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Lake District walkers retrace cotton mill workers steps

A group of ramblers have retraced the steps the first Lancashire mill workers took through the Lake District 100 years ago.

In 1891, church minister T A Leonard took a small group of cotton mill workers on a walk from Ambleside to Grasmere in what is believed to be the first group walking holiday.

Douglas Hope, from the University of Cumbria, said Mr Leonard thought the workers should spend their "precious leisure time" outdoors.

Now, 150 years since Mr Leonard was born, 30 people have walked the same route over Loughrigg.

  • 13 Mar 2014
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