We've had a technical issue with Douglas' film this week I'm afraid - hopefully we'll be able to bring it to you next week. We’re sharing all of this and more on our social media accounts, so you can follow us via our Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you've been forwarded this email by a friend and want to receive your own weekly copy, complete the newsletter sign up form on our website.
Following the change in the Government advice to allow travel to outdoor open spaces, regardless of distance, which means that travel to the Lake District is now possible, we're grateful that lots of people have heeded advice and are being sensible, if they choose to visit.
Here is what we are asking people to do to stay safe. Remember social distancing still applies. Respect people and places where you go. Most facilities including accommodation and catering remain closed. Many car parks are operating a 'traffic light' system. Read more on the LDNPA website.
Learn about the Lakes online
For many, the lockdown has given us space to slow down and find new ways of spending time. Learning something new is a great way of keeping our minds active. So if you’ve ever wanted to delve deeper into the Lake District, here are a few ideas for online learning. Read more on our website>
Increasing Light Pollution Threatening Cumbria's Dark Skies
In February CPRE, the countryside charity, asked the nation to count the number of stars visible in the Orion constellation to help build up a picture of the nation’s views of the night sky, and the results were published this week. Read more on our website>    Photo: Keswick in 2016, by Terry Abraham

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. We've got two more inspiring short films about the landscapes, people and culture of Cumbria for you. So transport your mind until you can visit the landscapes you love once again. Watch this week's films here>

This is the Lake District
A stunning short film, set to music, highlighting the outstanding beauty of the Lake District and Cumbria. We recommend you watch this!

Lakeland Revival: Leo Walmsley
Leo Walmsley has lived in Langdale his whole life and has spent the last 10 years working for the National Trust repairing and building footpaths with the Fix the Fells programme. After 31 years in the Langdales, he still loves every moment of his time here. In this lovely little film Leo explains why the area and the climbing are so special to him.

We'll be adding new films each week but do tell us if you have any favourites to add to our Film Club. Email chris-james@fld.org.uk

Stay safe and well and enjoy!

Friends of the Lake District staff are all working from home. This week it's Finance and Office Manager Cat James' turn to introduce herself. Share you own picture and thoughts with us if you're homeworking yourself. info@fld.org.uk

Name: Cat James
Role: Finance & Office Manager
Favourite place or thing to do in the Lake District: I love walking with my dog Missy (pictured) in the Lake District and the Westmorland Dales where I live. When I get the chance I also do some landscape painting. This one (below) is inspired by the view of the Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn one of my favourite places.
First thing I’m going to do when things get back to normal: I’m looking forward to camping in the Langdale valley again when things get back to normal, enjoying some long walks and sketching and I’ve promised to treat afriend to an afternoon tea ‘somewhere posh’.

View of the Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn, painted by Cat.
Ullswater from Gowbarrow Fell, photo by our Landscape Engagement Officer Ruth Kirk.
Away Supporters
We've been touched by the response to this weekly newsletter, and reminded of our shared love of the Lake District, thanks to everyone that has taken the time to write in.

Read Eileen's Adventures in the Lake District from the 1930s (just) to 2011
Eileen Stonebridge recalls many happy and educational adventures in the Lakes over the years, including being a tour guide, and starring in a documentary by David and Jonathan Dimbleby!  Read more on our website

In her 'First Memories' piece a couple of weeks ago, Anne Nuttall asked if anyone could help her locate a childhood campsite, and several people wrote in with suggestions.
Thank you for publishing my ‘First Memories’ letter, and thanks to everyone who sent suggestions.
I feel that the most likely ideas were the two that related to Easdale, which for some reason I hadn’t considered, although strangely enough I nearly made a diversion into Easdale on the way home from my last visit to Bassenthwaite.  Most of my visits have tended to be north of Grasmere, beyond Dunmail Raise. But I will certainly plan to visit Easdale when the Lake District is open to visitors again (probably next year) and investigate that area.
I had always been puzzled how my parents knew they could find the hay for our beds, but I remembered they used to go camping with friends before I was born, and I can only surmise that they had camped there before, maybe at Goody Bridge Farm.
Best wishes, and please keep on sending your ‘Postcards’."

