Published 23 March 2016

His Royal Highness returned to Cumbria today where he spent the day celebrating the region’s thriving and resilient tourism industry. HRH’s most recent visit to Cumbria was back in December last year, where he visited communities affected by Storm Desmond. 

The Prince of Wales meets staff members at Grasmere Gingerbread Shop in Cumbria

HRH began his visit with a tour of the Applied Learning Centre at Ullswater Community College. This centre provides specialist facilities for vocational training where students can hone their skills in the areas of hair and beauty, motor engineering, plumbing and more.

Next stop for The Prince was to the 250 year-old river crossing at Pooley Bridge, that completely collapsed last December. A new temporary crossing was opened a few days ago, and The Prince of Wales visited the the bridge to see the new structure and speak to local residents.

The Prince then met some Cumbrian young farmers who are supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Together, they took part in an off-road driving skills course, where The Prince showed off his off-road driving skills! 
The Prince’s Countryside Fund has given support and guidance to hill farming communities and work in partnership with The Land Rover Bursary Scheme to offer five young people from across Britain a Land Rover Discovery Sport for 12 months to support their rural careers.

The Prince then visited Keswick to view an outdoor exhibition of locally-decorated model sheep. These sheep are part of the ‘Go Herdwick’ Calvert Trust Public Art Trail and will appear across the Lake District from Friday 25th March. 

The Prince of Wales ended his visit to Cumbria in the beautiful village of Grasmere. HRH was welcomed by Grasmere Gingerbread shop owners, Joanne and Andrew Hunter to their shop before HRH headed to St Oswald’s Church to visit the grave of poet William Wordsworth.