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Hidden part of Lake District opened up

Posted 25 September 2012
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Hidden part of Lake District opened up
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Those who love to explore the Lake District on their Mountain Bikes or in walking boots may eventually wonder if they have seen all there is to see.

However, the little-known valley of Blengdale in the western part of the national park includes areas of almost unexplored forest - or at least it has done until now.

The Forestry Commission has completed work on a community-led project that has seen two new bridges installed, crossing the River Bleng and Scalderscew Beck in the Blengdale Forest, Grough reports.

Suitable for cyclists and horse-riders alike, they will open up the area to adventurers.

This will be helped further by the next phase, with the new public right of way in the forest being waymarked with signposts.

According to the Forestry Commission, one feature to look out for in Blengdale is the height of some of the trees – among the tallest in Cumbria.

These include Douglas firs growing to around 150 ft in height, with each weighing around 12 tonnes.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801456795-ADNFCR