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National Parks Week 2017

Published on: Thursday 27th July 2017

To celebrate National Parks Week 2017, Associated British PortsCarl Bevan shares his love of The Lake District.

“I joined ABP in September 2016 after realising I could move closer to The Lakes.

“I’ve always loved The Lakes and taken any opportunity to visit over the years.

“My knowledge of Keswick and the North Western Cumbrian fells was magnificent and I knew every blade of grass, but I didn’t know the South Lakes, so I’ve enjoyed exploring the region.

“My hero is Sir Chris Bonington, who still lives in The Lake District and still climbs. Another of my idols is Alfred Wainwright. I adored and looked up to him as a child as he had such a passion for The Lake District, and a lot of my passion come from his pictorial guides.

“My friends who live in London and the South East are very jealous of my lifestyle here. When they come to visit, we go on a Windermere Lake Cruise, go into Bowness and then stop for a pint. I love Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere.

“For my outdoorsy friends, we climb Coniston Old Man or go to Wasdale and do the highest fells in The Lakes.

“My dream day out is to head up into Wasdale, as Yewbarrow is perfect for scrambling. I’d then have a pint in the Wasdale Head Inn and stop off at The Swan at Newby Bridge - I adore it there.

“I keep pinching myself in terms of where I live. I walk the dog in the morning, see the fells in the distance and it’s so peaceful and beautiful. It’s just fantastic.”

Carl Bevan is Divisional Port Manager for Associated British Ports. ABP is the UK’s largest port operator with a network of 21 ports nationally, including Barrow and Silloth in Cumbria.