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Helvellyn fence proposed

Posted 30 March 2011
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Helvellyn fence proposed
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A fence has been proposed for an area of high ground near Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain, something that may interest those heading up with their walking boost and Ordnance Survey maps.

The Lake District National Park Authority wants to erect a barrier to seal off part of Glenridding Common to prevent sheep grazing there and thus allow a juniper wood to re-establish itself.

Located near the Glenridding Youth Hostel and several old mines, the fenced-off area would not stop people climbing the 3,117 ft peak as there is a route from the hostel round Birkhouse Moor to the ascent via Striding Edge or Swirral Edge.

A decision on whether the fence can be established will be made by the planning inspectorate, but the authority has already consulted several bodies on the issue and will be publicly displaying the plans on its website and in the nearby Patterdale village store.

Helvellyn can be climbed from several directions, including along its north-south ridge from Grasmere to the south-west over Dollywaggon pike and from Thirlspot to the north-west over Helvellyn Lower man.