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Kirkstone turbines may cause controversy

Posted 8 December 2011
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Kirkstone turbines may cause controversy
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Controversy may arise among walkers as the result of the Kirkstone Pass Inn having three wind turbines installed.

The Lake District National Park Authority has given permission to the owners to install the facility to generate electricity, which due to the remote, off-grid location has until now required the use of diesel-powered generators.

Although some may dislike the site of the turbines, it could actually lead to a significant fall in the carbon footprint of the 515-year-old inn.

Owner John Jennings said the cost of keeping the pub open if the application failed would have been too high to maintain, leading to its closure.

One of the highest pubs in England at nearly 1,500 ft above sea level, the Inn is named after the nearby stone shaped like a church spire that gives the pass its name.

Equipped with standard rooms and a bunkhouse, it also offers a convenient base from which to climb peaks such as Red Screes and Stony Cove Pike.