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Father dies after falling from Helvellyn

A man has died after falling from Striding Edge in the Lake District, while walking with his son, on Saturday, June 20.

File photograph: Walkers make their way along Striding Edge. Credit: PA

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out along with an RAF SeaKing helicopter.

The walker had severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On behalf of the rescue services involved in the incident, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life. Helvellyn is a very special place and the ridges make for a great mountain day. The man and his son were well equipped. Those people who were walking on the ridge at the time, and who risked their own safety to assist the man, should be commended. They did everything they could to help.'

– Mike Blakey, Patterdale Team Leader


Man, 75, dies after 100 metre fall from Helvellyn

A 75-year-old man has died after falling approximately 100 metres from Striding Edge, Helvellyn, on Monday afternoon.

Mike Blakey, the Team Leader from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, said: "the thoughts of all the Team members are with the man's family, friends and walking companions at this difficult time."

It was a stunning day on the mountain and great conditions to be out enjoying the views. The man was properly equipped and experienced.

Sadly this is the fourth incident on Helvellyn in which climbers and walkers have lost their lives this year."

– Mike Blakey
Generic image: Walkers make their way along Striding Edge. Credit: PA Wire

The North West Air Ambulance, RAF Sea King helicopter and Penrith MRT assisted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team with the incident.

New alliance formed to protect uplands

The group will focus on keeping the uplands sustainable Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's high ground landscapes are to be the focus of a new partnership.

Uplands Alliance will bring together people who use areas like Shap Fell Moor, such as farmers and land managers, with researchers and policy makers.

The group's newly appointed President, Lord Inglewood, says it's crucial to ensure the uplands are protected for future generations.


'Quintessentially British' Cumbria could attract Chinese tourists

Businesses in the Lake District are trying to do more to tap into the potentially massive Chinese tourism market.

There are 190,000 students from China in the UK and tourism officials are now specifically tailoring what the Lakes has to offer to them.

While some have started to translate websites into Chinese, others are working to promote the image of Cumbria as quintessentially British.

Cumbria to crack Chinese tourism market

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A Cumbrian hotelier and chair of the the Lakes Hospitality Association is hoping to open up links with the UK Chinese student market.

Jonathan Denby has already translated websites for the Chinese market and has taken on a Chinese intern to help promote tourism.

Cumbria Tourism is also trying to open up international markets and attract visitors from countries not traditionally associated with UK Tourism.

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