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New Thirlmere route information day due

Posted 12 May 2011
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New Thirlmere route information day due
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Users of mountain bikes may be interested in an upcoming open day featuring information on a proposed family-friendly route for exploring the shore of Thirlmere in the Lake District.

The national park authority will be staging the event between 14:00 and 20:00 on May 19th after receiving many letters opposing its original plans.

It said some people have misconceptions over the ideas originally proposed, including the possible exclusion of cars from part of the minor road along the western shore.

The issue of how to develop a cycleway alongside the lake "without harming the area's special qualities" is one topic under examination.

National park access and recreation developer David Robinson said the event will not provide "definitive" answers and is "part of a longer term process of consultation and engagement which will develop as time progresses."

Originally two small lakes named Leathes Water and Wythburn Water that were joined by a narrow channel, the Thirlmere of today was developed by damming its outflow in 1894 to enlarge it into a reservoir to supply water for Manchester.

A similar process enlarged Haweswater for the same purpose in the 1940s.