Lake District set to shine on Countryfile

Published on: 15 Jan 2015

Our Fell Top Assessors meet Countryfile The Lake District National Park's fell top assessors and the Fell Futures apprenticeship scheme will be profiled on BBC Countryfile this Sunday 18 January, BBC 1 at 6.30pm.

Presenter Ellie Harrison joined the two fell top assessors Jon and Graham in December on the lower reaches of Helvellyn as they talked through their daily hike up England's third highest peak. As part of the National Park's Weatherline service, the fell top assessors provide crucial information on wind speeds, snowfall and general weather conditions.

It is Graham Uney's first season in the role. He said: "This is a great opportunity for us to share how we capture the information that helps keep people safe on the fells. Ellie was interested to know why I think the Lake District, and the Eastern Fells in particular, are so special."

The Countryfile team also spent some time filming the Fell Futures apprentices as they built a bridge and made footpath improvements at Dubhow near Hartsop. The bridge was built to make access easier at times of high flows and at the request of a local health walk group. The successful Heritage Lottery Funded scheme is now in its third year and aims to train the next generation of land managers.

Countryfile can be seen on BBC 1 at 6.30pm.

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