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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Drivers urged to go slow on the fell

MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down when using the Cold Fell Road to ensure the safety of lambs now being put out for graze.

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BE AWARE: Robert Benn leads his sheep and lambs back out onto the fellside after the ewes have birthed. Drivers are asked to take extra care while driving over the Cold Fell Road

By Julie Morgan

Over the years, hundreds of animals, including sheep, cows and horses, have been killed along the 8.5-mile stretch of road which connects Ennerdale Bridge and Calderbridge.

Around 18 farmers let their animals graze on Cold Fell and the lambs, who are there with their mothers, are particularly “skittish’’.

Dorothy Bradley, of Bradley’s Riding Centre, said: “I would say to motorists to slow down and be courteous.”

Over the past decades she has lost around 40 horses on Cold Fell. “Some motorists do report if they hit an animal, but many don’t and it is devastating. Along that area it is animals which have the right of way.’’

The speed limit on the road was reduced to 40 mph in 2011 following a lengthy campaign. Motorists are said to use the road as a “rat run’’.

Drivers who hit livestock are reminded they are required by law to report it to the police on 101.

Also at the recent Ennerdale Parish Council meeting, councillors agreed to donate £50, along with a £50 donation from Ponsonby Parish Council, to buy a gift for Muir Lachlan, of the Cold Fell Action Group, in recognition of his work.

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