30pm today.

After being treated at the scene she was transported to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

Controversy over Lake District wind turbine plans

There are plans to replace the 12 turbines. Credit: ITV News

Plans to replace 12 wind turbines on Kirkby Moor in South Cumbria with 6 larger ones have met fierce opposition.

RWE Innogy says the 20-year old wind farm needs upgrading, but conservationists argue they will be too visible from the Lake District National Park.

They say the Site of Special Scientific Interest isn't right for the proposed new turbines.

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