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Catamaran aids Windermere ranger work

A catamaran will be used by rangers to patrol England’s longest lake, to reflect a shift in leisure activities.

Lake Windermere launch and boat hire area
Lake Windermere Launch Area

The Lake District National Park Authority said it would provide a more stable platform for their work on Windermere than the inflatable and motorboat currently used.

The Cheetah catamaran is similar to vessels used by police and the Environment Agency.

Rangers enforce by-laws, offer safety advice and carry out conservation work.

Park management ranger Sara Spicer said: “We are encouraging a shift from fast watersports towards sailing, paddle craft and open water swimming.

“As the emphasis alters, so does our role.

“These days an important part of our work is watching out for the ever-growing number of swimmers, advising them to be visible and boat users to be on the look-out for them.”

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.

Threats to our treasured Lake District landscape – Sunday Sun

Threats to our treasured Lake District landscape

by Kate Proctor, Sunday Sun

UNPRECEDENTED challenges are facing one of the North’s most treasured beauty spots as controversial development plans loom, campaigners say.

The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is currently at the centre of a dispute over plans for a nuclear waste burial site, a new nuclear power station next to Sellafield, miles of pylons, wind turbines and rumbling battles over a zip wire.

As high-profile Everest mountaineer Chris Bonington sensationally quit his position as vice-president of the conservation organisation Friends of the Lake District National Park, the organisation is now looking to its next hurdle in its quest to save the park’s open countryside.

Jack Ellerby, policy officer for Friends of the Lake District National Park – the group that Chris Bonington left after it refused to back plans for a zip wire to run along fellside at Honister Slate Mine – said: “There are massive threats, each one in themselves would be devastating.

“It’s one unprecedented challenge after the next.”

“The zip wire is just one of the many issues. Right now the burial of nuclear material under the park is of major concern.”

Vast repositories for radioactive waste are proposed near to the Eskdale valley and mudstone on the Solway to solve a serious national shortage of safe stores.

Jack said: “People do not trust this process and the issue is whether the geography is suitable.

“Even top geologists have said there’s very low potential that the rock will be suitable.”

He described Chris Bonington’s departure as sad as he had been such a strong supporter of their campaign against the Conservative Government’s decision to sell of Forestry Commission land in 2011 and was also a key fund- raiser.

“We weren’t against the zip wire,” said Jack, of the attraction that for many was seen as a vital part of the county’s ‘Adventure Capital’ marketing strategy to entice younger people into the park.

“It was where it was placed. A forest location would have been preferable.”

The zip wire proposal was turned down by park planners earlier this month.

Cumbria’s nuclear future also falls under the spotlight this week as when Allerdale and Copeland District Council meets on Wednesday to vote on whether to pursue the county as a repository site.

Jack said: “Beyond the repositories, there are also concerns about the pylons that would run from the new power station.

“All this energy is being exported to the South.

“How much energy and infrastructure are we going to have to put in to meet the needs of the nation without damaging our assets, our natural beauty? That’s the challenge.”

via Threats to our treasured Lake District landscape – Sunday Sun.

grough — Teens invited to get muddy in the Lake District on Young Ranger scheme

Teens invited to get muddy in the Lake District on Young Ranger scheme

John McHale, Reporter

Monday 14 January 2013 04:40 PM GMT

Loughrigg and Rydal Water, venue for the volunteer day.

Teenagers are being invited to get wet and muddy in a national park conservation scheme.

The Lake District National Park Authority is seeking young volunteers between the ages of 14 and 19 for its Young Rang

via grough — Teens invited to get muddy in the Lake District on Young Ranger scheme.

Lake District National Park – New look for tourism ‘favourite’

New look for tourism ‘favourite’

Keswick Information Centre is undergoing a ‘make-over’ from next week to improve the customer service and retail experience offered to its thousands of customers.

Due to the extent of the £40,000 refurbishment the Lake District National Park Moot Hall centre will have to close its doors to the public from Tuesday 15 January until its re-opening with a smart new look on Monday 4 February.

LDNPA Information Services Project Manager Olivia Clarke said it was unfortunate that the popular and busy centre could not have remained open during the works and apologised for any inconvenience. But incorporating the current two-floors of trading into just a single ground floor operation was quite a substantial project.

“We are doing the work at one of our quietest times of the year, but I appreciate there will be some disruption. However by improving our retail and bookings offerings, we hope to increase our annual income to help offset the running costs of the centre and secure its long term future.

“We fully believe that Information Centres are an integral part of both the local and visitor communities. These changes will make better use of the retail space and improve the vital service we offer in Keswick,” she added.

Adventure Capital and accommodation booking sservices currently carried out on the first floor at Moot Hall will be brought downstairs and incorporated into the more dynamic retail service.

The LDNPA’s information centre at Bowness Bay on Windermere will also undergo a reorganisation before spring.

via Lake District National Park – New look for tourism ‘favourite’.