Do you love the Lake District? Do you love the Langdale Pikes? Then please support our 'Love Langdale' crowdfunding campaign...
The jagged skyline of Langdale is one of Lakeland's most beautiful sights - and the distinctive peaks of the Pikes are a much-loved playground for walkers, runners, cyclists and tourists alike. But this popularity comes at a price. The Langdale Pikes are suffering from ongoing erosion caused by human activity. This is where the work of Fix the Fells dedicated teams of rangers and volunteers is of crucial importance. Please help support this vital conservation work. Every donation - no matter how big or small - makes a real difference.
In particular, we need to raise £5,000 for vital repair and maintenance work to the upland path from Stake Pass to Pike O'Stickle, via Martcrag Moor. This popular path is well-used by outdoor enthusiasts exploring the beauty of the Langdale Pikes - but it is in real need of repair and maintenance work. We intend a carry out a programme of work on the path in 2019. This work will be carried out by Fix the Fells volunteers, with assistance from specialist rangers. With your donations we will be able to:
- build new sections of a sheep fleece path*
- landscape erosion scars and gullies
- define and rationalise the line of the path, avoiding a fragile upland bog habitat
- ensure more effective drainage for the path
* A sheep fleece path sounds odd, but it is a recognised, traditional technique that involves ‘floating’ a gravel path over peat bog by using the fleece as a barrier between the ground below and the path surface above, providing an excellent path that blends in effectively with its surroundings. Building sheep fleece paths is a very sustainable and environmentally friendly way of working. Last year, we sourced the fleeces from a local farm and used fell ponies to transport them up the mountain - again traditional techniques in action.
This work will help to prevent the spread of ugly erosion scars in the beautiful fells, as well as provide key conservation and environmental benefits including preserving upland habitats for plant species and preventing sediment run-off into streams and tarns.
Thank you so much for reading about our project. Please donate as much as you can and help preserve the beauty of the Lake District for future generations.
For more information on the work of our volunteers, see the video below: