Crowdfunding campaign to buy Lake District mountain admits defeat

Campaign raised £250,000 to buy Blencathra from aristocrat who valued it at £1.75m, but now donors seek refunds

A group of Lake District ramblers have failed to buy one of the national park’s most beloved mountains after a two-year campaign, leaving those who donated to the cause unsure whether their money will be returned.

Blencathra, also known as Saddleback, was put on sale by its aristocratic owner in 2014 for £1.75m, ostensibly to pay an inheritance tax bill.

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