Tree Top Trekking ... accross the Universe
"A little pair that hang in air,
Been mistress also of a clock,
(And one, too, not in crazy plight)
Twelve strokes that clock would have been telling
Under the brow of old Helvellyn--
Its bead-roll of midnight,"
https://www.treetoptrek.co.uk/ Whats the Zip?
"Intent to use his utmost haste,
Gained ground upon the Waggon fast,
And gives another lusty cheer;
For spite of rumbling of the wheels,
A welcome greeting he can hear;--
It is a fiddle in its glee"
The first Conversationists ? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/07/campaigners-zip-wire-lak... "Standing with Zip Off and other members of the local community are the actress Caroline Quentin and documentary-maker Terry Abraham, who resigned last month as ambassador of the Lake District Foundation over the neutral stance taken by the conservation charity.
"He hears a sound and sees a light,
And in a moment calls to mind
That 'tis the village MERRY-NIGHT!
Although before in no dejection,
At this insidious recollection
His heart with sudden joy is filled,--"
"Treetop Trek’s managing director, Mike Turner, acknowledges with weary resignation that he is up against not only present-day opponents of the scheme, but also the romantic poets associated with the area.“It’s a beautiful body of water. We would not dispute that. What we do challenge is the assertion that [the zip wire] would have a visual impact,” said Turner, who emphasises the “manmade” aspect of the reservoir, surrounded by what he described as a managed forest. “I love the fells as much as the next person, but what we are looking at doing would have a minuscule environment impact. It’s literally a few cables across the valley and an improved cycle track. This is not about instinct or emotion. We need to look at it objectively. The problem is that when people start using language about the romantic poets it loses that objectivity."
"Look fairly like a lawful earning.
Nor has thought time to come and go,
To vibrate between yes and no;
For, cries the Sailor, 'Glorious chance
That blew us hither!--let him dance,
Who can or will!--my honest soul,
Our treat shall be a friendly bowl!'"
"“The Lake District is a tourist destination – with the highest numbers of visitors after London – and its entire economy is built around that.” Turner has the backing of Cumbria Tourism, where he sits on the board as its “small operator representative”. Its vice-chairman, Jim Walker, points out that Turner was required to leave the room last year when the board discussed supporting the development. “While recognising the debate on both sides of issue, the board decision was that the principle of the proposal aligns with Cumbria Tourism’s longstanding commitment to promoting the county as the UK’s ‘adventure capital’,”
"This was the outside proclamation,
This was the inside salutation;
What bustling--jostling--high and low!
A universal overflow!
What tankards foaming from the tap!
What store of cakes in every lap!"
"Thirty-six people at a time in overalls and helmets would then be transported along tracks using green “military-style” vehicles that Turner says would be diesel-powered at first but which would become electric within three years."
Countess of Ossalinsky v Manchester Corporation: 1883 "Land bounding Thirlmere in the Lake District was acquired for use as a reservoir to supply water to Manchester. The prospect that the land, because of its particular characteristics, would be likely to be developed as a reservoir was a matter which might give the land an enhanced value. That should be taken into account. The particular purpose to which the Manchester Corporation was going to put the land should not be taken into account. But the fact of the acquisition of the land for this particular purpose might have evidential value showing that suggested alternative reservoir development schemes ‘are not visionary, but are schemes with a certain probability in them.’"
"Cables are not required to be lit, adds Turner, who says they will simply need to be plotted on flight charts. Then there is the position of Cumbria county council, which is recommending a refusal of the planning application on the basis that it is “likely to increase the risk and danger and inconvenience to the users of the highway” as a result of drivers on roads near the lake being distracted."
The thunder had not been more busy:
With such a stir you would have said,
This little place may well be dizzy!
'Tis who can dance with greatest vigour--
'Tis what can be most prompt and eager;"
The Harrison of the North : https://www.harrisonofthenorth.com/announcement-battle-of-britain "The Sarmatians were the best horsemen of the age of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, and the soldiers of the Sarmatian cohorts who defended the north of Britain for the Romans from around 175 AD onwards, acquired the right to settle at Ribchester when they had completed their service, which is just south of the Harrison's traditional homelands in Cumberland, which the Harrison's later settled in 1056 AD."
"If such the bright amends at last.
Now should you say I judge amiss,
The CHERRY TREE shows proof of this;
For soon of all the happy there,
Our Travellers are the happiest pair;
All care with Benjamin is gone--
A Caesar past the Rubicon!"
"The flooding of a Lake District valley in the late 19th century was hugely controversial at the time and precipitated the development of an organised landscape conservation movement nationally. The story of Thirlmere is a fascinating record of the recognition of the landscape as a national asset, but eventually the needs of a fast growing urban population were deemed by Parliament to outweigh the modification of a landscape renowned for its great natural beauty. The first water was delivered from the reservoir to the city of Manchester in 1894."
