Cumbrian Local July 2013 Issue

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July 2013

Your Local Community Chef Before the Clocks go Back Update at Upfront - The Fellranger Help Deliver your Cumbrian Local Eden Food and Farming Festival Peaks and Pathways

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Penrith and Scotmid Co-operatives Work Towards Merger. The Boards of Penrith and Scotmid Co-operatives have agreed to merge the two Societies subject to member approval. The next stage will see the sharing of information with a view to the merger completing in the Autumn of this year. At this stage there will be no further announcements from either Society. For information – John Mills, Penrith Co-operative 01768 862366 Notes. Penrith Co-operative is Cumbria’s largest independent Co-operative society and has been at the heart of local communities since 1890. Penrith’s turnover for the year ended January 7th 2013 was £13m. The Society employs 179 staff in nine retail outlets and Post Offices across Cumbria and County Durham. The Society is democratically controlled by its members the Head Office is in Penrith. Further information on Penrith can be found at;; Scotmid Co-operative is Scotland’s largest independent Co-operative society and has been at the heart of local communities since 1859. Scotmid’s latest financial figures (for the year ended 26th January, 2013) showed an operating profit of £6m and a turnover of £428m. The Society employs nearly 5000 staff in 350 retail and service outlets across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. This includes Scotmid Food, Semichem, The Fragrance House, funeral branches, post offices and a property division. The Society is owned, managed and governed in Scotland and as a co-operative is democratically controlled by its members. Further information on Scotmid can be found at;; and on Twitter @scotmid.

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Welcome to your Cumbrian Local Welcome to this month’s July edition of Cumbrian Local. We do have a lot of the usual updates and it’s quite clear as we approach the holidays that we are in for a busy summer with plenty going on. At the time of printing, we were in the week leading up to the Skelton Show, the Penrith Co-op Society had announced its merger with Scotmid and on the date this issue was posted online (1st July) the petition for Penrith to have a town council was launched. My best wishes to the Skelton Committee and to the Penrith Co-op Society. With regards to whether Penrith should have a town council, wishes I feel don’t cover it. Before the clocks go back at the end of this summer, the residents of Penrith, we hope knowing the positives of having all the information in front of them about whether they want a town council, will go to the count (page 18). Cumbrian Local will be presenting a lot of information in its next issue, which won’t be until September. In August, Cumbrian Local will be working with the Penrith RFC. It is the start of a working partnership in assisting the Rugby Club with raising its profile at the start of the season and in January 2014, Cumbrian Local will be helping co-ordinate the design and distribution of the start of the season programme, which whilst for many years has been distributed just at the ground in Winters Park, from the beginning of August it will also be distributed through doors in Penrith and the surrounding areas like the Cumbrian Local. In January, as there is no Cumbrian Local, it is our intention to release a mid season match day programme update, with revised stats, club news and fixtures, once again through doors. Back to the Summer of 2013! We have our Eden Food and Farming Festival from 20th July, which rounds off at the Penrith Show on Saturday 27th July (page 8). We also Continued on page 4

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have the Cumbria Forestry Festival on Sunday 21st July (page 21) and we have the Lowther Show on 10th & 11th August page (7). These are just some of the events, but we do have a lot of other activities happening. This month we welcome John Crouch, Celebrity Chef (page 15), Mark Richards, Author, Photographer and Artist (page 22) to Cumbrian Local and in keeping with the roots of local and much of what it stands for, we have our first article since 2011 from the PACT (page 10), which we hope will be a regular feature. Our follow up to Oil strike at Brough features on page 14 and with our regular advertisers and articles from Nick ‘Talk the Walk’ Wells, Derek Cockell from the Wainwight Society and our Eden FM update, all I can say is, have a fantastic summer. I’ll be back in September with more good news and stories from the Eden Valley, North Lakes and North Pennines.

