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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 Hotels.com.

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.

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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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Lake district zip wire rejected

A renewed planning application for a zip wire measuring more than 3,280ft across the fells of the Lake District has been rejected.

Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington was among supporters of the proposals for Honister Slate Mine who tried to persuade committee members to approve the project.

Planning officers recommended its approval subject to a number of conditions but the Lake District National Park Authority's development control committee voted 7-4 against on the grounds of the impact on the landscape.

Last weekend Sir Chris tweeted his support for the plans at Honister Pass in Borrowdale, Cumbria, as he wrote: "Minimal environmental or visual impact, lots of fun, opposed by some."

It was a stance opposed by the Friends of the Lake District, of which he is vice president.

We are pleased that the Lake District National Park Authority members agreed that the scale of this proposal in this location was inappropriate and the open fell should remain free from man-made developments, protected for everyone's benefit. This is the best decision for the Lake District's wider tourism economy now and in the longer term."

– Friends of the Lake District
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