"With bowl that sped from hand to hand,
The gladdest of the gladsome band,
Amid their own delight and fun,
They hear--when every dance is done,
When every whirling bout is o'er--
The fiddle's 'squeak'--that call to bliss,
Ever followed by a kiss;
"The dam infrastructure itself is now considered to be of architectural and historical interest as it was the first English masonry gravity dam and one of only two arch dams in England ... The catchment land and reservoir infrastructure is now owned and operated by United Utilities who own 4,700 hectares of land in the Thirlmere Valley. The reservoir supplies about 11 per cent of the water demand of the North West of England. Over the past ten years improvements have been made to the planting regime to enhance its appearance and wildlife value and to open up views. Much of this has been a result of late 20th century battles over the interpretation and implementation of the forestry aspects of the 1879 Act authorising the reservoir. Access and Common Land issues have continued to be a source of disagreement but recreational use of the Thirlmere Estate has been more actively encouraged by United Utilities including boating on the reservoir."
"Is gone--returns--and with a prize;
With what?--a Ship of lusty size;
A gallant stately Man-of-war,
Fixed on a smoothly-sliding car."
"Although Thirlmere was referred to in the 18th century guidebooks by West and Gilpin, it does not appear to have been a hugely popular tourist attraction; instead it provided a through route to other destinations."
"This was the Flag-ship at the Nile,
The Vanguard--you may smirk and smile,
But, pretty Maid, if you look near,
You'll find you've much in little here!"
The valley did, however, capture the imagination of the Romantic poets. The Wordsworths and Coleridge often met in the valley while travelling between their respective homes in Grasmere and Keswick and their meeting point was marked by the ‘Rock Of Names’ .."
"One eye he had, which, bright as ten,
Burned like a fire among his men;
Let this be land, and that be sea,
Here lay the French--and 'thus' came we!'
Hushed was by this the fiddle's sound,
The dancers all were gathered round,
And, such the stillness of the house,
You might have heard a nibbling mouse;"
"Today, walkers and climbers are attracted to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England... but it is for the theme of the early conservation movement that the Valley stands out...The Thirlmere Valley is one of the most significant locations in the development of the early conservation movement in the Lake District. Despite the success of the Manchester Corporation in achieving the construction of the dam and reservoir in the valley, the protest against this was a seminal event in the history of landscape conservation. The protest inspired further, successful campaigns in the Lake District against proposals which threatened the beauty of its landscape, and the key protagonists, all followers of John Ruskin, were inspired to found the National Trust in order to purchase land for its protection. The National Trust owns very little land in the valley (149 hectares of land in the valley, of which 101 hectares is inalienable), but the Thirlmere Reservoir stands astestament to the fundamental struggles of the emergent conservation movement in the Lake District."
"'A bowl, a bowl of double measure,'
Cries Benjamin, 'a draught of length,
To Nelson, England's pride and treasure,
Her bulwark and her tower of strength!'"
"..other factors include a request by the Ministry of Defence that the structures be fitted with aviation warning lights. Treetop Trek’s response is to point to MoD standard guidance on tall structures – such as buildings or masts – and say that it will not be building anything of that nature. Cables are not required to be lit, adds Turner, who says they will simply need to be plotted on flight charts."
"Heard--and in opposition quaffed
A deep, determined, desperate draught!
Nor did the battered Tar forget,
Or flinch from what he deemed his debt;"
"Those opposed to the project are steeling themselves for the prospect of direct action. Ambling down a track which he believed would one day be used to ferry thrill-seekers to one of the zip wire’s launch platforms, Heslam envisaged how vehicles might be slowed down or impeded: “We have every right to be here, and who knows? We might just decide to take our time and walk up and down here, or even sit down to have a picnic.”
"'We must be gone.
Thus, after two hours' hearty stay,
Again behold them on their way!"
The Waggoner. Wordsworth
“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL0UgdiDL00
“Here was this golden opportunity to look at the North in a different way, to refuse to accept that northeners should be poorer, to use my experience as a businessman and entrepreneur, to use connectivity, to help the northern companies I had worked with to do more investment and more trade, and to help those northeners I visited on school visits be able to get higher quality jobs, and have living standards and career options that their mums and dads were denied because the connectivity up here was so much poorer than the connectivity I was used to on the London Tube network. “To me, it followed on naturally, it was a mission to make the North more successful. It excited me.”
"Fast-forward to 2018, and it is six spurs like these, to be built into the planned route of the High Speed 2 line between London, Leeds and Manchester with £300m from the Government, which will allow it to join up with the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail (also known as HS3) running East to West."
Balrdrick. I have a cunning plan...
Your mind is my warehouse...