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Ahh there you are…Melanie Vincent


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Our Local Community Chef


Before the Clocks go back


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Sign the petition now Before the Clocks go back page 16

Penrith Co-op Society Honey Project page 12

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Wainwright Lecture with Rory Stewart 20 Cumbria Forestry Festival 21 Lakeland Fellranger – Mark Harris 22

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Update at Upfront

Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre near, Hutton in the Forest Penrith, has made a strong contribution to the local and regional arts scene since opening in 1997. The project began in a beautifully converted 17th century barn which is still at the centre of the development and is home to the vegetarian restaurant and coffee shop. The delicious wide ranging menu is served on an all day basis. All of the food served is made in house which means that all ingredients of every dish are known. Visitors with individual food requirements can be catered for. Visitors have returned many times before realising with surprise that the menu is vegetarian. The buildings have recently undergone major changes as the work of Upfront Arts Puppet Theatre has recently been recognised and funded by the Arts Council England and the Rural Development Program for England. Upfront Arts Ltd. was formed as a not for profit organisation when the puppet company formed ten years ago. The company is about to become a charity, the land for it’s new building has been donated for a peppercorn rent for the next ten years. John and Elaine Parkinson, the

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founders have manged to build the first purpose built theatre ever to be constructed in Eden. Sponsored seats will have raised around £13,000 of the project budget and this money will be called in when the charity status is verified. Around twenty seats are still available to be sponsored and full details of the project can be found on the website The building is an iconic low carbon construction using 25% of steel from the original building, “I” beam” timber wall constuction,highly insulated with re-cycled fluffed up paper pulp. The outside of the building is clad with larch form local forests and the rainwater from the roof will soon re-cycle to flush on site toilets. The building will soon be heated with a biomass boiler and will have an array of photo voltaic cells on the roof to generate electricity to be used on site. There is now a 144 seat theatre on site with specialist resources for staging puppet productions, there is a small studio space and there are on site workshops for making puppets scenery and props. The new outside courtyard is fronted with a row of timber columns as a gesture to the neo-classical columns fronting many Victorian theatres. The courtyard has allowed the old stone wall of the barn to be uncovered and old doors and windows to be opened allowing in daylight to the original building. The courtyard is a great sun trap with outside tables for the rare moments when the sun shines. Watch the website for summer visits by Punch and Judy to this space. The summer will be used to complete the decoration and finish the building.

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The lift to all of the first floor of the building will be in operation shortly and the proposed first floor Puppet Museum area is nearly complete. John and Elaine the owners plan to take a summer break, having worked constantly for the last two years on the construction of the building so that it would come in on it’s surprisingly low budget of £350,000. An official opening will take place for the new venue in the Autumn. This has been a labour of love for the owners who have created a fantastic cultural and tourism resource for the area. Sell out concerts have already been held at the venue.The Annual Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open Exhibition is heading towards its 13th year next Spring. The next puppet show to be staged will be “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” which will open at Christmas and will be based on a version by Micheal Morpurgo”. Bookings for local school parties are now open. Music composed for the show can be downloaded from the Web-site. Summer at the gallery will see a combined show by two artists, a photographer (Phil Mc Menery) and a painter( Julie Dumbarton) The show called “Scene Through Different Eyes, Water” will present paintings and photographs inspired by the same view. The exhibition will also be the venue for a book launch about the work. Well done to Upfront for a remarkable achievement especially in a time of spending cuts towards the arts and thank you for bringing this cultural gem to Eden. Visit for more information on Upfront.

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Get ready to dig into the tastiest events in Cumbria, with the first-ever Eden Food and Farming Festival. Running from 20th to 27th July, this week-long feast of food and farming festivities for all the family has grown from last year’s successful Penrith on a Plate event. Penrith on a Plate kicks the festival off on Saturday 20th July. The town centre will be served up on a bed of foodie stalls, topped with activities and entertainment for the kids and a hefty side dish of food and cooking demonstrations, all washed down with some wine tasting. Penrith Ale Fest on Sunday 21st July offers the chance to sample a thirst-quenching Major festival funder

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range of beers and ciders, washed down with a generous helping of musical entertainment. Throughout the festival week, choose from a delectable selection of visits to farms and food producers in Eden. There’s something for all ages, from sheepdog training with the award-winning Katy Cropper, to winemaking. Save room for dessert – the famous Penrith Show rounds the festival off on Saturday 27th July. The festival’s organised by Penrith Partnership, the Chamber of Trade and the Business Improvement District for Penrith, with Eden District Council as the major funder to showcase the delights that producers from Penrith, Eden and wider Cumbria have to offer.

