Great Langdale pub the first run by National Trust

image captionThe National Trust owns 60 pubs but all are tenanted and run by individual businesses

A pub in the Lake District has become the only one in the UK to be run by the National Trust.

The heritage organisation has taken over the Sticklebarn pub in Great Langdale.

It already manages a large part of the valley and owns several farms, a hotel and a campsite.

National Trust general manager for the area, Jeremy Barlow, said: "We are really excited about the opportunities this acquisition will give us."

Across the UK, the trust owns 60 pubs, including six hotels, but they are all tenanted and run as individual businesses.

Bar staff at the Sticklebarn will be employed by the trust and all profits will be spent on managing the surrounding area.

"Running the Sticklebarn as a trust pub will raise our profile immeasurably in a valley which is renowned for its outdoor activities," Mr Barlow said.

"More importantly, it will place our expert teams at the heart of the action, sharing their knowledge about this region and what it has to offer."

He explained the trust had already spent £40,000 upgrading the public toilets between Sticklebarn and the neighbouring National Trust car park and had installed new changing facilities for people taking to the Langdale fells.

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