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Boats cut adrift on Windermere

The Coastguard has criticised the vandals who set two boats adrift on Windermere. The motorboats were set loose in the Ferry Nab area of the lake this morning. The coastguard, police and lake wardens were all scrambled to the scene after reports there could've been someone on board. A spokesman for the Coastguard said the incident had diverted resources away from any other serious incidents that might have been happening elsewhere at the time. It's not clear who set the boats adrift but a collapsed tent and a quantity of alcohol was found on the shoreline nearby. The Coastguard is responsible for safety and other emergencies on the lakes in the Lake District. The Windermere Lake Wardens are there to patrol and look after the lake and provide support for agencies like the Coastguard, police and others.

£3000 funding for new cycle routes in Lake District

£3,000 of funding had been put towards new cycle routes in the Lake District.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), Cumbria County Council and the Go Lakes Travel Programme have grouped together to produce six 'Sky Ride' local bike rides and a ride leader training course in Kendal.

The funding from SLDC has come from a £29,000 grant from the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs.

The partnership is part of the council’s Go Easy campaign, which is designed to encourage people to make changes to their daily travel routines for the good of the environment and themselves.

Sky Rides are free bike rides guided by British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes.

The rides take place in South Lakeland throughout the spring and summer.


Giant poppy to mark anniversary of First World War

The poppy maze measures 150 meters by 175 meters Credit: Lakeland Maze Farm Park

A giant poppy measuring 150 meters by 175 meters has been planted in the Lake District to mark the anniversary of the First World War.

The Lakeland Maize Maze, at Sedgwick near Kendal in Cumbria, has made the poppy emblem its design for 2014.

The attraction was the Maize Maze of the Year in both 2011 and 2013 and expects over 18,000 visitors to walk through its poppy design this year when it opens on Saturday, 19 July.

For more information about the maze you can visit the Lakeland Maize Maze website by clicking here.

BREAKING: Blencathra listed as a community asset

Blencathra has been listed as a community asset by Eden District Council.

The sale of the Cumbrian fell was agreed with an unnamed bidder for more than the asking price of £1.75 million on Friday.

Community group Friends of Blencathra were disappointed not to win the sale but say they are delighted the mountain has been designated a community asset.

Friends of Blencathra: "As far as we're concerned, negotiations are still open"

The Friends of Blencathra, the community group trying to buying the Lake District mountain, has responded to reports it has been sold to an 'unnamed party'.

This announcement has yet to be confirmed to us or to our legal representatives by the agents acting for the Lonsdale Estate. Until then, we are still campaigning and still going strong. As far as we are concerned, negotiations are still open. Yesterday, our representatives offered to match one particular bid, and our understanding was that this was being looked upon favourably".

– Group Chair Debbie Cosgrove

For the moment, for Friends of Blencathra it is business as usual. We have yet to be formally advised that negotiations are over. We continue to fundraise, to strengthen our position, and new members are still joining us. Whatever the outcome of the next few days may be, we are a group of people who care passionately about Blencathra and the future. We are continuing with our application to have Blencathra listed as a Community Asset."

– Treasurer David Farrar


Blencathra is sold to an unnamed party

The mountain went on sale on Monday 5th May Credit: PA

The Cumbrian fell Blencathra has been sold to an unnamed bidder according to a press release issued by the agents H&H acting for the Lonsdale Estates.

Hugh Lowther put it on the market at 1.75 million pounds plus VAT as he needs to raise two million pounds to pay off a nine million pound inheritance tax bill.

Blencathra is one of the Lake District's most popular fells. When it was put up for sale in May it created a flurry of interest.

Locally a group, called the Friends of Blencathra, set up a social media campaign to raise the money to buy it. Thousands of people made pledges and on Tuesday, 24 hours ahead of the deadline for sealed bids, those involved with the charity had their fingers crossed that they would be successful.

Earlier a statement from the land agent said:

'We confirm that our client Lonsdale Settled Estate has instructed us to accept an offer from an unnamed buyer which exceeds the guide price for Blencathra Mountain.

Prior to reaching this decision we had discussions with representatives from ‘The Friends of Blencathra’. We have taken into account both their offer and the fact that there is a significant shortfall between this, and the successful offer.'

Debbie Cosgrove, founder and chair of the Friends of Blencathra says the group are shocked and disappointed as they had said they could match the higher offer within 24 hours.

Slice of success for local businessman

A businessman from Cumbria who you could say is showing plenty of spirit in order to succeed.

The secret of Vince Wilkin's award-winning gin is all down to a stream of Lakeland spring water.

In fact he's just won an award, beating dozens of rival gins producers from all over the country.

Paul Crone has been to the source of the story.

A tonic for Lake District's gin maker

A gin, made with spring water from Cumbria, has been named the best in Britain.

Vince Wilkins, director of Spirit of the Lakes which produces the gin, says the most important thing about the gin is the water, which comes from a spring near Ennerdale in the Lake District.

Below, he explains the process of making the award winning gin.

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