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Open water swimmers head to the Lakes

The first ever Utterly Buttermere open water swim is taking place. 200 people are taking to the water to swim 1.5k, 5k or 10k around the circumference of Buttermere.

The challenge is organised by Head to the Hills and High Terrain Events in association with the National Trust.

Organisers hope it will become a regular feature on the open water swimming calendar.


Electric cars for hire in the Lakes

The electric cars Credit: ITV Border

An Electric car hire scheme has been launched in the Lake District. Visitors to the National Park can now hire electric cars when they visit. It's part of a project by GoLakes Travel to reduce visitor CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes a year by 2015.

The vehicles are available for hire at the Langdale Hotel at Elterwater.