All at once I saw a crowd

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WHILE wan­der­ing ‘lonely as a cloud/that floats on high o’er vales and hills’, Wil­liam Wordsworth would have been aghast to spot a host of un­gainly py­lons in­stead of golden daf­fodils. The poet’s great-great-great-great-grand­son, Christo­pher Wordsworth, is cam­paign­ing against the Na­tional Grid’s plan to in­stall a row of 154ft-tall py­lons along the bound­ary of the Lake District Na­tional Park—in the Whicham Val­ley and across the top of the Dud­don Es­tu­ary—a much cheaper op­tion than bury­ing the lines un­der­ground.

‘Wil­liam Wordsworth was en­thralled by the unique beauty of the Dud­don—it in­spired his fa­mous se­ries of son­nets,’ com­ments Mr Wordsworth. ‘As much as the works of my an­ces­tor are an im­por­tant part of our lit­er­ary her­itage, his “long-loved Dud­don” is an im­por­tant part of our nat­u­ral her­itage.’ In­deed, more than 40 mil­lion peo­ple visit Cum­bria each year to see the poet’s land­scape. Friends of the Lake District is urg­ing lo­cal peo­ple to take part in a con­sul­ta­tion, which ends on Jan­uary 6, 2017 (www.friend­soft­he­lakedis­trict.org.uk).

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