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Your mountains need you. Help us raise £100,000 for urgent path repair work on some of Britain's most iconic peaks.
Our hills and mountains might look timeless and invulnerable. But they’re more fragile than we realise.
More people than ever experiencing the freedom and joy of the outdoors is good news. But it has an impact on the landscape.
Over time, the steady pounding of feet can blight the mountains, causing erosion scars that harm the local ecology and ruin people’s enjoyment. In popular places like the Lake District, some of these scars have grown to up to 30 metres, motorways of damage as wide as the M1.
Regular maintenance is needed to cope with this problem and sustainably support the hills and mountains, but it costs a lot of money.
Booming visitor numbers, shrinking budgets, and the extensive damage of recent flooding means that many national park authorities are struggling to keep up.
That's why through Mend Our Mountains we aim to raise at least £100,000 for mountain path repair projects on some of Britain's most iconic peaks, including the respective highest mountains of England and Wales, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
This campaign is backed by renowned mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott CBE, as well as TV presenter Julia Bradbury.
We're working with eight national park authorities, who will be responsible for carrying out the repairs we raise money for.
Eight parks, eight projects
Through this page you can donate to the overall campaign. The total we raise here will be split evenly between the eight individual projects.
But each project also has its own crowdfunding page, so you can choose to donate to a specific project if you prefer. See all of them here.
The full list of projects is:
Lake District: Brown Tongue Route, Scafell Pike
Snowdonia: Watkin Path, Snowdon
Yorkshire Dales: Swine Tail, Ingleborough
Peak District: Ringing Roger, Kinder Scout
Brecon Beacons: Neuadd path, Brecon Beacons Horseshoe
Dartmoor: High Moor
Exmoor: Long Chains Combe
North York Moors: Lyke Wake Walk
Without your support many of the projects featured in this campaign will simply not go ahead.
But we believe that by calling on the spirit of community and harnessing the great British passion for the hills and mountains we can hit our target and make a real difference.
There are some incredible rewards up for grabs, ranging from download offers, discounts and T-shirts to days out with Chris Bonington, skills training with top instructors and even a helicopter ride.
If the reward you want has been sold, don't worry - we will be adding more rewards over the two months this campaign will be running for, so keep checking back.
To make this campaign a success, everyone who loves the outdoors needs to come together.
From day walkers to diehard climbers, from social animals to solitary wanderers, from runners to mountain bikers, from charity challengers to winter warriors, we all have a responsibility help to look after the places we care about.
If the same number of people who walked up Snowdon in a year gave just 20p, we would hit our target.
Your mountains need you. Will you help?
Mend Our Mountains has been developed by the BMC in conjunction with the BMC Access and Conservation Trust and funds will be channeled through it. It has been generously backed by Cotswold Outdoor, Alpkit and Steep Edge and a number of other sponsors.
Rewards will be continually added to projects over the two month course of this campaign - keep an eye on the BMC's Twitter Feed for updates and announcements.
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