News from Daniel Simpson for October 2011

  • Landrovers?? they go anywhere

    15:46 31 October 2011
    By Maurice Pankhurst, Jack Deane, Paul Delaney, Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson

    But sometimes they don't come back
    Imagine the scene: you offer to be the backup for a walking festival event and  set off in your landrover to park up at the finishing end of the walk, looks a bit damp after the rain but I reckon I will get out without too much bother!
    After a very enjoyable walk learning all about the abundance of fungi in our woodlands  and eager to return to base for a brew we find this

    Sometimes you've got to just sit down and smile

  • Good Things Come In little Packages

    14:22 07 October 2011
    By Maurice Pankhurst, Jack Deane, Paul Delaney, Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson

    Ever thought how nice it would be if your holiday gifts and last minute presents could help look after our beautiful landscapes?

    When you’re next in Keswick take a stroll down Lake Road to Derwentwater Foreshore and call in to our small but perfectly formed National Trust Shop, crammed full of quality local products and unusual gifts and with friendly staff on hand and stunning views over Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, so don’t forget your camera!

    Have a chat with our friendly and dedicated team who are always happy to help, from queries about our product range to advice about local walks in the area. We have a wide range of walking books and maps to help you plan your visit to Keswick and the Lake District

    We have beautiful 100% wool rugs and blankets to keep you warm this autumn whether on a boat trip across the lake or snuggled up at home with a good book, and from mid October we’ll be offering 3 for 2 deals and up to 50% discounts on some of our most popular buys, from Christmas cards, bags and satchels to calendars and books.

    So pop down and see us, pick up something nice and help look after the beautiful Lake District countryside.
  • Adventures of the Swampmen

    12:06 07 October 2011
    By Maurice Pankhurst, Jack Deane, Paul Delaney, Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson

    So there we were on the path leading up from Hawes End landing stage towards Catbells. All we had to do was take out the remains of an old stone bridge and replace it with a shiny new one. No problems eh? Until.....we took the first bucketful from the gutter. Within half an hour the place transformed into a welly-eating swamp.
    Anybody who works on paths will tell you that the thing that does the most damage is uncontrolled water. If you don't sort the drainage, you can forget the rest of the job. So what started as a straightforward job quickly became far more complicated.
    Temporary drains were dug at first which diverted water coming down the steep bank. So the swamp turned into a pile of mud. Then we scraped this back and barrowed in washed gravel which raised the path above the worst of the water.
    We used the old stone bridge to build the new abutments then brought in the frame of the new bridge which we had built in the workshop. See what a simple job this was?
    Incidently the bridge is actually made from recycled plastic. We had some left over from the boardwalks at the Manesty end of the lake. It is twice as expensive as wood but lasts four times longer. The plastic is mainly made from recycled plastic milk bottles, so your 4 pinter may have contributed to our new bridge!
    The final job was to surface the new section of path installing some angled waterbreaks to shed surface water. Next time you are near the landing stage at Hawes End on Derwentwater take a look and see what you think. Don't step off the path though...that could be a big mistake!

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I have been working as a Ranger for the North Lakes property in the Buttermere and Ennerdale valleys for 1 year. From always living on a hill farm in the Lake District, I have formed a strong connection with this beautiful scenery that we are surrounded by. So I take great pride in carrying out activities such as walling and hedgelaying that maintains this landscape. As well as giving guided farm walks and helping with events.