Those putting on their walking boots
and a walking across the southern fells of the Lake District may have been walking very close to a dangerous explosive device for decades, it has been revealed.
A member of the Duddon Valley Mountain Rescue team found a mortar shell last weekend (November 21st), with the fins of the device protruding from the ground on Blawith Knott.
The discovery by team doctor Craig Stangroom was confirmed as a Second World War British mortar bomb by colleague Martin Cooper, a former member of the Royal Artillery regiment.
A team of bomb disposal experts from the Army's Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire was called to the scene to carry out a controlled explosion on the bomb, which would have become embedded in the ground during a wartime firing exercise by the Home Guard.
Standing close to the southern end of Coniston Water, Blawith Knott is near the Cumbria Way path.
More recent times have seen other parts of the Lake District used for testing artillery, such as the Eskmeals sand dunes near Ravenglass.