I’m not sure if they’ve actually killed anyone but they do give you the fright of your life. There you are, enjoying the wilderness with your dog high on the fells when suddenly, out of nowhere, comes this almighty WHOOSH as a Tornado fighter jet flies a few feet above your head at 600 mph. It’s an experience you never forget. If you live here, near Lake Windermere, it’s an experience which happens all too often because this is their favourite training ground.
What I hadn’t appreciated until today is that the route of these fighters is etched into the landscape. This photo was taken at the Newby Bridge Hotel and shows the densely wooded hillside at Finsthwaite where the trees have newly come into leaf. They are looking most impressive in their verdant greenery- except that there appears to be a grey line running through it. The grey is a line of dead trees which lie directly under the flightpath of the Tornados. The fighters may not yet have killed any innocent walkers, but they are certainly fatal to any vegetation in their path.