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THE MOUNTAIN AND MOHAMMED
A matter of no concern is affecting Lake District hill Blencathra in Cumbria.

Current owner, the Earl of Lonsdale, leaned on by the British exchequer for inheritance tax of some £9m, or his agent, has had the inspired idea of selling off a mountain - at £2m ish towards the bill.

When I write "inspired" I mean inspired by the modern stampede to populate the mountains with fairweather, lo-level, weekend ramblers - and so give birth to some chavvy new money, desolate without a mountain in its portfolio.

If the Earl or the agent also understood that a band of the usual suspects of bourgeois hippies would come together to save the mountain with the compulsory belligerent cant (save it for themselves, no doubt), inspiration becomes genius.

And so we can expect an oil sheik, a Russian oligarch, a crime boss or an "entrepreneur" to come up with the wodge ............, and now also, a bunch of silly Cumbrian pseudo-nationalist idealists.

The mountain is in Cumbria and as far as I can see, is going nowhere else; it is the ward of the National Park who will see itself at pains to keep the place clean and replete with pointless new walkways; there is free access to all the public on to it with innumerable rights of way dedahdedah. And more dedahdedah ........

The new proprietor will own the mountain and the land on it. Its use by the nouveaux ramblers will continue unrestrained - and nothing - I mean nothing will change.

Please let it be a Latvian mafia mercenary serial killer and not the Friends of Blencathra Commune who will doubtless make a horse's ass of the thing, fight endlessly and pointlessly with each other and who knows, turn it into fairy cakes with all natural ingredients and no E numbers.
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Mount Kid: Easy Access.
sandman less than an hour ago.
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Eagles Nest: Tough but worth it
thomas_g a day ago.
This was much tougher than I expected, I was sure I'd be up and down in 2 hours. Well it's been two hours 30 mins and I'm still sitting up on top. The views are really that good. It's been dry now...

  
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StephenH16
StephenH16 a day ago.
Hi there. My name is Stephen and I live in the southwest of England. My favourite hobby is hillwalking and I particularly enjoy walking in the hills and mountains of Scotland and the west of Irela...

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It's Simple Simon!
jackill 2 days ago.
Seat Alhambra people carrier car type thing that he converts into a tent/bed to meet men in uniform

  
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An Cró Mór: The best view in Ireland?
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
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Knockeenatoung: TV or not TV
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
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Camaderry Mountain: Great views from Camaderry
jasonmac 5 days ago.
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Croaghskearda: Views
Strikeen 5 days ago.
Some more views

  
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A Long Walk to Conigar
CaptainVertigo 6 days ago.
walk, Len: 27.1km, Climb: 1095m, Area: Coomataggart, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland)

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CaptainVertigo: Huge entertainment & mystery
simon3 2 days ago.
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DenisMc 5 days ago.
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Croaghskearda: Views from atop
Strikeen 5 days ago.
Some spectacular views from this mountain


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