Mend Cut Gate (Peak District)

by Mend Our Mountains in Bamford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £4,404 with 141 supporters in 281 days

Following the success of our Cut Gate track repair crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Mend Our Mountains in Bamford, England, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £4,404 with 141 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 Cut Gate appeal. 

We're trying to raise £6,000 for Cut Gate - one of the best singletrack mountain biking routes in the UK – which becomes virtually impossible to negotiate when it rains. You can help us by pledging today - the £6,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.

Bog of doom

Considered one of the best singletrack Mountain Bike routes in the United Kingdom, Cut Gate runs through the heart of the Peak District and is used by thousands of bikers every year. Although the trail is predominantly enjoyed by bike, it also makes a great walking route and is even used by horse-riders. An otherwise hardy route between Langsett and Howden Reservoirs, it has short sections of muddy bog in areas prone to flooding, which have become colloquially known as the ‘Bog of Doom’!

The boggy sections are impassable and dangerous in wet conditions – causing riders to divert round the sides, sometimes hundreds of metres from the original route of the path. This spreads and deepens erosion at an alarming rate.

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The main areas prone to flooding are two ford crossings on Featherbed Moss, east of Margery Hill on the Cut Gate path. The bridleway drops to the stream crossing in a natural dip. At the bottom of the dip the stream water backs up regularly resulting in the aforementioned impassable bog.

To avoid the deepest part of the flooded area, visitors will often detour around – working their way up or down the streams until they find a narrow enough section to cross. The problems associated with lack of drainage are especially pronounced here – although it is a common problem across many paths that are in poor condition.

The solution - and what your pledge will do

Using the funding raised under Mend our Mountains, the plan is to improve the whole of the route with a big focus on the most waterlogged areas. The work will improve the drainage in the area of the ford crossings, resurface the wettest sections with the tried-and-tested technique of stone-flags, join these sections with improved path sections and repair the badly eroded downhill sections using pitched stone techniques.

This will re-establish a single path line and allow the surrounding moorland vegetation to recover.

Without this proposed work, these boggy sections will go through continual cycles of worsening ground conditions during periods of wet weather.  Where the main path line proves impassable, trail users will continue to detour leading to further damage and erosion.

Your donation will directly support this innovative collaboration and restore to full health one of the most impressive routes across the high moorland of the Peak.

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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, most of which are totally exclusive to Cut Gate, 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 Cut Gate. 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 Cut Gate 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

Limited Edition 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

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.

£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.

£15 or more

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50% off Tent Meals voucher

Fuel your mountain adventures. Ts and Cs apply.

£15 or more

Landscape and Cloudscape calendar

A sumptuous collection of land,sea and cloudscapes brought together in a beautiful calendar, produced by Garry Nicholson.

£15 or more

MOM Mug

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

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Watch Cap II' beanie hat

"Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. A year-round staple fashioned in classic sailor-cap style, featuring a cozy acrylic-nylon blend with vertical ribs for fit and comfort."

£20 or more

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Robens 'Cheviot' Headtorch

A lightweight, durable headtorch from Robens. Courtesy of the Camping and Caravanning Club and the Peak District National Park Authority

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars

Delicious Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures.

£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

1 of 1 claimed

Chris Boardman signed T-shirt

Men's Large Orange 'Cycle in the Peak District' T-shirt, signed by Chris Boardman

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Chris Boardman signed T-shirt

One Women's Extra Large Orange Cycle in the Peak District T-shirt, signed by Chris Boardman

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 gift voucher for 18 Bikes in Sheffield

£50 off in one of Sheffield's top independent bike shops. Ts and Cs apply.

£50 or more

MOM Hoodie

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

£60 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Complimentary cycle hire from the Peak District

Voucher for a comp days cycle hire in the Peak District for two people, thanks to the Peak District National Park Authority.

£60 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Explorer' 20l bag in Red

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. This unisex backpack is a top choice for days on the hills, with well thought out features that improve every aspect of your hike. Roll top closure provides easy access, while the multi-point lash down system keeps everything in place.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rab Ascent 700 Sleeping Bag

Rab say: "A great versatile all-rounder for camping, backpacking and mountain use over 3 seasons." Grab it before it's gone!


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