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FE Lake District Lovers

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5 Sep
10:18pm, 5 Sep 2019
1508 posts
Yes. Selside and Branstree. We went right past Mosedale cottage.. but didn’t stop.

It’s an amazing location for a bothy...
5 Sep
10:18pm, 5 Sep 2019
13449 posts
Not only is my walking companion known as my Springer-stair lift, he's very useful in keeping me out of bogs, If the dog sinks in up to his elbows, I don't follow him that way.

I think I'm more frightened of getting stuck in a bog than falling or getting properly lost
5 Sep
10:19pm, 5 Sep 2019
1509 posts
Dipstick doggie 😀
5 Sep
10:20pm, 5 Sep 2019
13450 posts
5 Sep
10:20pm, 5 Sep 2019
1510 posts
I could hardly move my legs... well that’s what it felt like. 🙁
5 Sep
10:21pm, 5 Sep 2019
5397 posts
Northern Exile
It is, I saw it from a distance when on the Shap Fells and was quite taken aback. I researched some of its history and apparently it has been inhabitated as family dwelling back in the 1930s, a shepherd and his wife raised a family of four children there. I can't imagine a more remote location.

Talking of which, did you see many sheep today? I have a theory that United Utilities allow very few tenant farmers thereabouts, certainly I was struck by how few there were.
5 Sep
10:32pm, 5 Sep 2019
1511 posts
That’s interesting NE
And I commented how few sheep there were. We saw a small group of red deer on the slopes in Mosedale.. but otherwise it was desolate

In Swindale United Utilities and RSPB have Un-straightened some of the river for better habitats especially for dippers.

The river had its beautiful curves reduced 30 years ago to create more farmland. Not good for wildlife And creates more flood risk furtherdown stream. I don’t know if this has anything do with reduced livestock?
6 Sep
10:11am, 6 Sep 2019
2516 posts
There's an rspb pdf you can download called "farming with nature at RSPB Haweswater" which talks about the complete removal of grazing livestock (sheep) at Mosedale (owned by United Utilities).

Interesting stuff.

Sorry I can't link to pdf!
6 Sep
11:29am, 6 Sep 2019
3095 posts
6 Sep
2:22pm, 6 Sep 2019
1512 posts
Thanks for that pdf... lots of information there.

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