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A patchwork of community gardens, raised beds and plant tubs are springing up around Penrith, thanks to greenfingered volunteers both young and old. It all started last year with a bare patch of ground at the bottom of Stricklandgate. A group of volunteers saw its potential and they decided to dig in. The plot has been transformed into a feast of fruit that anyone can pick – and lovely bee-friendly lavender and nasturtiums, too. “The great thing about the patch is that no-one’s in charge, so everyone’s welcome to get stuck in and add some new plants or do a spot of weeding,” said Sheila McDonald, one of the volunteers. Next in line for a green makeover was Hunter Lane, where there are now raised beds in front of the Salvation Army, growing fresh veg for food parcels, with help from several local suppliers and a grant from Eden District Council. Local rail travellers have probably noticed planters with herbs in them at Penrith train station. They were planted by students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and can be picked by anyone. Check out the map at the PACT website www. or contact Sheila on 01768 892498.

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Ahh, there you are... Article by Melanie Vincent

Penrith Co-op Society Honey Project Well, this month as been action stations. Having had those 2 hives die, I needed to get them clean for any swarms I could get which is a bit of a faff but good when it’s done. You have to make sure that there are no germs left in the hive, in case that is what helped the previous colony to die. That means a bath in soda crystals and a good rinse. Then all the old wax must be removed which is a feat in itself and then I can gently scorch the insides with a blow torch. Leaving in any wax or honey is no good because it burns SO well and I don’t want to be on first name terms with my local fire brigade. Having cleaned out the dead hives, I found some good sized queen cells in the surviving hive, and did 2 false swarms over a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed the old queen will feel like she has a new home and, therefore, has no need to leave. The other hives seem to be getting along ok. I have given them more Ambrosia (the bee feed, not the custard) and maybe this weekend I will be able to have a look inside and see if I can spot the new queens and mark them. They will be still very small so it’s tricky but not impossible. Well, it will be a lot easier if I can remember to take my specs with me. The surviving hive has been busy. When I did the false swarm on them, I gave them completely new frames 2 weeks ago. I went to check that everything was going well and found that they had not only drawn out the cells from the foundation sheets, but the cells were nearly full and some were being capped off. That is to say 11 frames of honey in 3 days. I left them until the following sunday and put a clearer board under

the super in order that the bees would leave, can’t get back in, and I could take it off without the bees getting wind of the theft. I spun the frames and returned them to the hive within 3 hours. My thanks to Mr. B. again as he let me borrow his spinner at his house which meant his kitchen got sticky, not mine. I did clean up (I wouldn’t want to cross the lovely Mrs. B.) but honey seems to get everywhere. It’s the sort of job you’d want to have a shower after you’d finished. I got some pound jars and some halves from it and have sold it all and I’m hoping to have a better crop later in the year. Now really is not a good time to take honey from bees. There is a thing called the June gap which is (in average years) a time when the flowers from May have finished and the ones from July haven’t started yet. June is an odd month for flowers usually, but this year things have been so slow that the flowers are still playing catch up. The garage is now nearly free of bee stuff but just when I think I’m done, I spot something else. I’ve built all 10 hives for the Co-Op and delivered them. Now we need to find good places to put their hives and get some bees in them. Not an easy task sadly. They need a little shelter from the wind, so near a hedge or a wall is good. Good road access, due to the weight the hives can get to, and people who don’t mind me turning up every week to see the bees. If somewhere springs to mind with space enough for 3 or 4 hives it would be great to hear from you on the main address at the front of this magazine. Until next time.

