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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Cumbrian events to boost rural support

A call has gone out for the public to get out in the fresh air during National Countryside Week.

Hawkshead photo

A series of events are being run in the county aimed at getting people to walk a ‘Country Mile’ for the countryside during the week beginning July 14.

Run by Prince Charles’ Prince’s Countryside Trust, the week-long event is aimed at supporting the people who manage and maintain the countryside.

A spokesman said: “Taking a short walk is not only fun, but will make us mindful of the importance of the countryside, and give us pause to consider how we support those who work to conserve it.”

In Cumbria the week kicks off on July 15 when the Dry Stone Walling Association is hosting a walk from the centre of Hawkshead at 1.30pm. The distance is around four miles, and the walk will follow footpaths, highlighting dry stone walling features on the way. For more information contact Alison Shaw 01539 567953.

The following day, July 16, from 11am until 3pm, the Farmer Network, is hosting a Fell Gatherer Roadshow, which includes a display of local breeds of hill sheep, a sheep shearing demonstration by hand and commentary about hill farming in the Lake District.

Contact www.thefarmernetwork.co.uk or contact Veronica Waller on 01524 782488.

On July 19 from 2pm to 4pm The Northern Fells Group, a charity serving 3,600 residents in north Cumbria is hosting a ‘step by step’ walk round Hesket Newmarket. The historic walk is based on a booklet produced by a local team of women.

The Northern Fells Group is one of three pilot projects set up by Prince Charles’ Rural Revival Initiative, which aims to identify and combat social exclusion, improve service provision, and enable people to remain independent in their own homes.

The website is available at www.northernfellsgroup.org.uk, or contact helen.struges@northernfellsgroup.org.uk

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