London 2012: Cumbria Olympic torch relay route revealed
- 19 March 2012
- From the section UK
The Olympic torch will take a lake cruise, be carried on an open-top bus, and pass the home of William Wordsworth during its journey through Cumbria.
On 20 June it will travel across the Pennines from North Yorkshire into Appleby, then via Penrith to Carlisle.
After an overnight stop in Carlisle, and a short visit to Scotland, the torch will return to the Lake District.
Prior to its second overnight stay in the county, it will be carried across Windermere by steamer.
In Carlisle, which will be visited by the torch twice, members of up to 60 community groups will line the route, and a carnival will take place in Bitts Park.
The torch will pass Whitehaven Harbour, then Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and will travel to Ambleside on an open-topped bus.
On the morning of the third day, it will leave the county, setting off from Kendal.
One of the bearers on this stretch will be judo instructor, Mike Liptrot.
He was nominated by London 2012 organisers Locog for "putting Kendal on the map in the judo world".
After joining the Kendal Judo Club at the age of five, he went on to become an international player and was a British team member for 10 years.
He also ran a local schools programme, which took judo to more than 2,000 youngsters, and is currently coaching three potential Olympic competitors.
Mr Liptrot, 49, said he was "very honoured" to be selected.
He said: "Athletes will be here when the torch comes through Kendal near to the dojo and the excitement will be electric.
"The Olympic Games will come to Kendal - I can't wait."
Meanwhile, an "extremely active" 88-year-old Cumbria man will be carrying the torch in Aysgarth, North Yorkshire.
Maurice Collett co-founded and chaired the Westmorland Schools Athletic Association, which allowed youngsters to compete at national level, and initiated the Windermere to Kendal road race, a forerunner to the Windermere marathon.
He is described by nominator Locog as "inspirational and motivational".
The Olympic flame arrives in the UK on 18 May and begins its 70-day journey at Land's End on the morning of 19 May.
During the 10-week relay the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles.
Locog say the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.