Mend the Great Ridge (Peak District)

by Mend Our Mountains in Castleton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £13,376 with 289 supporters in 281 days

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

by Mend Our Mountains in Castleton, England, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £13,072 with 278 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 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.

The project

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.

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The problem

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.  


Inspire

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.

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Photo: Tom McNally


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 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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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

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.

£10 or more

9 of 10 claimed

Peak District National Park Notepad

The design is in the shape of the millstone including the wildlife and trees native to the area and that are familiar sights if you look out for them.

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

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

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

50% off Tent Meals voucher

Fuel your mountain adventures.

£15 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Peak District National Park Tea towel

The design is in the shape of the millstone including the wildlife and trees native to the area and that are familiar sights if you look out for them.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Millie the Sheep Cuddly Toy

Millie the Sheep is the mascot of the Peak District National Park - this cute cuddly toy makes a lovely gift.

£20 or more

Discounted Entry to Poole's Cavern, Buxton

20% discounted entry to Poole’s cavern across all standard adult and child entry prices. Not to be used in conjunction with other offers and not valid for special events.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars

Delicious Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Columbia 'Titan' running top in Green

With MOM details on the back

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Columbia 'Titan' running top in Orange

With MOM details on the back

£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)

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Free Entry to Treak Cliff Cavern

Free entry for 2 adults and 2 children to the amazing Treak Cliff cavern in Castleton, home to Blue John Stone. Ts and Cs apply.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Afternoon tea at Blueberry Café in Castleton

Afternoon tea for two at Blueberry Café in Castleton

£40 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Paperback copy of 'Kinder: The People's Mountain'

Kinder: The People's Mountain - paperback version from Vertebrate Publishing in Sheffield.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

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

Mend Our Mountains Hoodie

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

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Ticket for Chatsworth House

A family ticket for the house, garden, farmyard and playground for two adults and three children (3-16 inclusive) Ts and Cs apply.

£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!

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Overnight stay and dinner at Losehill House Hotel

A midweek overnight stay with dinner in a Deluxe kings room at the luxury Losehill House Hotel and Spa. Ts and Cs apply.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Day out climbing in the Peak with Steve McClure

Take advantage of a sport climbing masterclass from Britain's strongest climber. At a mutually convenient time, in the Peak District.

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