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What a day – Will it last

Lake District Sunshine

Now the weather is so good you will want to maximise on your opportunities and enjoy a break in the Lake District and soak in the views as shown in the picture.

We have many great offers and discounted properties to help reduce your costs, so book now and enjoy the sunny Lakes.

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Daffodils by the lakeside - Lake District
Daffodils appreciating the view
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Introducing The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark – a new, naturally fat free dairy ingredient

Introducing The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark 

A naturally fat free dairy ingredient, that’s set to add a new range of culinary options for health conscious consumers nationwide. Launching nationally this week in a variety of flavours; Original, Lemon, and Vanilla – The Lake District Dairy Co. British Quark offers itself as a truly versatile dairy ingredient that is great for cooking, mixing and baking.

For more information:  http://clarion.pressdoc.com/45082-introducing-the-lake-district-dairy-co-quark-dairy-s-new-guilt-free-everyday-cooking-ingredient

Scottish invaders force ospreys out of Bassenthwaite nest

Scottish invaders force ospreys out of Bassenthwaite nest

By Victoria Brenan

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.

via News & Star | News | Scottish invaders force ospreys out of Bassenthwaite nest.

The Lake District vigilantes

The Lake District vigilantes

The warnings couldn’t be clearer – there has been an outbreak of civil unrest in the Lake District.

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).

The Works is popular for dry-tooling — but purists say it damages the landscape

The Works is popular for dry-tooling — but purists say it damages the landscape
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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.

In the first known case of direct action against dry-tooling, the group said it chopped safety bolts from high rock faces and a cavern roof in Coniston

In the first known case of direct action against dry-tooling, the group said it chopped safety bolts from high rock faces and a cavern roof in Coniston Photo: Alamy

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.

via BBC News – Paper Monitor: The Lake District vigilantes.

Carlisle Cottages Landing Page

Try our Carlisle Cottages Landing Page

 Why not try our Carlisle landing page to find a cottage this weekend for the Pirelli Rally, being hosted in Carlisle.

As this area is steeped in history, offering many activities for couples, families and larger groups. There are also many cycling, shopping, and walking opportunities available in this area, as well as this being an extremely scenic and informative part of Cumbria. So if you need to find accommodation to holiday in this area or because you want to attend an event such as the Pirelli Rally then this page will help you find what you want much quicker.

The format and layout is similar to all our other landing pages, keeping it nicely conformed and easier for you to navigate through these pages to find exactly what you require in less time, giving you more time to dream of your holiday, rather than fretting over whether you can find something.

You can find our Carlisle Cottages landing page by clicking on the highlighted text. Pass the webpage onto your friends and family as you never know when it may come in handy. +1 this post at the bottom of the screen or alternatively like us on our facebook page or tweet us. Our aim is to help you find the right cottage at the right price in the right area.

Carlisle Cottages in the North Lake District - Landing Page

Using this page will help you to find and book your holiday cottage much quicker and easier, just try it….

Walking the parks to help others with MS in Jane Tomlinson challenge – More Wakefield News – Wakefield Express

Walking the parks to help others with MS in Jane Tomlinson challenge

By Don Mort

A man who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis seven years ago is determined to help others with the condition in a series of charity walks.

Cottage Holiday Group - Lake District

Kahn Johnson, 39, is taking the Jane Tomlinson National Park Challenge, which will see him complete walks in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Journalist Mr Johnson, of Hollingthorpe Lane, Hall Green, has been told by doctors he is likely to need a wheelchair within the next decade for his condition.

He said he was determined to take up the challenge while he still can to raise cash for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mr Johnson, whose illness often leaves him with severe pains in his legs, said: “I am really looking forward to the walks because the countryside and landscapes are stunning but I know my legs will hurt like hell afterwards.

“Still, no pain no gain and it’s something I have to do to raise money for charity. It will be quite an effort but it will be worth it.”

Profits from the challenge will go to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the legacy of the late fundraiser who completed a series of tough endurance feats despite suffering from incurable cancer.

Walkers are also encouraged to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

Mr Johnson, a page designer with Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus newspaper, will enter the  Triple Trekker challenge with his wife Izzy.

The couple will be accompanied by their two dogs.

Mr Johnson said: “Three years ago I ran the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k and the London 10k back to back but there’s no way my legs would let me run like that now.

“So when I read about the launch of the National Park Challenge it seemed a good alternative.”

The Triple Trekker Challenge is made up of three walks ranging from 12 to 14 miles in the Peak District on Sunday April  28, the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, August 18 and the Lake District on Sunday September 8.

To find out more about The National Park Challenge, log on to http://www.walkforall.com

To sponsor Mr Johnson, log on to http://www.justgiving.com/offwetoddle

via Walking the parks to help others with MS in Jane Tomlinson challenge – More Wakefield News – Wakefield Express.

Lake District National Park – Going weekend wild

An invitation to get wild in a weekend of Bank Holiday action at a leading national park attraction has gone out.

The free event at Lake District Visitor Centre, Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, is calling on pond dippers, all-age adventurers, live show buffs and even primitive tool throwers to get stuck in.

Two days of heady fun and entertainment are on offer on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, in Get Wild at Brockhole.

Whether it is taster canoeing sessions, sharing walks and wisdom, bushcraft and survival skills, or street shows courtesy of the Fairly Famous Family, this is the place to be.

Lake District National Park’s events co-ordinator Andrea Hills urged visitors and locals to turn up and experience the expected – and unexpected.

She explained: “This really is a fantastic, free programme with widespread appeal. Irrespective of age or interests, the all-weather itinerary promises a lot of fun for everyone.

“It was hugely successful last year and we’re expecting bumper crowds again. We’re all set for a fantastic day, rain or shine. If people want to chill out and listen to stories, go on to the lake, or a whole lot in between, come and join us.”

via Lake District National Park – Going weekend wild.