Much of our time last week was spent with our preparations for the Tour of Britain cycle event. This came over Honister, one of our high mountain passes, through Borrowdale valley into Keswick and then continued south through the Lake District National Park
We had borrowed a giant National Trust logo that came as a massive jigsaw so we had a trial run at assembling it in the car park beside our offices. Then with the help of my volunteers, it was installed high on the fell-side near the top of Honister. The weather forecast was not good so I was quite concerned about the amount of wind it would need to survive overnight. We roped it down and I went back with some planks to weight it down. On the day I removed those just before the tour came through.
Sadly, the helicopter that was filming the event had camera problems so it didn’t appear on national TV coverage. However, it was seen by the thousands who braved the cold, wet, windy weather to support that section of the event so it was well worth doing.
I was in position beside the Rescue Team on the descent from the summit where we saw some who were even cycling up there in fancy dress! For those who arrived by car, we opened up some of the fields in Trust farms and had Trust staff out managing the parking so that everyone could be in a good position to see the cyclists go through.
Despite the weather, there were thousands of enthusiasts who were determined to enjoy the opportunity. We were all a bit wet (or even a lot wet!) but it was a great atmosphere.
Hi, it’s Daisy here.
I’ve got a new friend Mia. She’s great. She’s a Golden Retriever. She’s younger than me and is just a puppy.
I’m going to be on TV.