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Fix the Fells sees 10 years of volunteering

Fix the Fells volunteers repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District Credit: PA

Today marks 10 years since volunteers started working for Fix the Fells project. Fix the Fells are a team of rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District to protect the landscape.

The weather and millions of pairs of walking boots that cross the land mean erosion is a problem. Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson headed out with them today to see a repair project in Borrowdale, where she spoke with volunteer Alan Manby:


Fresh sighting of missing man in Cumbria

David Brown. Credit: Cumbria Police

A 68-year-old man who has been missing since 30 January, has been spotted in Cumbria.

David Brown had set up camp at Chapel House Farm, in the Borrowdale area, and is originally from Shetland.

He went missing at around 9am on 30 January, and police say he was spotted in Dalton-in-Furness on 13 February.

He is described as white, 5'10", of slim build with dark greying hair and glasses.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Concerns for missing 14-year-old boy

Missing 14 year old Kash Rosenau-Hussain Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Cumbria say are concerned for the wellbeing of a teenager who's gone missing from the Borrowdale area.

14-year-old Kash Rosenau-Hussain was last seen at around 1:20pm today, Wednesday 16th March.

He is described as Asian, 5 foot 7 inches, of slim build, black hair, wearing a black cap, black “Craighoppers” coat, black “Ralph Lauren” trousers and black “Adidas” trainers.

Police say that although Kash is only 14 years old, he looks older.

It is believed that he could be heading towards Keswick and then trying to hitchhike his way to Stoke-on-Trent.

Police are appeal to anyone who may have seen Kash to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

Cumbrian schools close due to flooding fears

Keswick School and Borrowdale Church of England Primary School have closed early to enable pupils to get back home safely.

Cumbria is currently suffering from heavy downpours, falling on already saturated ground. There are problems around the county with surface water.

A number of flood warnings are currently in place across the county.

Mountain biker seriously injured

A mountain biker has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling in the Lake District.

The 40-year-old man from Egremont fell off his bike yesterday afternoon at 4pm on Castle Crag in Borrowdale.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew him to the major trauma centre at the Royal Preston hospital for specialist care.

He suffered head, leg and chest injuries and is in a stable condition.


B5289 Borrowdale Road closed to cars

The B5289 Borrowdale Road in the Lake District will be shut to cars for six weeks while a retaining wall is repaired.

Pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and horse riders will be able to pass through while work is ongoing.It'll cost around £60,000 to complete the work.

The B5289 Borrowdale Road in the Lake District will be shut to cars for six weeks Credit: ITV News
The road is closed to vehicles for six weeks Credit: ITV News

The B5289 in the Lake District will be shut for six weeks

One of the main roads through the Lake District will be closed for six weeks. The B5289, which skirts along the east of Derwent Water and is the main access road for communities along Borrowdale including Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller, is shut.

Cumbria Highways Engineers say need to carry out structural repairs to a retaining wall that stops the roadway from collapsing into the lake. Residents and businesses will face a detour across Honister Pass which can get blocked by snow and ice in winter.

Barry Surtees from Honister Slate Mine said it would affect his business by stopping lorries from using the Borrowdale route to collect slate. He also criticised the council for a lack of notice claiming he had not had any communications from Cumbria County Council directly.

"We appreciate that this is a popular, well-known road work on the retaining wall and keep one lane open, we now know that this cannot be done safely.

"We will pull out all the stops to get the work done as soon as we can and keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind as this will help with the time it takes.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways

Hundreds expected to help "Fix the Fells"

Hundreds of volunteers are helping to fix the Borrowdale fells in the Lake District today.

Volunteers met in Rosthwaite this morning before heading out to restore paths, woodland and dry stone walls.

They include school children, young people from the Lakes College and the Princes Trust and apprentices from a local housing company, who are learning to dry stone wall, as well as adults.

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