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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Close encounters of Frozen Planet cameraman Mark Smith… in Sedbergh

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The BBC television series “Frozen Planet” captivated BBC viewers with its incredible footage of nature in action in the most extreme of weather conditions on the ultimate polar expedition. This landmark series brought to the screen the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, and may never see them again… and now, in Sedbergh, you have the opportunity to hear Frozen Planet cameraman Mark Smith recounting his close encounters with the wildlife in the Arctic and the Antarctic in a talk arranged by the Sedbergh support group of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Mark, who is a former pupil of Sedbergh School, will be illustrating his presentation with a collection of stunning photographs and video footage on Thursday 9th February 2012 in Queens Hall, Sedbergh School, at 7.30pm. Tickets (£8.00) are available online from www.sedberghbooktown.co.uk/webshop

Lake District to feature in New York Times’ ’1,000 Places To See Before You Die’ bestseller

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The New York Times’ number one bestseller ’1000 Places To See Before You Die’ will feature the Lake District in its next edition. Originally published back in 1993, the book has sold over 320,000 copies in the UK alone, and more than 3 million worldwide in 25 different languages. The second edition is being published in the UK next month and features 200 new entries (including the Lake District), 28 new countries and 600 full-colour photographs.

A fascinating new discovery near Kendal

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Just 16 miles from Kendal lies what can now be officially described as Britain’s largest cave network.  For around 50 years, hundreds of potholers have been trying to link up the Three Counties cave system which lies beneath Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire.  It would have once been a large, active cave system but had become ‘clogged up’ with boulders and mud from a roof collapse.  After 140m of tunnelling between the Lost Johns and Notts Pot caves in the Yorkshire Dales, two teams of cave explorers broke through the final gap last November. The cave system now covers 70 miles but it is believed it could be extended further into Yorkshire. Depending on the extent of the system, it could even one day rank as one of the world’s ten longest caves.

Anyone interested in getting a further insight into the cave system that lies beneath these three counties might enjoy watching the video below which comes courtesy of the United Cavers Exploration Team based in North Wales.

“Such a fabulous apartment”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Thank you Paul and Becky for providing such a fabulous apartment. Had a very enjoyable stay in a great location.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

First TransPennine Express January Sale

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If you are planning a visit to us later this year, and thinking of coming by train, you might be interested to know that First TransPennine Express, which oversees the branch line from Oxenholme to Kendal and Windermere, is currently having a sale and you can save up to an additional 25% on rail fares by booking in advance.  See http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/sale for further details.