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.

Tagged with: Helecopter, Pet, Rescue, dog


Posted: 04/06/2011 10:16:05 by Nigel Nixon

A GOVERNMENT appointed planning inspector has ruled that an ancient Lake District fell pass is out of bounds for motorised vehicles.

The decision by the Secretary of State to make Garburn Pass, between Troutbeck and Kentmere, a ‘restricted byway’ follows three years of legal argument.

It means that any motorist or motorcyclist using the pass is committing a criminal offence and could face serious legal consequences.

The inspector went through hundreds of pages of documents ranging from maps of 1822, guide books of the 1880s, and photographs of motorbikes using the pass in the 1920s.

The Lake District National Park Authority has also announced that thanks to around £55,000 of Government funding invested in repairs following the 2009 floods, the pass is probably in better condition than it has been for hundreds of years.

“The storms of November 2009 badly damaged both sides of the pass, especially the western side where the track effectively became a river, and most of the surface ended up on the main road,” said National Park Countryside Access Adviser Nick Thorne.

“We were able to obtain significant funding under the Paths for the Public Project, funded by Defra, the Rural Development Programme for England, and Cumbria County Council. And we have now completely rebuilt the worst affected areas in three stages with the work being carried out by our own staff, the National Trust, and a local contractor.”



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