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Man dies after Lake District fall

A man has died after falling while walking in the Lake District.

The Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team members were called on Saturday night to a 50-year-old man who had fallen down Dove Crag. He died after falling from a ledge.

The man had planned on spending the evening with a group of eight friends.

Walk For Freedom march in Windermere

The Walk For Freedom route Credit: Walk to Freedom

Around 100 people dressed in black are expected to take part in a Walk For Freedom event in Windermere.

Organisers of the event aim to raise awareness of human slavery and injustice.

The walk is taking place in single file from Lakes School in Windermere to Bowness Pier.

Local businesses have provided packed lunches for the participants and free cruise vouchers for their return trip.

Mountain rescue teams issue safety warning

Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

As summer draws to a close mountain rescue teams in the Lake District are warning people to be aware of the added dangers of walking in the hills in the autumn and winter.

Each year people are caught out as the amount of daylight reduces and the weather worsens:

We always try and get the message out - remember your torch, remember it gets dark an hour earlier, so that will happen again, but also you know with Freshers' Week we'll have a lot of students coming up, enjoying the outdoors which is great.

– Richard Warren, Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association


Woman rescued after Lake District fall

Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called this morning (Monday August 1) to a woman who had slipped whilst descending from Haystacks towards Scarth Gap and injured her ankle.

The team attended along with the Great North Air Ambulance.

The 49-year-old casualty from Teesside was treated at the scene by team members and air ambulance doctors and carried to the helicopter.

She was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary for further treatment.

National parks extended to boost tourism

The Lake District National Park has been extended. Credit: PA

Two of the region's national parks - the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales - have been extended to protect the countryside and boost rural tourism.

The parks will now almost meet with the Lake District ending one side of the M6 through Tebay.

The original boundaries were decided before motorways were built.

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