By Victoria Brenan
Penrith has been praised as having the best high street by Great British Bake-Off host Mel Giedroyc.
Despite the dismal weather and tight household budgets, 2013 is going to be a record year for the ‘staycation’ trend as 65 per cent of Britons opt to take their summer holiday at home this year.
The holiday report reveals that the Lake District, which came second last year, ranked third behind London and Edinburgh.
For the first time in five years, Cornwall has lost its crown as the nation’s top ‘staycation’ destination and dropped to fourth.
The figures show a significant increase on the past two years, when 41 per cent and 35 per cent of Britons respectively took a domestic break.
With the average trip costing Britons £399.28 this year – a £34.19 reduction from last year – it is estimated this investment will boost the UK tourism industry by £12bn – up £3.3bn from last year.
The findings have been revealed in a new holiday index by Travelodge.
The hotel chain’s fifth annual holiday report surveyed 3,000 British adults to investigate their summer holiday intentions.
It revealed that 42 per cent of these people are taking a week’s holiday in the UK this summer, 15 per cent are indulging in a two-week break on British shores, and a third are splitting their holidays over three short domestic breaks so they can visit a series of locations.
Grant Hearn, Travelodge CEO said: “The ‘staycation’ trend accelerating to record levels and boosting our economy by £12bn this year is a very welcome sign, and hopefully this is the start of our 2012 Olympics legacy gain.
“During 2012, our capital city was showcased in its true glory to all corners of the UK and the world, and it’s a great result that London has been crowned as the top ‘staycation’ destination for 2013.
“However we cannot rest on our laurels, as one of Britain’s biggest business sectors, the opportunity to grow is still great.
“We are not yet near to unlocking the true potential of our industry.”
“This Saturday is our Fell Race at Hutton Roof, weather forecast is looking in our favour so why not come along. For those of you which came 2 years ago the Hen Racing is BACK this year and along with many other things to see and do. There is a free car park which we ask for a donation, it is located across the road from the church.” Andrew Newton
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Highlights of the day include Kerri Leigh as Katy Perry, Local Star Search winner Sean Moore, there are plenty of inflatables for young and old, car boot sales, fun stalls, craft stalls and food stalls, an emergency vehicle stand and many many more activities for the whole family.
We are also hoping to have a 5 aside football tournament going on. We need teams for this, it will be £10 per team to enter with a discount offered to multiple teams from same company. There are prizes to be won, so dig out those football boots and gather your friends, family and colleagues! When you have a team in place, please let me know. The more the merrier, the better the competition, the more money we will raise
If you would like a stall for arts, crafts, for fun or a car boot please let me know in advance.
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Outdoor enthusiasts are being offered the chance to clean up the environment and join in action pursuits for a second year.
The Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean-Up sponsored by outdoor brand Keen, will this year take place at two venues.
A June clean-up in the Peak District will be followed a week later in the Lake District.
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Participants will join in the clean-up in the morning and then will be provided with lunch before enjoying their choice of outdoor activities.
The Peak District event will be based at Castleton and the Lakeland one at Keswick.
A Keen spokesperson said: “Group leaders are allocated and all participants will be provided with cleaning and safety equipment and fully briefed with a safety talk.
“The clean-up finishes at around 12.30pm, with volunteers being rewarded for their mornings’ efforts with a hearty lunch – soup and bread in Lake District, a barbecue in the Peak – on the hillside.
“Participants get to spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying a range of fun outdoor pursuits organised by the Envirotrek leaders. In the Peak District this will include caving, climbing, rope activities and a ridge walk, whilst the Keswick event will feature climbing, canoeing and gill scrambling.
“There’s also a chance to win some great prizes including Keen footwear and gifts for the quirkiest litter found on the hill, with the day’s event closing at approximately 4pm.”
The English gatherings are part of a series of mountain clean-up events held across various European mountain destinations since 2009 including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and France.
The Keen spokesperson said: “With an estimated 16 million visitors to the Lakes and an incredible 22 million scheduled to visit the Peak District this year alone, the environmental footprint is considerable and so popular mountain destinations are becoming increasingly in need of on-the-ground action to clear them of waste in order to maintain their natural beauty and enjoyment for generations to come.
“Envirotrek helps to address this need, drawing together tourists, local communities and businesses to give something back to their environment while enjoying some playtime in the great outdoors.
“Through last year’s Envirotrek initiatives, more than 750kg of rubbish was cleared in 1,000 hours across five European countries.”
The clean-ups will take place on 16 and 23 June.
An entrance fee of £9 is payable locally on the day. Children with a responsible adult are welcome; the fee for ages up to 12 is £4.50.
Keen said if you bought a pair of Keen footwear since August 2012 registration is free.
More details are on the two websites.
The Lake District is a popular destination for mountain biking, family cycling outings and road riding alike (Seb Rogers/Future Publishing)
The new route includes the following popular stops around Windermere and links in with the ‘Bike Boat’ ferry shuttle from Brockhole to Wray:
For 2013, the Bike Bus will run on the following dates:
Claire Maclaine, programme manager for the GoLakes, supporter of the Bike Bus service, said: “The Bike Bus is another great way to help people to explore and enjoy our stunning landscape without the hassle of loading up car bike racks and fighting for parking spaces at the other end. This regular service is geared up specifically for the needs of cyclists and is ideal for families to hop on and off at a range of locations running the full length of Windermere.”
