Chapman bag brand ambassador Kevin Tickle has joined the fight to help stocks of Windermere Charr by putting it back on the menu at The Forest Side restaurant, Grasmere, where he is head chef.
Kevin appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile Lake District special on Sunday 17th September and was seen cooking Charr using a delicious BBQ recipe. He plans to put Charr back on his menu now that stocks are starting to recover and whilst speaking on The Forest Side website said;
“Charr is part of the region’s rich food heritage, and it offers something unique to a menu. When people come to the lakes they want to “eat the view.” My food comes from the Cumbrian landscape, not just in raw produce terms, but the ethos, essence and experience is defined by the lakes, hills and valleys.”
Kevin’s efforts to help raise awareness about Windermere Charr are part of a wider effort to shed light on the issue. Chapman Journal featured a post, Charr: A Documentary Exploring the Decline of Artic Charr in Lake Windermere, back in August that looked at the efforts of filmmaker and photographer Henry Iddon et al and it is great to see that all this work is paying off – capturing mainstream media attention.
A BBC Tribute to the Lakes
The BBC special was made in the wake of the Lake District recently winning UNESCO World Heritage status and explores the factors that make it an area of international cultural significance. The programme also features Terry Abraham, an outdoors filmmaker and photographer who has gained notoriety for making award-winning Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike and more recently Life of a Mountain: Blencathra. Abraham talks with passion about the beauty of the landscape from his own unique perspective.
The programme focused on many of the Lake Districts iconic attractions. BBC presenter, and fellow Cumbrian, Helen Skelton tried her hand at rock climbing. There was a piece on Cumbria’s famous Herdwick sheep, but one of the stories told concerned Millican Dalton, a figure from Cumbrian history that may be less well known.
A self-proclaimed professor of adventure, Dalton, at the age of 36, left his job in London and travelled to the Lake District. He set up camp in a cave in Borrowdale, from where he offered adventure trips to Victorian tourists; climbing, rafting and hiking included – often accepting little or no payment for his services.
He continued to live a frugal existence and an outdoor life until his death in 1947, aged 79. It would be interesting to know whether a diet that contained Charr was one of the things that sustained Dalton during those years.
With our heritage firmly planted in Cumbria, we at Chapman Bags will continue to support the Windermere Charr and wider conservation initiatives throughout the region.
If you didn’t see it, why not catch up with the Countryfile Lake District special, available on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time only.
Image © The Forest Side