Keswick Cycleway reopens
cycleway between Keswick and Threlkeld is to reopen on December
5 2020...the trail will officially be reopened to the community
on 5 December, on the fifth anniversary of Storm Desmond. Pictured
the opened up tunnel part of the route..More
Nuclear Dump under the Lakes moves step closer in 2020
10/11/2020 Keswick and Whitehaven Tory MP backs dump planning
The granite under parts of Eskdale and Wasdale may end up hosting
the UK's proposed underground nuclear dump(estimated cost so far
£4.3 billion). Meanwhile the guardians of the Lakes, the National
Park Authority says it's inappropriate to object...Lakestay disagrees
and says it is much better to keep the waste above ground where
it can be monitored. But huge community 'bribes' may cloud Cumbrians'
judgement and Copeland and Allerdale councils have said they want
to 'take the money'.....Read more
on this important issue...or see the video
Dramatic inversion below Red Pike caught in superb
picture by @adrianstrand
Child Labour in Cumbrian Mines
Life was cheap as coal was hewn under the Irish Sea..Learn
more at our web site
The Real Bluebird
Find out about the restoration of Donald Campbell's
not to be confused with the K777 replica that has been
controversially in the news.
Roman Fort on
Truly magnificent setting for this Roman fort in the mountains...find
out more at our Romans in Cumbria page.
Learn to Speak Cumbrian?
Find out what it means to be Gattered and the
many other dialect Cumbrian words that hark back to the days when
the Vikings were the main farmers in the Lakeland dales. Such words
as Knock and knash, neb, mush and scran are just some of those explained
on this Dialect Dictionary web site.
in the Lakes..
MPs brought an end to
John Peel's sport in February 2005.
Follow this link to find out more about the Lakeland
hunting packs and to hear John Peel's song.
Cumbria boast...to be first carbon-neutral county in the UK ?
The trendy belief in the Humans Cause Climate change theory has
reached the Lake District. The so called 'climate emergency' is
upending many aspects of our lives, including orders to scrap gas
fired central heating and petrol drven cars. the latest example
of a quango following the trendy theory is Cumbria Action for Sustainability
(https://cafs.org.uk/), a charity
that has had a large Lottery grant aid. The organisation says it
wants to make Cumbria the first carbon neutral county in the UK,
and is recruiting many new posts to this end.
Lakestay says human caused climate change is a theory currently
popular with many scientists. But there are a myriad of other factors
causing climate change and it is useful to remember that in previous
eons the planet had temperatures of 23 degrees celsius at the polar
regions, yet life on earth thrived at these times.
See background on the Holocene era. So perhaps the trendy Extinction
Rebellion is a bit OTT !
And more from Scientific American.
Be Aware!The Right to Roam could be under Threat
We are all aware of those police check points stopping people visiting
the Lakes to walk the fells, based on the theoretical risks of spreading
But it has awakened concerns over wider plans by the Conservative
government to make trespass a criminal offfence, thus making walkers
unwittingly at risk of breaking the law.
Association is "deeply concerned by government proposals
to change trespass rules, which have been subject to a Home Office
consultation. The current proposals could result in an erosion of
people’s rights to access the countryside, particularly in
the context of the Conservative Party manifesto commitment to make
intentional trespass a criminal offence. This needs an urgent rethink."
" A compelling case for changing trespass rules has not been
made. Three quarters of police forces believe that their current
powers in relation to unauthorised encampments are sufficient and
proportionate, while 84% are opposed to the criminalisation of unauthorised
Walking in the countryside should not put you at risk of committing
a crime. Criminalisation of trespass would put walkers and others
at risk of committing an offence. People may have to leave a footpath
to get past an obstruction or have sincerely held beliefs that they
have a right of access.
The proposals threaten ‘wild’ camping and the right
to protest. The lack of clarity within the current proposals risk
criminalising other activity, including wild camping and people’s
legitimate right to protest. Our current rights to access the outdoors
have been built on the legitimate protest of previous generations.what
circumstances it might be applied."
See also https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/
We at Lakestay have always said the ban on
open air walking because of Covid19 was illogical.
Lakeland's Derelict Lido
A derelict Grade II listed coastal lido is to be refurbished and
reopened to the public, but not as a swimming pool. Plans for Grange
Lido in Cumbria to be turned into a "multi-use public space" have
been agreed by South Lakeland District Council. Grange Town Council
is also to support. The authority said it could be used for swimming
in the future if a business case was made for a pool that could
run without an ongoing public subsidy. The outdoor seaside salt-water
bathing Lido opened in 1932 and was open and popular until closure
in 1993. https://www.savegrangelido.co.uk/
Cumbria's Lord of the Runes
Was this Cumbrian find the inspiration
for J R Tolkien's epic tales?
it all about?
Saving the Lakes from an Army of Conifers
A Tale to amuse Jonathan Swift?
they took the first elephants to Australia!
The quiet shores of the Solway
St Bega's Walk
Find out about the inter-Irish 'Murphy Riots'
Ennerdale, the quiet valley
Cockermouth after the Floods
Find out some of the ways Cumbria was embroiled
in the Cold War...Read on
The eccentric pioneering rock climber and Borrowdale
caveman Millican Dalton...more .
Wasdale Shepherds Meet enjoyed late summer sun. Trail hounds race
for the finish (Pic M.McKenzie) Meanwhile Cumbrian foxhunting
packs wait to see if the new government rescind the Foxhunting
The Doomed Hamlets
This was the last sermon at the church before the reservoir
flooded the valley. Read about another
chapel lost forever.
Wildlife in your parish
Tullie House at Carlisle has this excellent web site which tells
you which rare species live in every parish of Cumbria...
The Coniston postman always....
takes a picture of the wonder of the
Lakes each day..join him at www.lakelandcam.co.uk