Two new leaflets are being produced to complement the service, ‘Rides from the Bike Bus’ and ‘Days out from the Bike Bus’. Printed on waterproof paper, they will both be available from late May. Alternatively, a full timetable can be viewed online.
Sustrans’ National Cycle Network route 6 runs east from Windermere, linking riders with Kendal and going on through the Howgills and Yorkshire Dales. There’s also a short family friendly bridleway ride on the west side of Windermere, through National Trust land, that can be accessed via the ferry that runs from Bowness-on-Windermere.
It’s about 20km to cycle the length of the lake one way, and there are mainly minor roads and bridleways on the west side and main roads on the east.
But that is exactly what accomplished violinist Tim Kliphuis has planned on not one but three days next week.
Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Dutchman is holding concerts at Hawkshead, Staveley and Keswick respectively with his band the Tim Kliphuis Trio.
Prior to each performance, he will scale a corresponding fell to raise money for the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.
Mr Kliphuis, who is already more than halfway towards his fundraising target of £500, said he was undertaking the unique challenge to show his appreciation for the “incredible work” carried out by the region’s rescue teams.
The first mountain to be conquered is Coniston Old Man on May 16, with the concert to follow at 7.30pm at Hawkshead Church.
He will then tackle the Kentmere Horseshoe the next day before performing at the Staveley Roadhouse from 7.30pm.
The final test comes on May 18 when he runs the Blencathra and Skiddaw mountains in the lead up to playing at the Keswick Mountain Festival.
Log on to www.justgiving.com/fiddlingonthefells for more information about the concerts, or to make a donation.
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The Scottish have invaded Cumbria – and they’ve ruffled a few feathers. A new pair of breeding ospreys have flown into Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, and forced the previous pair out of the nest.
Bird watchers at the Lake District site said the new female, which is ringed, has been traced to Inverness, where she hatched four years ago.
“The two extra ospreys were seen flying over the nest and our [original] young couple last Wednesday,” a spokesman for the Lake District Osprey Project said.
“This upset them tremendously and the female spent a lot of the day jumping off and on the nest, screaming and dancing. It was difficult to see what her partner was doing – chasing or flying with the other pair.
“At one point there was a merry-go-round of ospreys whirring in dizzying circles around the tree and over the adjoining field.”
He said the Scottish invasion appeared to have been successful and forced the first pair of birds – which arrived last month – out of the nest.
The new birds have now been seen for several days in the nest, with the male bringing the female fish. The original birds tried a few ‘dive bomb’ raids on them, he said, “raking at them with talons out”. But it failed to dislodge them.
Because the female bird is ringed she has been traced to Inverness, where she was born in 2009 and named White KL. She has also been seen in Senegal, in 2011 and 2012, by the Rutland osprey team. The male bird is smaller and has similar markings to the original male.
The Lake District Osprey Project is now in its 12th year, after being launched in 2001 when conservationists noticed that ospreys were using what they called a ‘service station’ at Dodd Wood and decided to encourage them to breed.
Supported by the RSPB, the National Park and the Forestry Commission, the project was a success from the start.
More than 100 volunteers monitor the birds 24 hours a day, keeping them safe from egg thieves, vandals and disruption.
Thousands of people visit the viewing points each year, boosting the local economy by £3 million.
The area is “not best known as a battleground” points out i, nor is it “a traditional hotbed of British social and political activism”.
Over in the Daily Telegraph there is a warning that visitors should “watch out” for vigilantes.
And offering some much needed analysis, the Times says that the issue is “threatening to split” a community.
But wait, what is this all about? With a bank holiday approaching Paper Monitor is alarmed on behalf of all those planning a visit.
Oh, of course, it’s a disagreement over dry-tooling.
A group calling itself the People’s Climbing Front of the Lake District has been sabotaging equipment used by people who take part in the activity.
Paper Monitor doesn’t spend as much time hanging from cliff faces as it probably should, but understands that it’s all about using ice axes and crampons on bare rock instead of icy precipices.
Participants use it as training for winter climbing, critics say it damages the “naked” rock.
So, at a disused quarry near Coniston, the “protesters abseiled in with bolt cutters to carry out their work, or climbed the face armed with hacksaws” and got to work on the safety bolts and clips left in situ by the dry-toolers (if that is a term).
It is not a happy state of affairs.
Speaking out against the activists in i, professional climber Alan Hinkes says: “It’s a shadowy thing to do, because they are not saying who they are, which is vigilantism in one way.”
Others have called the action “petty vandalism by purists”.
Meanwhile, the British Mountaineering Council has called for dialogue, says the Telegraph.
It all sounds very stressful.
But, whatever the rights and wrongs of it all, Paper Monitor is pleased that it’s unlikely to be directly affected.
Time for a nice, quiet stroll.
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