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Don’t pay to have it taken away and what ever you do, don’t pour it away The Oil Solution to the problem (continued) by Lee Quinn

Last month we presented our first article about Oil Solutions, a local, independent business, locally owned and based in the Main Street at Brough. Oil Solutions collect waste oil from many commercial businesses across Cumbria, Lancashire, County Durham and the Borders, that use cooking oils, like cafes, pubs, fish & chip shops, restaurants, schools and hotels. Basically anywhere commercially, where cooking oil is used, Oil Solutions collect. Oil Solutions do not charge for collection to take your waste oil away. In some cases, they pay you for waste oil when it comes to regular collections and suitable volumes being collected. On collection, they are also able to sell and distribute a range of the best

quality oils to businesses. It is a real oil exchange operation. The question I asked recently, was how much oil is collected from smaller businesses like B & Bs, domestic homes with the once a week fry up, odd or regular use of a fat fryer like doughnut friers? Where does it go and who collects it or does it simply end up down the drain? Well, I spoke to a collective group of local supermarkets and the answer is that 1000s of litres of cooking oil are purchased. Where does it go? Nobody knows.

What we would like to see happen is that it all gets recycled and becomes bio diesel. This is the best option for the drains in Cumbria and the environment. Oil solutions cannot collect from every house, but what we are doing now is setting up oil exchange hubs. All you have to do is bring your oil back in a plastic or glass bottle to an oil exchange hub and Oil Solutions, who are now working with the Penrith Coop Society and local schools, will collect. Local schools will be given a donation related to the volume collected. The Penrith Co-op will be giving you money off your next purchase of oil. Join the oil collection round and become a part of the ‘Oil Exchange’. Call Oil Solutions Ltd on 017683 41106 for a collection crate or tub or barrel. For more details log on to www. on drop in to Oil Solutions, Main Street, Brough, Cumbria CA17 4AX .On site, they do top grade Bio Diesel available to purchase for your vehicle.

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The Local Community Chef - John Crouch by Lee Quinn

It’s a short article on the basis that, with just three meetings with John Crouch, I feel I have met a match in just how much ground this man covers compared to what I do on a regular basis. On many occasions in the food circuits, whether this be in my work for the publication, the Eden FM radio project or my consultancy work with clients, John has been described as a real local chef and someone I really need to meet. Recently, I attended an event at the Little Salkeld Water Mill where John was doing some cooking demonstrations with honey and we did indeed meet. This article, I feel, is more of an introduction as I am confident there is to be a regular basting of culinary delights as John has agreed to work with me and I with him in a number areas and on future projects. Our local boy, John, was born in Gravesend and spent his childhood in Kent. His father was a cobbler and his family owned shoe shops in Swanscombe. A passion for cooking has been with John from an early age, but making a living from this passion didn’t happen until later on. When he left school at 15, John went to work in Fleet Street in London as a messenger with City Magazines Ltd. After three years, John moved employment to work in the Advertising Department at Vogue Magazine. Printing blocks for adverts from Carlisle would be posted down to the London office for use in the Northern Edition of Vogue. These blocks were often wrapped in copies of The Cumberland News. John became familiar with Cumbria by way of reading the newspapers and vowed to make time to fully explore the county for himself. In the late 1970s, John decided to quit Vogue and indulge his true passion, cooking. He trained as a chef and has never looked back. With one ambition realised, John and his wife, Heather, decided to fulfil

a shared ambition of living in Cumbria. In 1981, the couple made the move to Cumbria, settling in the town of Wigton. Accepted, he has been serving as an Allerdale Borough councillor for Wigton since 1999. In such a short time, I have seen many talents that surround John’s passion in the community and in his cooking. In the September Cumbrian Local, we have the story of the Story Teller and the Chef. My recent whirlwind experience with John landed me in the Story Tellers Garden in Grasmere, where I met Taffy Thomas, clearly a story to be told. Still to come in future articles, we’ll be featuring John in his element with his seasonal foraging of the Cumbrian Countryside, finding simple food on pathways, hedgerows and meadows. From Friday 27th September, John will be cooking up some traditional local treats in the demonstration kitchen on the ground floor of the Penrith Co-operative Society, at it’s Burrowgate Department store, Penrith. John will be making a regular appearance on Eden FM and in Cumbrian Local as we follow John through the seasons.

