Posted: 24/04/2014 12:16:37 by Nigel Nixon
Ullswater Steamers has teamed up with the RSPB for a special cruise ‘Water, Predator and Heathland Birds Cruise’ which will sail from Glenridding on May 17 at 9.45am.

Organisers say passengers can look to the skies in search of the peregrine falcon, while trying not to miss the spectacular birds, which may appear on the water.

The cruises involves passing ancient woodlands, fells and islands, which organisers say provide habitat for some of England’s rarest species of flora and fauna, such as the red breasted merganser, the nuthatch and otters, as well as Peregrine Falcons in the sky.

Great rafts of gulls also roost on the lake and the bays are frequented by mallards, greylag geese, goosanders, kingfishers, cormorants, dippers, sandpipers and ospreys have all been sighted on passage.
After an hour on the lake, the Steamer stops at Pooley Bridge, where a mini bus will escort passengers to Askham Fell, which is home to many intriguing ancient sites from stone circles to burial cairns and a herd of wild ponies.

Suitable clothing including walking boots is needed as a moderate walk is involved and guests are advised to take a packed lunch.

Tickets need to be booked in advance and are £12.50 for an RSPB member and £14.50 for non-members, with children half price. Profits go to RSPB.   For further information about events and cruises with Ullswater Steamers please visit www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or call on 017684 82229.
 



Posted: 24/04/2014 12:13:52 by Nigel Nixon
The annual Scarecrow Festival and Fair takes place in the village of Wray from Saturday, April 26 to Monday, May 5.
During the festival, visitors are able to walk through the village and discover the hundreds of scarecrows made by local residents.

There were no entry fees during the festival, apart from the Bank Holiday fair, and there is ample parking (£1.50) around the village.

At the Bank Holiday fair there will be a number of stalls and attractions, including chainsaw carving, a birds of prey display, duck herding and a fell race and members of the local fire and rescue team will be demonstrating how to rescue people from a crashed car.

Wray Village is located in the Lune Valley between Lancaster and Ingleton.

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Posted: 23/04/2014 12:03:53 by Nigel Nixon
Hollywood star Warwick Davis is set to show why the Lake District is his ‘favourite place in the world’.

Famed for starring in Star Wars and Harry Potter, the actor and his family spent a weekend camping in Keswick for an episode of ITV’s Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis.

As a keen ‘staycationer’, Warwick shows his reluctant wife and two children what the British holiday can provide that can’t be found in other parts of the world.

During his trip to the Lake District he tried his hand at Ghyll Scrambling down mountain streams and rocky crevices – even though he cannot swim.



Posted: 20/04/2014 00:00:00 by Nigel Nixon
Murphy, a pet dog missing for five days on the Lakeland fells, has been found safe and well after its owner hired a private helicopter and a specially trained search dog him.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team searched over five days to try and find Murphy and was eventually found by the helecopter at Fall Crag, below Angle Tarn, near Hartsop.

Owner Lewis Blythe, of Bury St Edmunds had been holidaying in Windermere when Murphy went missing and decided to hire a helicopter at a reported cost of £1,000.

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Posted: 16/09/2013 20:28:22 by Nigel Nixon

The Tour of Britain passed through the Lake District, with crowds filling Ambleside and neighbouring towns along the route to cheer the riders on.

The group rode 225km from Carlisle to Kendal in very damp conditions in what was the longest ever stage of the tour.

Riders included Olympic Gold Medalist, and Tour de France champion, Bradley Wiggins and sprinting supremo Mark Cavendish (although he did not win the sprint in Kendal!)

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