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Volunteers Pull Together to 'Fight the Aliens'

The area around Rydal saw a targeted effort from over 60 volunteers, in small groups, on Saturday 11th July to hand pull an infestation of non-native Himalyan Balsam. Read more

Help us tackle the problem

We'll be back again to tackle the invaders on Friday 31st July and we need more volunteers to help us. Simply give us a few hours of your time and effort; we will put all the necessary precautions in place to ensure your safety in relation to Covid-19. Sign up here

Great Cumbria Litter Pick 2020

We're delighted to announce that the 'Great Cumbrian Litter Pick' will be going ahead on Saturday August 15th and Sunday August 16th 2020. We'll be publishing more details next week but wanted to share the news that our 2020 litter pick is on!

Film Club

Dreaming of the beautiful open landscapes of the Lake District and Cumbria but still not able to come? Let our Film Club bring the outdoors to you. More inspiring films about the landscapes, people and culture of Cumbria. 
See all of our film recommendations to date on our website>

A train driver’s picturesque journey through the Lake District

If you're feeling nostalgic for a bit of travel, you can take part in a popular train journey through the Lake District from the comfort of your home. Avanti West Coast has released rare footage of the route through the Cumbrian countryside from the viewpoint of a train driver.

How I'm making the Lake District a safer place
This is a great little Blog and video by Lake District National Park employee Chris Walker on the part he is playing in helping the Park Authority make the Lakes a safer place to be...

"I  joined a small team of car park staff, volunteers and partners to become part of a new parking and visitor website:  – and I couldn’t be more proud".

In Our Hands
It's been a year since we celebrated our 85th anniversary and we'll always take every opportunity to revisit the wonderful film we commissioned to celebrate our very special history!

Do tell us if you have any favourites to add to our Film Club. Email

Away Supporters
Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to write in. With the easing of restrictions we hope that soon we can all start creating new memories to supplement our reminiscences but in the meantime do please drop us an email if you'd like to share any memories or images with us via this now fortnightly newsletter.

Macaws near Kirkby Stephen
Thanks to Jackie and Dave Wedd for an update on our parrot sighting in the Westmorland Dales! 

"These birds belong to the John Strutt Conservation Foundation - see their website John Strutt Conservation Foundation As I'm sure you will hear from others! The history of them was told in a Cumberland and Westmorland Herald article in 2015 - Corner of Eden exotic parrots share with native birds"

Dear Friends...
Many thanks for the weekly newsletter. It helps to make up for not being able to travel up from Norfolk yet, for though at a distance we usually come to the Lake District at least twice a year. My first mountain was Wetherlam with a 1 inch O.S. map as my guide on 16th August 1974. I'd not heard of Alfred Wainwright at that stage of my adventures, but I did have compass, boots and wet gear. An unusual starting point you may think, but having reached the summit by the edge, despite cloud and going astray near Hawk Rigg, I was hooked on fell walking for life!

Not only the mountains but so many aspects of Cumbria have brought us joy over the years; family picnics by Ullswater and in Mungrisedale, various boat trips on Derwentwater and Windermere, just ambling by tarns and watching birds and lambs. But this was meant to be just a short "thank you" note so I'll bring it to an end, with renewed thanks for all The Friends do for this wonderful part of our world.

Arthur Windridge, Cromer Norfolk

Dark Skies Cumbria 

Good lighting principles for reducing Light Pollution

Some basic principles to help reduce light pollution and safeguard Cumbria's Dark Skies. Read more on our 'Dark Skies Cumbria' website 

Cumbria's Starscape

We've written a lot of words lately about the impact of light pollution on the visibility of stars in our night sky so he’s a satellite image showing the importance of Cumbria and the North of England/Southern Scotland for the night-time ‘Starscape’… long may it continue!
Read more on our 'Dark Skies Cumbria' website 

Visiting the Lake District

Heritage Attractions: From 4 July many of the Lake District’s heritage attractions will re-open including some of those from our members’ 2 for 1 offers. Check out this useful website for more info: Please check with venues before travelling as they may have pre-booking in progress.

Image courtesy of: Cumbria’s Living Heritage

July is Picnic Month
The perfect socially distanced activity to be undertaken in the perfect location? i.e. the Lake District.  And the Top 10 picnic spots in the Lake District:

Andrew Locking’s Virtual Walks
Great Gable:
Been a while since you’ve been up Great Gable or looking for inspiration for your next walk? Go on a virtual wander with Friends member and fabulous photographer Andrew Locking of All the views with none of the blisters!
Lakeland Book of the Year!
Congratulations to our corporate supporter 'Inspired by Lakeland' for winning the Lakeland Book of the Year award with ‘Lake District in 101 maps and Infographics’.
The Lake District National Park staff are doing an amazing job right now, working flat out to provide us with 'Safer Lakes' while supporting our communities, this special landscape, as well as visitors to the Park. We can support them in their efforts by following and sharing their latest advice here:

Let's keep in touch

We will continue to keep you updated via this fortnightly newsletter, our website, Facebook and Twitter. Don't hesitate to contact us. It will be nice to hear from you. Also, if there are any features or anything you'd like to see added to this weekly news update then do please let us know.

With warmest wishes from all of the team at Friends of the Lake District

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