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Before the Clocks go back Is it a challenge or is it a chore?

As a local magazine going through the doors of homes and businesses in Penrith and the surrounding areas and as someone with a past experience and knowledge of town council workings, since being a home owner in Penrith these last 10 years, I have witnessed conversations and debates on that question, which is, should Penrith have a town council? Communication is key and always a challenge. In the last two years, the town has gained two more communication tools. As your local magazine, with the highest printed media distribution in the town and the area around it and working with your local Community Radio station Eden FM Radio, currently online from a non political standing, together we hope to deliver answers to questions. We also hope to discuss openly the reasons why or why not Penrith should have a Town Council.

Background information A town council would be responsible for a wide range of services. These would be developed to meet the needs of the local community and to complement services provided by Eden District Council, Cumbria County Council and the private and voluntary sectors. Timescale From 1st July to 31st October 2013, every door in Penrith will receive information about why the residents should consider the importance of a town council. It is time to take stock of the past. Has the town had the right approach in its planning? Has the town’s development and infrastructure been with the best interest of the town? Its businesses, its residents, its voluntary and public sector?

Following a meeting with Legal Services at Eden District Council on 17th June 2013, I proposed a strategy to petition for Penrith to have a town council. This strategy, which starts with a campaign of raising awareness, is not about one person. It’s about every resident living in Penrith.

Will it cost any more to cut the grass? Is the expense of having a town council affordable for the town or is it seen as an expense not affordable by the district? Should the Eden District really be selling off town assets to cover its district debt? These questions and more will be put to local District Councillors, Town Councillors, Parish Councillors in Eden and County Councillors through the Cumbrian Local publication in the September and October issues.

On the day that this publication has been published (1st July) online, the petition for you to log on and sign in support of a Penrith Town Council has also published online. Here is the link http://epetition. activepetitions

78 hours of radio time has been allocated by Eden FM Radio and a dedicated programme has been scheduled in the show timetable. Commencing 2 – 4pm on Thursday 18th July for the first debate, this will be replayed 6 – 8am on Sunday 21st July and again 10am – 12pm on Tuesday 23rd July.

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Importantly this project is in communication and it is about making sure everybody who is a resident will have a good idea about what a town council will mean for their town now and in the future. If 10% of those eligible sign the petition on line, or sign the petition that will be taken around to doors, or available in shops in the town, there will be a referendum, however, if over 51% of those eligible to vote sign the petition, the town would be in a position to form a shadow town council by the start of 2014, which would then run up to the Eden District Council Elections in 2015, when the Town Council could then be elected and in place.

Petition The residents of Penrith have a choice. They have choice, which means if they support this campaign and Penrith gets a town council, the people of the town will have a local, democratic process that would represent the residents of Penrith. This would mean local decisions at a local level, being made by local people on Town Planning, Town Amenities & Tourism, Town Finance & Budgets, Town Public Services, Town Local Support to local charities and local organisations. The people of Penrith have a choice that requires an action. If they want to be heard today in their town and be heard in the future, we’ll need that support to start now. This campaign is not about money, but there is a cost for getting it wrong. This campaign is about people and choice. Click and Listen Log onto Eden FM radio

This time frame would also be the most cost effective in determining crossovers of services and functions of the town and the district responsibilities. The importance of this period is that budgets would be agreed and proposed.

