We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £4,406 with 81 supporters in 281 days

Following the success of our Exmoor path repair crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Mend Our Mountains in Dulverton, England, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £4,281 with 79 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to keep repairs going. Find out more about our original plans below.


Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Exmoor appeal. 

We're trying to raise £8,000 for two very different projects in Exmoor National Park. You can help us repair it by pledging today - the £8,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.

The projects

Exmoor is one of England's natural gems - a gorgeous wilderness in the heart of the South West with wild moorland, hidden valleys, gorgeous rivers and plenty more to discover. Our efforts here are a little different too.

We're supporting two projects in Exmoor. The first is a major restoration project on the High Chains Coombe, an a plateau of open moorland that contains the highest point in Exmoor. The second is a new bridge to cross the River Barle, that will connect up the Two Moors Way - a fascinating walking trail that links Exmoor and Dartmoor.

1536308453_exmoor.jpgThe problem(s)

As you can see from the photos below, the Chains can become a dangerous quagmire. At times, Exmoor National Park Authority have actually had to stop horse riders from using the path, because there was a serious danger of becoming stuck in the thick mud. This has a knock-on effect too – walkers and riders have diverted away from the path into a nearby SSSI which has become eroded too as a result.

But the situation at Great Bradley, where we want to build a new bridge, is entirely different! The Two Moors Way currently follows a rough permitted path on the eastern bank of the River Barle. This is less than ideal for a number of reasons – and there is a much better, wider and more secure route on the western bank which follows a bridleway. To make matters worse, when the path gets to Great Bradley the crossing point is just a ford – impassable on foot for much of the year and off-putting for all but the most serious of walkers and riders. 

The solution - and what your pledge will do

We need your help to allow us to continue important repair work along a two kilometre section of the Chains – we have a specialist, local contractor but we need him there for weeks to make a real difference. The technique involved is called soil inversion - an innovative system that will significantly improve the health of the pathway, without the need for imported materials. However, it requires heavy equipment and well-trained people to use them - your pledge will ensure we have the funds to carry out this amazing work.

At Great Bradley, we have already secured help from the landowner and a suitable bridge has been sourced from a previous project. It might sound like it’s all been sorted already… right? Wrong!

The bridge needs to be completely refurbished, then transported to the site. After that, ramps and abutments will have to be specially built and everything fixed into place. If that wasn’t complex enough, the site itself is inaccessible so specialist machinery and skilled contractors will be needed to do this.

Your pledge can help us build the bridge into the landscape - it means we can move the Two Moors Way route onto the western bank where it can be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come.

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Incredible rewards

To help us reach this total (and those in our other Mend Our Mountains projects) we're working with a huge number of partners, many of whom have made incredibly kind donations - you can see some of them below.

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It means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these, many of which are exclusive to the Exmoor projects, on the right. We think there's something for everyone, on any kind of budget, and we've worked hard to make sure our partners are offering you something really great in return for your valuable pledge.

And it's not just about Exmoor. As you've probably guessed, Mend Our Mountains is a huge campaign, spanning the entire family of 15 UK National Parks. We've got 13 primary projects in 11 parks, and every park will benefit in some way. Crowdfunding is just part of what we're doing - we want to raise £1,000,000 in total, the most ambitious campaign of its type ever.

If you want to take a look at all the projects in the appeal, and see how close we're getting to our overall target, check out the Mend Our Mountains Crowdfunder Homepage

Pledge today and protect Exmoor for the future.

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Reward Images

Organic cotton Mend Our Mountain tees. Sizes shown: Men’s Medium, Women’s Small

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by artist Tessa Lyons, on the front. Check out how it looks further down this page.

£10 or more

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Montane 25th Anniversary Chief

British brand Montane is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018, pledge £10 and receive a limited edition Montane Chief; multi-purpose fast drying headwear that can be used to protect the head, neck or face. Featuring a repeat pattern of the Montane 25th Logo pattern on the iconic Montane orange background. Sure to be a collector's item.

£10 or more

15% Discount at Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock

Use in-store or online. Our Headline Sponsors are showing the love for Mend Our Mountains with a great discount across loads of outdoor products.

£15 or more

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50% off Tent Meals voucher

https://tentmeals.co.uk/

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

A beautiful bone china mug with design by acclaimed artist Tessa Lyons.

£15 or more

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Two Moors Way T-shirts

Donated by the Two Moors Way Association

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Clif Bar (caddy - 12 units)

A delicious 'caddy' of 12 Clif Bars - Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures!

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Vango 'Trek 3' sleeping mat

Another key piece of camping kit from Vango - comfortable, versatile and simple.

£30 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Telescope Hire for Star-Gazing

Telescope Hire for Star-Gazing from one of our National Park Visitor Centres

£30 or more

Great Value discounted BMC membership

Support Mend Our Mountains even more by becoming a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) - the nation's representative body for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. (for non-BMC members)

£40 or more

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Montane Prism Glove

Win a Pair of Montane’s amazing Prism Gloves (RRP £45.00), these revolutionary PrimaLoft insulated, and Pertex outer fabric warm gloves have a micro pack size and a superb warmth to weight ratio., Ideal as multi-use gloves that will live unnoticed in your pack or pocket, they can easily be pulled on when needed.

£50 or more

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Tent Meals weekend supply

2x main meal, 2x breakfast, 2x snack https://tentmeals.co.uk/

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Family entry to Festival Planetarium Session.

Family entry to the Dark Skies Festival Planetarium Session. For two adults and up to 4 children

£50 or more

MOM Hoodie

Limited edition Mend Our Mountains Hoodie with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by Tessa Lyons, on the back.

£250 or more

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Unique Exmoor National Park Fingerpost

handmade in our workshop in Exford

£300 or more

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2 nights accommodation in Exfo

2 nights accommodation at ‘Spindrift Barn’ in Exford https://www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/point-of-interest/wildaboutexmoor

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ranger Experience Day for 4 people

Ranger Experience Day for 4 people with a National Park Ranger in Exmoor. Y&Cs may apply

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