Memories of the Lakes and Wordsworth Trust
"Over the years I have visited the Lakes many times. The first time aged 1 year in 1931! we stayed with my grandfather (Ernest de Selincourt) who had built a house, Ladywood, on White Moss Common.  During my time in the Lakes I have climbed many of the peaks, I particularly remember when we climbed Helvellyn to watch the sunrise over Ullswater.  When I first visited out walking you were unlikely to meet anyone, not so nowadays. Also my walks tend to be on the flat now.
My grandfather and Aunt Mary Morrris were active in the work of the Wordsworth Trust and as a family we have all taken an interest its work, my brother-in-law, John Collier, was treasurer of the Trust for a while, he and my sister had a cottage above Dove Cottage In the open space with a pond on the way to Allcock Tarn and the coffin Trail to Ambleside.
Over the years I have got to know the Lakes well, almost my second home, so having the postcards brings back many happy memories, so thank you."
Rosemary Pratt

"Thanks so much for these postcards - they are no substitute for the real thing but they are still an absolute joy, keep them coming while I stay away - I loved the Frog and Dogs this time around!  STAY SAFE - STAY WELL!"
Francis Windle

Black Sail Youth Hostel, Ennerdale

Here's another lovely historic picture sent in by Steve Wright, of Black Sail Youth Hostel  taken by his father in 1941. See the YHA website for more about the fascinating history of the hut which celebrated its 85th birthday in 2018.

Do please drop us an email if you'd like to share anything with us via this newsletter. info@fld.org.uk

It's National Be Nice to Nettles Week (Who knew!?)

Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)
It’s understandable that childhood memories of stinging legs and arms with red-raised rashes would not predispose us to feel the love for this common, much-maligned, plant. But…… there is SO much more to the Urtica dioica, that deserves to be recognised and understood. And the great thing is that nettles are everywhere! More than likely, you can find a patch right on your doorstep and the great news is there’s a whole host of fascinating activities to get stuck into during Nettle Week.  Our policy officer Andrew Tait's Nettle Facts:

  • Nettle fibres have been used at least since the bronze age for making cloth and chord.
  • During the first world war when cotton was scarce nettles were collected as fibre in Germany and Austria for the manufacture of cloth for military uniforms. 
  • In 1940s Britain food shortages prompted people to use nettles in cooking. The young growing tips can be steamed and eaten like spinach. We sometimes make nettle and stilton soup – it’s a favourite of mine but you should only use the young shoots as the older plants are toxic.
  • Nettles are regarded an excellent treatment for anaemia as they contain a lot of iron and there are plenty of commercial nettle teas on the market today.
  • Country people used nettles to ease the pain from arthritis
  • Some thought nettle leaves were antidotes against Hemlock and Henbane.

Oh and nettles are an essential habitat for butterflies, keeping caterpillars safe from grazing animals.

Your Favourite Wild Swimming Places in south Lakes?
Do you have a favourite wild swimming spot in south Lakes? A lake, stream, pot, or a fall?  Our patrons and photographers Rosamund and John Macfarlane are planning their next exhibition which will be about reflections and swimming pools, and are looking for suggestions of places to photograph. Send your favourite swimming places for ‘Reflections’ near to Kendal and further south within the national park - ideally with a grid reference or an indication of an accessible area to photograph from – to info@fld.org.uk

National Map Reading Week 24th – 31st May
Many of you will be used to tramping the Lake District fells with your trusty OS map and compass in hand. The oldest map is thought to date from around 700-500 BC and humans have been charting and plotting land to paper over the centuries since. Maps hold a fascinating and wonderful delight and during lockdown, many people have been discovering routes and places right under their noses. If you’re a beginner or want to teach the children how to navigate, or if you already know how but want to advance your skills, National Map Reading Week is a great chance to do it with loads of fabulous resources from the Ordnance Survey. Then, when you get back to the Lakes you’ll be primed with navigation knowledge and ready to explore more.
The Lake District will have a huge part to play in the rejuvenation of the nation once lockdown is over. We will all treasure its tranquility and beauty even more after this crisis. We need the support of our members to protect and enhance its special qualities for us all to enjoy. Please join us.

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Let's keep in touch

It is important to us that we remain in contact with you. We can’t meet with you currently but I believe we can all try and make the sense of isolation feel less daunting if we keep in touch. Conserving Lakeland will be with you in early June and we will continue to keep you updated via this weekly 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. info@fld.org.uk

Finally, look after yourself and your loved ones and let's look forward to spending time in the Lake District soon - I'm sure we will treasure our National Parks even more when all this is over.

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

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