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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 04:56 GMT 05:56 UK
Lakes helpline banishes the blues
Cumberland sausage
The line features the sound of sizzling Cumberland sausages
A telephone helpline of "inspiring" sounds has been launched for those suffering from the winter blues.

As the clocks go back this weekend, the Lake District's tourism bosses have recorded tranquil sounds to encourage visitors and stave off depression.

The Lakes' Escape Line includes a reading of Wordsworth's Daffodils, the sound of water lapping at Windermere and a sizzling Cumberland sausage.

The helpline also contains information on accommodation in the Lake District.

As well as to promote the region, it was set up to lift spirits and remind listeners that the outdoors can still be enjoyed during the winter months.

Eric Robson, of Cumbria Tourism, said: "Few of us enjoy getting up in the dark or coming home in it, so making the most of daylight and how you spend your weekends could be important for keeping the winter blues at bay."

Dr Marcus Roberts, head of policy at mental health charity Mind, said: "What your parents said is true - fresh air and exercise are good for you, for your mind as well as your body, particularly in winter."

Hear a sample of the helpline's 'tranquil sounds'

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