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Woman says Lake District mountain is ‘too high’ in brutal 1-star TripAdvisor review

Who knows what they expected to find at the summit of one of England’s highest mountains…

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While millions of people explore the Lake District’s beautiful scenery and landscapes each year, it seems not everyone is too impressed with what it has to offer.

One woman recently left a brutally honest review from her hike up Skiddaw, one of the beauty spot’s most popular mountains.

Standing at 931 meters, Skiddaw is the third highest peak in England and is visually the ‘perfect mountain’, with it being surrounded by flat valleys which isolate it from other Lakeland fells. At the summit, it boasts gorgeous panoramic views, with the Lake District National Park even saying they are ‘the best in the whole of the Lake District’.

Well, one hiker was clearly unimpressed by the unique review from Skiddaw’s summit, with her taking to TripAdvisor to leave a brutal review outlining everything that was wrong with it.

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The reviewer, known only as Izzy L from London, compared Skiddaw to Snowdon in Wales, saying the summit is a ‘weak and poorly developed visitor attraction’.

She wrote: “Snowdon has a funicular railway to carry people to the summit. At Snowdon summit there is an excellent visitor centre with the full range of facilities – and the whole operation attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

“Ascending to the summit of Skiddaw is an exhausting experience on the basis that the only means to get up there is to walk. It is just too high and too steep for most people. How can the Lake District National Park people expect people to go up there?”

Izzy went on to warn people that there are no facilities at the summit, saying if they make it to the summit and then need to go to the toilet, then ‘that is just too bad!’.

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Her scathing review continued: “I visited the summit this last weekend and was very disappointed with the experience. There was sod all to see and do there. If people had to pay to go there then nobody, and I mean nobody, would bother with it.

“The National Park people should charge visitors £5 to go the summit and use the proceeds to develop it. Essentials include a proper visitor centre. Long to medium term, consideration should be given to building a funicular railway to Skiddaw summit.”

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Remarkably, there was one more one-star review for Skiddaw, with a man named BobScarlett taking on a similar stance and complaining about the lack of ‘things to do’ at the summit.

A disgruntled Bob, who had clearly chosen to hike the mountain in the winter, wrote: “OK, I guess it is the third highest peak in England. But there isn’t a lot to do there.


“I was up there this weekend and the so called ‘summit shelter’ was full of snow. There was a gale force wind blowing and a fierce wind chill factor. Every surface was covered with a crust of ice.”

Offering a bit of customer feedback, he said: “What the summit needs is a café, visitor centre and toilet block. If these were installed then it would offer a much more satisfactory experience for visitors. ”

Though it is worth noting that, out of the 187 reviews for Skiddaw on TripAdvisor, only two are one star, with 131 considering the hiking experience to be ‘excellent’ and 46 to be ‘very good’.

Definitely worth the trip, just make sure you take a packed lunch and go to the toilet before you set off…

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Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses

‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’

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A dad accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses after misreading an order.

The dad has gone viral on Twitter for his massive order of reading spectacles. He was left baffled as to why the parcel was so full when it arrived at his address on Sunday March 26th, leaving his son in stitches.

Tom Arnold, 61, from Perranporth in Cornwall, thought he’d only ordered one pack to share with his wife — not a whole shop’s worth. Radio and podcast host, Chris Arnold could not stop laughing as he witnessed his dad open the parcel with a bewildered look on his face.

The viral tweet read: “My Dad has accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses off the internet after misreading the quantity of his order.”

Speaking about the mishap, Chris said: “I just found it hilarious, he said he thought the packaging was excessive, then he opened it up and the box was full.

“He seemed confused as to what had happened. We looked at the order and he had ordered 12 packs instead of one, as they were for him and my mum, plus spares. The order came to over £100 but he’s managed to get a refund!”

He described the incident as ‘very funny indeed’, saying it ‘cheered up’ him and his family. As the tweet went viral and accumulated thousands of likes, Specsavers jumped in on the banter as they tweeted: “Do we even need to say it?”

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Chris joked in reply: “At this point guys, I don’t think you do. P.S. Are you interested in buying 59 pairs of reading glasses off my dad?”

They hilariously replied: “If you can’t shift them you might want to consider adding an extra 118 eyes to your dad’s face.”

Specsavers tweeted an update on the situation: “The glasses have been safely returned, but Chris’ dad deserves a bit of good luck. How about a free eye test and a brand-new pair of glasses for good measure?

“You really should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

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Aldi is selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort

Suitable for festival season!

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Aldi is now selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort — they even have arm and leg sections.

If you love to go to budget supermarket Aldi and have a wander over to the middle aisle, you’ll know you can find all sorts of handy and unusual things to buy.

Aldi shopper and TikTok user Paris de Jager sharedwith her followers how she picked up a wearable sleeping bag ‘onesie’, that even has leg and arm sections.

The social media user upload a video to her TikTok account @parisdejager showing her modelling the bright pink seasonal must have.

She wrote in a caption: “The sleeping bag one-z you never knew you needed until now.”

She ‘catwalked’ in her home as she showed off her incredible new bag suit by Adventuridge, looking ‘snug as a bug’.

Her video has racked up over 137k likes and many people were amazed at her incredible Aldi find.

Her followers flocked to comment and rave about the hot pink cosy number.

One said: “might just have to purchase for DofE.” Another added: “need for weekends.”

And a third joked: “Glastonbudget.” A fourth chimed in : “My reading outfit sorted.”

Aldi launched a similar wearable sleeping bag last year, and it weren’t long before the cosy suit sold out online.

You can purchase a wearable sleeping bag in time for festival season here.

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Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert

Well done, Barbara!

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A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.

Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.

The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.

She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.

She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”

Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.

She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.

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