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'The biggest distillery in England' is almost complete

The stills have now arrived on site Credit: ITV Border

The Lakes Distillery, near Bassenthwaite, is expected to open in December. Paul Currie has invested £5 million pounds in the distillery that will create 30 jobs.

He says the conditions are just right for producing whisky:

"We are taking water from the Derwent which analysis has shown is outstanding for whisky production. It'll also be perfect for our whisky and our gin. I think we've got every chance of production something as good if not better than anything in Scotland the conditions here are perfect"

The Whisky will have a unique selling point Credit: ITV Border

It's thought that Whisky has not been made in Cumbria for 200 years and the idea is that people will want to visit the distillery for a tour as it will be five years until the first Whisky is ready for drinking.

There will soon be two distilleries in Dumfries and Galloway Credit: ITV Border

Paul Currie expects to produce one million bottles of Whisky a year. He says it will be the biggest distillery in England by some margin.

Attempt to topple 27-year-old world record

A fell runner from Keswick has vowed to become the first person to challenge the record for running all 214 Wainwright peaks, a challenge that has only been completed once before.

Steve Birkinshaw has been in training everyday, getting ready for the week-long challenge.

The record's currently held by local fell running legend Joss Naylor. He did it in seven days, one hour and 25 minutes. Steve's hoping to shave 11 hours off that time.

Joss has given his blessing to this attempt to topple the title he's held for 27 years.

Steve's raising money for multiple sclerosis charities. Supporters can follow his live tracker and there's a map of his route too.


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

Fell running Wainwright record attempt

Steve will cover 214 peaks in his Wainwright challenge Credit: ITV Border

A fell runner from Keswick has vowed to become the first person to challenge the record for running all 214 Wainwright peaks.

The Lake District challenge has only been completed by famous local runner Joss Naylor.

Steve Birkinshaw is half way through the feat, which involves running 512km over 36,000 feet of ascent.


Lake District distillery is a step closer to opening

The stills have arrived on site Credit: ITV Border

The Lakes Distillery is another step closer to opening as the stills and other equipment arrive.

The £5 million distillery, based at Bassenthwaite, has launched a new pre-opening visitor reception ahead of its official opening in early December.

It's the first to be built in the area for over 200 years and will produce whisky, gin and vodka.

The Lakes Distillery is based at a victorian model farm Credit: ITV Border
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