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Rory Stewart to deliver the 2013 Wainwright Memorial Lecture

Photograph of Rory Stewart: © Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart M.P. for Penrith and the Border, will deliver the 2013 Wainwright Memorial Lecture. The Memorial Lecture is to be held at Rheged, Penrith on Saturday 28th September 2013 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are available direct from Rheged (01768 868000) and cost £12 each. (Wainwright Society members £8) At first glance, Rory Stewart would not seem to have much in common with Alfred Wainwright. He was born in Hong Kong and after graduating from Oxford, spent a short time in the Black Watch regiment before joining the Foreign Office. He served as a diplomat in Indonesia, Montenegro and Iraq. However, like AW, Rory is a prodigious walker and from 2000 – 2002 undertook a series of treks in the rural areas of Pakistan, Iran, India and Nepal. He also walked across Afghanistan in 2002 and wrote a book of his experiences called The Places In Between. He was elected M.P. for Penrith and the Border in 2010 and in the summer of 2012 spent much of the parliamentary recess walking 400 miles around his constituency and staying in the homes of some of his constituents. It is reminiscent of Wainwright’s 1938

Pennine Journey when he walked from Settle to the Roman Wall and back. Like Rory Stewart, he would arrive at his destination without any clear idea where he would spend the night. The Memorial Lecture was first held in 2003, when the speaker was Hunter Davies, Society Patron and author of Wainwright’s biography. Other speakers have included Alan Hinkes, mountaineer; Stuart Maconie,

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Lakeland FELLRANGER in the best of all hills. The unique product comprised of more than of 500 days on-the-fell research can only hint at my personal emotional journey, a series of love letters shared with fellow devotees. For all my wanderings far and wide, the Cumbrian fells remain an unquenchable source of inspiration, a wild landscape revealed in a new light each time I set foot on their familiar slopes.

As the eighth and final volume in the comprehensive Lakeland Fellranger series was published in June, Mark Richards shares his thoughts on his magnus opus of the Lake District hills. Within the folds of over 2300 colourful graphic pages in FELLRANGER lies a rich treasury of fell adventures. Here are many scenic surprises and rarely climbed coves and ridges in wild and inevitably exquisite settings – a store of little-suspected routes to intrigue and excite even the most ardent fell explorer. Fourteen years after the series was conceived, many years after my old friend, mentor, and fellwandering companion, Alfred Wainwright encouraged me to try my hand at guidebook writing, the grand survey is complete. Now all eight volumes are in the shops offering fell-walkers a ready reference of exciting new ideas for great days

I have been highly privileged to be able to spend so much time rediscovering the fells for myself, but the fundamental purpose of the Lakeland Fellranger guides is to encourage both nascent and experienced walkers to venture a little further from the beaten track, while nurturing a sense of wonder and respect. Constantly changing with the seasons, the fells are never the same twice – always inspiring and often challenging, ever and always rewarding. The experience of walking these fells is an invigorating and refreshing change from the daily grind. A day spent on the fells is an early taste of Heaven, a spiritual experience indeed. The mountain area has been naturally dissected into eight volumes using high passes and deep trough valleys. The Central Fells run up from the Stake and Dunmail Passes; The Southern Fells springboard south

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from Wrynose and Hard Knott Passes; The Mid-Western Fells run north from these passes and further connect with neighbouring ranges at Stake and Styhead Passes; The Western Fells climb from Styhead and Honister Passes; The North-Western Fells climb from Honister Pass; The Northern Fells backs the Keswick vale; The Near Eastern Fells connect from Dunmail and Kirkstone Passes, and the latest volume The Far Eastern Fells rises from the high brow of the Kirkstone Pass. There are 227 fell chapters in the series each meticulously researched on the ground and depicted in detailed colour maps and diagrams, with full summit panoramas from every fell-top. With a full repertoire of routes to the top carefully described, along with ridge route connections the guides are unquestionably the most comprehensive modern reference for route planning for all levels of fellwalking ambition. To learn more click on www. managed by Cumbrian publisher Cicerone Press Ltd.

