Mend the Yorkshire Dales (Whernside)

by Mend Our Mountains in Deepdale, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £11,616 with 298 supporters in 281 days

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

by Mend Our Mountains in Deepdale, England, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £11,481 with 290 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 Whernside appeal. 

We're trying to raise £20,000 for Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales. At least 100,000 people climb Whernside every year, many of whom are taking part in the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. But the main descent route from its summit has become so badly eroded the only option is to start again – at significant cost. We need your help to raise £20,000 to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.

An iconic peak

At 736m, Whernside is the highest point in Yorkshire. People have been attracted to its summit since Victorian times, and today it is estimated that it gets well over 70,000 walkers every year. Whernside also provides the stunning backdrop to the Ribblehead viaduct and together they make one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Whernside is not only a fantastic walk in its own right, but also part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks route where thousands of people take the 26 mile challenge of walking Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in one day.

1536171853_beinn%20ghlo.jpgThe problem

Although the work of the first Mend Our Mountains was important, there is just as much work to do on another nearby path.

The main descent off the summit of Whernside is known locally as Bruntscar. The steepest section of the route is particularly susceptible to damage and the path is becoming increasingly eroded, making walking unpleasant, undermining the local ecology and creating an ever-widening scar on Yorkshire’s highest hillside.

This section of path, because of its instability and steepness, has posed problems over the years. In 2003 it was stone-pitched using stone sourced locally from the site. However the sheer pressure of use, the unsuitability of the stone, the site conditions and the wet Yorkshire weather means that its condition is deteriorating. In its current condition the route is extremely difficult to use, causing people to walk off route, which in turn is causing additional erosion on the adjacent slope.

A fresh start

Unfortunately, it seems that the ongoing battle to maintain the existing path has been lost – under the pressures it faces its condition has reached a level where the only solution is to start again.

This project will therefore create a new 200 metre section of stone-pitched path on the steepest section and landscape the adjacent areas of erosion. The newly created route would be sensitively designed to ensure the least possible impact on the landscape and provide a route that can stand up to the enormous number of walkers it receives every year.

For the work to be successful, we need to use stone that is of sufficient size to create a route that will provide a sustainable long-term walking surface. As this is not available on-site it will be necessary to fly in approximately 150 tonnes of hand-picked stone.

With an estimated project cost of £46,000, the scale of the task is huge given Bruntscar’s remote location and steep conditions. However, we feel that Whernside’s worth it!

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Before and after shots from the Swinetail path, fixed as part of Mend Our Mountains in 2016. Photos: YDNPA


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 exclusive to the Yorkshire Dales 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 Yorkshire Dales. 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 Whernside for the future.

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Reward Images

Organic cotton Mend Our Mountain tees. Sizes shown: Men’s Medium, Women’s Small

Some of our fantastic supporters in the Yorkshire Dales.

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.

£5 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Yorkshire Three Peaks Pin Badge

A commemorative badge to show your love for Whernside and the Three Peaks.

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

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

20 of 20 claimed

Yorkshire Three Peaks Buff

A windstopper for cold wintery walks - Three Peaks branded.

£15 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Yorkshire Three Peaks Woolly Hat

Wrap up warm - support Whernside and Mend Our Mountains.

£25 or more

10 of 20 claimed

Signed copy of "A Dales High Way Companion"

Get a signed copy of Skyware Press book "A Dales High Way Companion.

£35 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Yorkshire Three Peaks fleece

Wrap up warm - support Whernside and Mend Our Mountains. Please indicate your size below.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Afternoon tea for 2 at The Coniston Hotel

Signature afternoon tea for 2 at The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa

£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

5 of 100 claimed

Step Up For Whernside

Contribute directly to the building of one of the steps that help thousands of people climb to Yorkshire’s highest point each year. As well as knowing you have supported the construction of one individual step you will also receive a limited edition certificate that acknowledges your contribution.

£50 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Annual Car Park Pass

Valid for any Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority car park from April 2019 - March 2020

£60 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Personalised Yorkshire Three Peaks Hoodie

In a colour and size of your choice, with the Three Peaks logo on the front and your choice of words on the back (subject to max characters) We will contact you after the Crowdfunder has finished to get your size and colour choice.

£75 or more

9 of 20 claimed

Handcrafted oak finger post sign with inscription

With the inscription "Yorkshire Three Peaks" and a Three Peaks waymark

£100 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Handcrafted finger post with your inscription

Handcrafted oak finger post sign with Three Peaks waymark and an inscription of your choice (subject to max characters).

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Lifetime Membership of Friends of the Three Peaks

Lifetime Membership of Friends of the Three Peaks and an exclusive metal sign to commemorate it.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Behind-the-Scenes at the Dales Countryside Museum

Get up close & personal with the reserve collection at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes with a half-day guided tour behind the scenes for up to 2 people.

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Personalised Guided Walk led by YDNPA volunteers

Led by our hard-wrking Dales Volunteers, for a group of up to 10 people. You can choose from over 50 different walks to suit all abilities and interests.

£180 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 night stay for 2 at King William Guest House

A night for 2 people at the King William Guest House in the beautiful Dales town of Settle. Ideal as a base for walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales or for those with an interest in the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. Subject to availability on any night from Sunday to Thursday.

£200 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Day out with a National Park Ranger

Get out in the Yorkshire Dales and get to see first hand what it is like to work as a Ranger - while helping to look after the Yorkshire Dales at the same time!

£270 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 night stay for 2 at luxury hotel The Traddock

A night for 2 people at the luxury country house hotel, The Traddock, in the beautiful Dales village of Austwick. Includes dinner (3 course meal in 2* AA rosette restaurant with award winning chef), bed and breakfast. Terms & conditions apply, subject to availability, mid-week - valid for 1 year.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Exclusive Three Peaks Map Deck Chair

Exclusive, limited edition Three Peaks Map Deck Chair and the opportunity to sit on it on top of your choice of Yorkshire's Three Peaks.

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Helicopter Ride - while lifting stone for project!

View the project area and The Yorkshire Dales from above. Trip in a helicopter that is taking part in the helicopter lift to get the stone onto site. Due to take place Spring/ Summer 2019. Must be available at short notice. Each reward is for one person.

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 night self-guided walking break for 2 people

HF Holidays 3 night self-guided walking break for 2 people, with full board accommodation at one of their of 18 UK locations to choose from. Each country house is equipped for the perfect outdoor holiday, with comfortable bedroom and delicious home-cooked food (breakfast, picnic lunch & evening meal). Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability. Must be booked by 31 March 2019 for travel by 30 September 2019.

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