Cumbrian residents are being offered the chance to enjoy a high-level climbing route free of charge.
A place on the Honister Slate Mine via ferrata normally costs £30, but owner Mark Weir is waiving the charge for those who live in the county and anyone who works in the Cumbrian tourism industry.
The via ferrata is a system of ladders, loops and cables on the side of Fleetwith Pike that gives non-climbers the chance to experience craghopping even if they don’t have the technical rockclimbing skills.
Mr Weir is also offering a free tour of the slate mine to locals, saving £10.
The offer will run next week, from 28 February, on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents will need to take proof of their address.
Mark Weir said: “We know times are tough for people while those who work in the tourist industry don’t always get the chance to enjoy what their guests do.
“If we can offer a good day out for free at Honister it’s putting something back into the community. Lots of people may have heard of Honister but may never have been up here, so it’s a chance to see what we’re all about.”
He will also personally lead tours of the mine in which his grandfather worked and which he reopened in 1997 after it had lain unused.
Last date for the free offer is 6 March. Details are on the Honister Slate Mine website.
Vie ferrate originated in the Italian Dolomites during the First World War and were first used to aid troop movements in the mountains. The system on the 648m (2,126ft) Fleetwith Pike was the first in Britain.