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Allen Crags & Glaramara via Sprinkling Tarn Peaks & Pathways Nick Wells

had been done by this point, the gentle ascent took us to a magnificent viewpoint at Esk Hause. Breathtaking to say the least, we were looking down Landale Valley with the Langdale Pikes to the left, and Bowfell to the right with its Great Slab glistening in the sunlight. To the far right we could see the summit of Great End with the ridge leading to Scafell Pike behind it. Seathwaite Farm is as far as one can drive along the Borrowdale valley, and is the starting point for many a walk. Amy and I first ascended Great Gable from here, but this time we were aiming for Glaramara and Allen Crags. Armed with our backpacks and three dogs we set off through the farmyard and onward towards Stockley Bridge. This ancient footbridge spans the river Derwent, and at this point one path goes left towards Great End, the other takes you towards Sty Head Tarn. We headed left through Grains Gill passing many small waterfalls, here the ascent gets steeper as we approach the ravine of Ruddy Gill. Reaching the top of the ravine, Great End stands guarding the north side of the Scafells and marks the end of Borrowdale valley. Looking back down Borrowdale we could see Derwent Water partly obscured by Castle Crag. Before turning left for Allen Crags, we took a small detour to Sprinkling Tarn which is said to be the sorce of the river Derwent. Stopping for lunch, we took in the view of Great Gable towering over Sty Head Tarn in Sty Head Pass below us, we could see the famous Napes Needles on the south side of Great Gable. There is a path from Sprinkling Tarn that takes you down to Sty Head Tarn then leads you back to Stockdale Bridge. We headed back across the foot of Great End and took the path towards Allen Crags. All the hard walking Click and Listen Log onto Eden FM radio

We reached Allen Crags, which is the start of a ridge leading to Glaramara littered with small Tarns making it an appealing and challenging walk. The path is not clear and with some boggy terrain care needs to be taken. Finally we reached the summit of Glaramara with views in every direction, the ancient name really only applies to the grey turret of rock at the summit, but has been adopted for the fell as a whole. Much of Lakelands appeal comes from the names of its mountains, lakes and rivers which are all so fitting. Our decent took us straight down into Borrowdale Valley, this is not for the faint hearted, it is very steep however if you follow the cairns and take your time, it’s a quick way down. We were returned to the path just below Stockley Bridge and then back to Seathwaite Farm. This walk is about eight miles, and took us six hours. I would grade it as easy to moderate.

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New Show Guide, New Shows, New Presenters

We are now months away from a decision which ends a long wait and that marks the end of a lot of hard work.

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Ofcom will be awarding the Full Time Community Radio Licenses for Cumbria and the North East at the end of the Summer, which at the latest could be early Autumn. At Eden FM, we haven’t just been hanging about. We have been sitting around quite a lot, it’s a requirement for most of the voluntary presenters. Since we sent the application off in January for the license, we have continued to develop. We have continued to offer opportunities to people in Penrith, the Eden Valley and right across Cumbria. In our recent batch of new recruits, we have personalities from Wigton, Whitehaven, Langwathby and Penrith, which adds to our travelling team from Brough,

Whatever the outcome and we have no idea, Eden FM has become an established Community Radio online serving Penrith and the Eden Valley. We never anticipated the pull we would have on the community of Cumbria but it is certainly there, which highlights the need for community radio in other parts of the County. Eden Fm is now working with another group of volunteers in Alston Moor towards the feasibility of another radio station. Eden FM is also helping with another group of volunteers in Whitehaven with another community radio plan. Standing still is for statues but not for the Eden FM team and its growing number of supporters.

Nick ‘Talk the Walk’ Wells My name is Nick Wells, I have been writing for the Eden/Cumbrian Local for a couple of years now. It all started when Lee approached me about doing a walk for his local magazine, as he knew I liked walking the Fells, and I thought why not. My love for walking in the Lake District all started for me when I got Oscar my dog, which came to an abrupt end when I developed a serious back problem. After a successful operation to remove a cyst from my spinal cord It wasn’t long before I was back walking the Fells. Scafell Pike was my target, it did not take me long to achieve this and after a couple of years I had peaked all the major Fells. Most of my Fell walking is with my Daughter Amy, who has just returned from Napal, walking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp to raise money for a Little girl with Cerebral Palsy.

Lee also invited me to present a radio show on Eden Fm to talk about my walks In the Lake District, this I have been doing this for 18 months now. Every Sunday from 10am to 12 noon you will hear me talking about one of my Lakeland Fell Walks on the radio. I still have many Fells to walk, and will continue writing and talking.

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