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Lake District funding warning ahead of Budget

Latrigg, overlooking Keswick in the Lake District. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An organisation dedicated to protecting the Lake District is urging the Government to ensure National Parks get adequate funding.

Friends of the Lake District is pressing the Government in Budget week.

Earlier this year the Lake District National Park Authority faced severe criticism for putting some of its properties on the market. Although they should have given more reassurances that this land would be protected into the future, we can understand why they felt that they had to sell.

National Parks have to balance their budgets, yet since 2010 the Lake District’s funding has fallen from £7.275 million to £4.486 million – that’s a drop of 38%.

We like our Parks. 90% of us think they are important, and 96% of us want our children to experience them, yet public spending on them is now far less than £1 per person per year; putting their very infrastructure is at risk.

Our National Parks are national assets, providing economic, environmental, health, social and cultural benefits. Government must recognise this and the value we all put on them, and resource them properly”.

– Director Douglas Chalmers

Woman dies after Cockermouth fall

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A 24-year-old woman has died after falling from Haystacks in the Lake District.

Cumbria Police and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called to reports that a woman had fallen at 4pm on Wednesday 1st July.

An RAF Sea King helicopter and an air ambulance attended to assist in the rescue.

The woman was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she was pronounced dead after she sustained fatal head injuries.

She has been named as as Victoria Harris, aged 24, from the Manchester area.

During the same incident another woman was also winched to safety by the RAF helicopter but was uninjured.

Cumbrian climber attempts extreme triathlon for Nepal

Tim Mosedale leads expeditions up Everest in Nepal Credit: Tim Mosedale

A Cumbrian climber who was leading an expedition on Everest when the earthquakes hit Nepal in April is training to complete 3 extreme sports challenges in the Lake District back to back to raise money for the rebuilding of the country.

Tim Mosedale is training for 50 days to attempt to swim Derwent Water and back, cycle the Fred Whitton route then run the Bob Graham Round in 48 hours, an extreme triathlon.

The swim is 4.5Km each way, the cycle is a grueling 112 miles over 6 Lakeland passes and the run is a 66-mile ultra marathon taking in 42 peaks and 27,000ft ascent and descent.

Tim will attempt to cycle the Fred Whitton route. Credit: Tim Mosedale

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Call for Lake District volunteers

Waterhead, Ambleside Credit: PA

Lovers of the Lake District are being sought to help visitors make the most of their time in the area.

With the height of the holiday season fast approaching, the Lake District National Park is seeking a team of dedicated enthusiasts to meet and greet Windermere Lake Cruises’ passengers at Bowness and Ambleside piers.

Volunteers will be asked to hand out leaflets, talk to people about the national park and encourage them to drop off at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to play a part in promoting opportunities to enjoy a spectacular place. Our drive to encourage visitors to park up and get round the world renowned locations by boat, bus, train, bike or boots make it a very appealing initiative.

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the huge amount Brockhole offers, without adding to pressure on the roads. This way, holidaymakers can enjoy a beautiful boat trip, as well as a veritable feast of activities.”

– Lorraine Brierley, Lake District National Park’s commercial assistant

For further information contact Lorraine on 01539 792605 or email lorraine.brierley@lakedistrict.gov.uk

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