Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Ben Vane appeal.
We're trying to raise £6,000 for one of Scotland's most popular Munros - loved by hardcore mountaineers and day-trippers alike. You can help us repair it by pledging today - the £6,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.
A people's Munro
Ben Vane claims Munro status by a mere two feet, but with its imposing pyramid shape its prowess as a mountain is comparable to any of its neighbours in the Arrochar Alps. Indeed it has been one of Scotland’s most popular walks over many years – an accolade that has led to its paths becoming increasingly trampled. From the shores of Loch Lomond, Ben Vane is less than an hour’s walk from the Inveruglas visitor centre car park, which itself is only just over an hour’s drive or bus ride from the centre of Glasgow.
Flanked on three sides by Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain and Ben Vorlich, Ben Vane offers a range of exhilarating walks at any time of the year on its own and is an integral component of an ever popular ‘three peaks’ walk. The views from the summit overlooking the Alps are superb and a spectacular vista to the east towards Loch Lomond, Loch Arklet and Loch Katrine makes the climb well worth the effort. The mountain on any day can hold an astonishing variety of wildlife - you might spot mountain hare, raven, ptarmigan or even a golden eagle.
The path has suffered badly from drainage and erosion issues. The combination of popularity and steepness has seen a sharp decline in the integrity of the path line. As walkers seek new routes to avoid awkward sections, the path has spread and widened across the hillside, with heavy wear causing further damage to the top soil. Deep, worn trod lines now also channel water onto the path, which has severely exacerbated the issue.
Eventually this kind of damage will make the steep slope so dangerous that people will stop walking it altogether.
The solution - and what your pledge will do
Following a detailed survey, it has been decided to split the path into four sections, each of which will be treated differently when it comes to repair and improvement work. All the work will be within the existing path line scar and aim to draw walkers into a single area of use, reducing erosion and promoting habitat regeneration. The path is designed to be both hard wearing and low maintenance which will be effective for years to come.
The work is a serious undertaking – the steepest sections are extremely difficult to work on! Your pledge will allow us not only to secure the materials needed for such a complex job, but also make sure we get the right people in to do it - it's a highly-skilled job, and we know that if the path is going to be there for a generation or more, it has to be done right.
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 exclusive to the Scottish 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 Scotland. 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 Ben Vane for the future.
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