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2014-05-06 19:21:43
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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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High tour of Clare Island
simon3 15 hours ago.
walk, Len: 15.0km, Climb: 622m, Area: Knocknaveen, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Kno...

  
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Glencullin ridge to Ben Bury/Mweelrea
markwallace a day ago.
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Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot a day ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot a day ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot a day ago.
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Summit Comment
The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV 4 days ago.
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Dart & Sawel
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
(Note: the time is bonkers, and the ascent isn't right either, but hey, at least the distance is correct. And it ende... walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 635m, Area: Dart Mountain, Sperrin Mountains (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh: A mini horseshoe
TommyV 4 days ago.
I mostly followed Aidands directions. There is now a sign on the road marking the path for the Dulhallow Way at beside the bungalow mentioned by Aidand, and several more going through the private ...

  
Summit Comment
Musheramore: Follow the fence.
TommyV 4 days ago.
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MV Members Walk - Mournes, 06/04/2019
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Knockchree: A nice forest trail takes you up
Pepe 6 days ago.
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Scarr North-West Top: Bird's eye view
Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
The descent from Scarr NW affords fine views of the Glenmacnass Waterfall and the expansive valley below it, far better than you'll get when you're at road level.


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