Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Great Ridge appeal.
We're trying to raise £14,000 for Great Ridge - officially one of the most popular and well-trodden hill walks in Britain. But those numbers are taking their toll on the fragile path along part of its length. You can help us by pledging today - the £14,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.
Many of these visitors come to the Peak District to walk and enjoy its beautiful landscape. The stunning Great Ridge, which connects Mam Tor and Lose Hill, has the magic combination of spectacle and accessibility which makes it a particularly popular destination for strollers, ramblers and runners.
In a recent list compiled by Ordnance Survey of the 20 most popular walking routes created with its mapping software, the Great Ridge featured twice, and its neighbouring valley Edale six times. By any measure it is one of the most popular walking destinations in Britain. When you take the impact of all those feet and add in the force of wind, rain and snow the result is inevitable – an eroded landscape where fragile vegetation and exposed soil gets washed away.
Over the years the path has been resurfaced along sections of the Great Ridge, but managing the impact of so many people is an ongoing challenge and large sections of path remain unfinished. The section we want to repair takes in most of the central section of the ridge, and also leads up and over one of the steepest climbs on the ridge.
It is currently an ever-widening set of desire lines, loose muddy channels and crumbling rocky steps - not a fitting journey to take you across one of the country's most magnificent landscapes.
The solution - and how your pledge will help
In such a remote and sensitive location path repair is an expensive business, requiring specialist techniques and the use of helicopters to get the materials to site. Combined with the width of the top of the ridge, it means that the Great Ridge is one of the most expensive paths to repair in the country - in places repair work can cost over £200/metre.
We need your help to repair this iconic route so future generations can continue to enjoy it. We want to build support for the Peak District’s access and conservation work and inspire people to care for these paths.
The Peak District National Park’s slogan is “Started by You. Supported by You.” It is Britain’s Original National Park, designated in 1951 following decades of campaigning. Many of the people who live, work and play here are still just as passionate about the place today. Are you?
In May we ran an event on the Great Ridge itself, designed to make headlines and draw some attention to the plight of footpaths both in the Peak District and around the county. It was a resounding success, and you can see the results below. It all happened thanks to an amazing partnership with the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Photo: Tom McNally
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.
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 totally exclusive to the Great Ridge, 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 the Great Ridge. 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 the Great Ridge for the future.
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