Lake District Goings On

by David Murray on 11 April 2012

in Activities, Cumbria, Lake District General, Lake District NP, Opinion

Recent news from around the Lake District includes a story in the Westmorland Gazette that the National Park Authority is now looking forward to further plans for the future of its Brockhole visitor centre by the shore of Windermere. Much has been done over the past year or so but we can look forward to imaginative new plans to unfold over the coming years.

A TEAM led by one of the country’s leading firms of landscape architects has been appointed to map out and design the next phase in the major redevelopment of Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere….
More from the Westmorland Gazette at:
Company has designs on future of Brockhole

Another piece of very welcome news is that the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine has been shortlisted for a national tourism award. Especially given the ridiculous penalisation of Honister last year, and the refusal of planning permission for their proposed zip wire, it is to be hoped that they win the award. Maybe then (hoping against hope!) both bureaucratic and populist opponents of progress in Lake District tourism will begin to realise that they’re fighting against informed opinion.

Anyway, back to the Via Ferrata. For anyone who doesn’t know what this is I include here the brief description given by the newspaper, but there’s much more at: Honister Via Ferrata

The via ferrata offers an access route to the top of Fleetwith Pike and involves people scured by harnesses edging along the historic cliff-edge using metal ladders, hand rungs and bridges to reach the summit, which offers stunning views over Buttermere and Crummock Water….
More, again from the Westmorland Gazette, at:
Via ferrata at Honister shortlisted for national tourism gong

That’s it for today, folks. I’ve probably upset some of my readers yet again, but I promise never to shrink from expressing clearly my views about what is best for this beautiful region – and that is not to “preserve it in aspic” so that once-every-five-years visitors can come and admire it in contemplative silence. Let’s get the young people here (and I say that as someone knocking on toward seventy).


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