The pop-up cafe that was set up on the Nan Bield Pass earlier this year

The pop-up cafe that was set up on the Nan Bield Pass earlier this year

Outdoor fans will be able to use a new cafe, more than 2,000ft up in the Lake District fells.

But walkers and mountain bikers will have to be quick – the ‘pop-up’ restaurant will only be in business for one Sunday later this month.

Friends of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team will be cooking up treats on the Nan Bield Pass in a repeat of their successful earlier fundraising enterprise.

In May, several members of the Friends fundraising group served tea, coffee and a selection of home-made cakes and biscuits as well as traditional bacon butties from two venues on the team’s patch, one in the car park at Mardale Head and one up at more than 2,100 feet between Harter Fell and Mardale Ill Bell at the head of Nan Bield Pass.

Deputy team leader Kaz Frith said: “I think we surprised quite a few walkers, mountain bikers and fell runners and the nourishment – and smell of cooking bacon – was very well received.

“We raised nearly £1,000 with this first try out of the idea and have to thank plenty of local retailers and producers, such as Sainsbury, Morrisons, Lakes and Dales Co-Op, Co-operative North, Cranstons, Booths, GO Outdoors and Bells of Lazonby, for donating the food.

“Our baking team put in a huge effort too and, of course, the people who carried everything up to Nan Bield were invaluable.”

The Friends will repeat the pop-up restaurant on Sunday 23 August from about 9.30am until 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

Ms Frith said: “People might associate a pop-up restaurant with a swanky, over-priced establishment on the top of a skyscraper or in an arts venue.

“But the Friends of Penrith Mountain Rescue have proved that they can produce pop-up restaurants, Cumbrian style too.”

The team said anyone who doesn’t have a few coins in their back pocket can simply text RESQ41 £2 to 70070 to donate.

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