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A Lake District mountain up for sale at £1.75 million

A Lake District mountain has been put up for sale as its owner attempts to pay off a hefty tax bill. Blencathra, a 2,850ft (868m) high peak known as Saddleback, has been placed on the market for £1.75 million.

A sale brochure for Blencathra mountain in Lake District Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Lowther, is trying to sell the 2,676 acre plot to help pay off the reported £9 million tax he owes from his father's inheritance.

"My family have owned Blencathra and its Manor for over 400 years, so the sale of this iconic property will be a great loss," he said.

"However, we need to realise capital for Inheritance Tax following the death of my father in 2006 and our aim is to retain the core portions of the Lonsdale Estates intact as far as is possible."

The buyer will obtain grazing rights for 5,471 ewes, 732 hoggs, 200 lambs and also be entitled to use the title Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld.