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Storm Desmond clean-up continues

School playground flooded in Lancashire Credit: Photo: ITV News

People in Cumbria and Lancashire are continuing efforts to clean up their communities after the devastation caused by the flooding following Storm Desmond.

Photos show a school playground in St Michael's on Wyre completely flooded with equipment strewn around as a result of the storm.

School playground flooded in Lancashire Credit: Photo: ITV News


Lakeland maze marks First World War anniversary

A Lake District attraction has planted a large "poppy" to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The Lakeland Maize Maze, at Sedgwick near Kendal in Cumbria, measures 150 metres by 175 metres and has been created in a maize crop.

Aerial view of "poppy" maize.

Officals from the attraction expect more than 18,000 visitors to walk through the maze this year.

Owner, Graham Wadsworth, says: “Our poppy design is the most poignant we have had as the theme for our maze and we hope that families will reflect on the sacrifices made by great-great grandparents and other relatives who perhaps fought in World War 1.”

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Lake District voted most romantic place in the country

Honister Slate Mine, Lake District Credit: PA

The Lake District has been voted the most romantic destination in the UK, in a survey of 2000 people carried out by

It was followed in second place by the Cotswolds, and London and Cornwall took the third and fourth spots.

At the other end of the scale, the least-romantic spots were: Slough, Birmingham, Scunthorpe, Hull, Bradford, Basingstoke, London, Crewe, Stockton on Tees and Blackpool.


Private lake in Cumbria up for sale on Ebay

Esthwaite Water Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A lake which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter is up for sale on eBay.

Esthwaite Water, the Lake District's largest privately-owned lake, is the first lake in the world to be sold on the internet auction site.

Esthwaite Water, which straddles the villages of Near Sawrey and Hawkshead, was described by author Potter as her "favourite lake" and the area now pays homage to the Peter Rabbit creator in the form of a licensed nature trail.

It also features in the Lyrical Ballads of poet Wordsworth.

The lake has a classified ad price on eBay of £300,000.

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