Mend The Lake District!

by thebmc in Cumbria

By helping repair the most popular path to the top of England's highest mountain you're also helping the Lake District recover from floods.

by thebmc in Cumbria

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On 16th May 2016 we successfully raised £12,805 with 260 supporters in 56 days

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By helping repair the most popular path to the top of England's highest mountain you're also helping the Lake District recover from floods.

The Brown Tongue path is the most direct route to the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

As a result it has a very high usage with about 100,000 people walking it every year, including a tremendous number of people taking part in the national Three Peaks Challenge, many of whom use the path by night.

 

The problem

The current path is too narrow and too rough. Where the path is particularly bad, it can be hard to walk on, so folk leave it and cause rapidy spreading erosion along its sides. 

Nearby, the Brown Tongue nose path has also experienced damage. Once the right of way, this path was badly eroded and unsustainable. The path was re-directed onto its current line many years ago, but some folk still use the old route and it is beginning to show signs of wear. 

The task of keeping the Lake District’s paths in good shape falls to footpath repair partnership Fix the Fells. They rely on grants and donations to do their work, but their job has just been made a lot harder by the devastating floods which hit the Lake District over the winter.

As their practical coordinator Richard Fox explains: “It costs about half a million pounds a year just to look after the Lake District fells properly in a normal year. But the damage to Fix the Fells work from the floods alone was probably in the order of half a million pounds. It might end up being more than that. So effectively we’ve had a whole year’s worth of work in one night.”

 

The solution

Maintaining the Brown Tongue route is an ongoing battle, but in time the whole path needs improving and widening. The plan for 2016 is to improve another section of the path above that done in 2015, widening the route and making it easier to walk on. 

The total cost of the work on the Brown Tongue, including ranger costs, helicopter lifts and volunteer expenses, is £30,000.

 

What your donation will achieve

Your pledge will directly help to repair England's highest mountain. It will also help Fix the Fells cope with their huge workload in the rest of the Lake District and so help the region get back on its feet after that devastating deluge.

 - Lake District National Park

 

Please note that should the required target not be met to deliver this project, any monies raised may be rolled over to other projects within the Mend Our Mountains campaign.

Rewards will be continually added to projects over the two month course of this campaign - keep an eye on the BMC's Twitter Feed for updates and announcements. 

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Why support Mend Our Mountains?

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor + Thank you email

£15 or more

£15 Reward

50% off voucher for Tent Meals https://tentmeals.co.uk/

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Limited edition BMC T-shirt designed by artists Tessa Lyons reading 'Choose your own path'. More info here: www.thebmc.co.uk/Limited-edition-bmc-tshirts-choose-your-own-path-and-help-to-mend-it-too

£20 or more

£20 Reward

15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

£35 or more

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£35 Reward

50% off vouchers for a DMM Cirque walking axe

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6 of 6 claimed

£35 Reward

BMC Climbing Wall Essentials DVD + BMC Winter Essentials DVD + desktop background by mountain artist Tessa Lyons + 15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£35 or more

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£35 Reward

BMC Hill Walking Essentials DVD + desktop background by mountain artist Tessa Lyons + 15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£35 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£35 Reward

BMC Rock Climbing Essentials DVD + desktop background by mountain artist Tessa Lyons + 15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£35 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£35 Reward

BMC Winter Essentials DVD + desktop background by mountain artist Tessa Lyons + 15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£35 or more

0 of 60 claimed

£35 Reward

Great value discounted BMC membership (for non-members) + Desktop background by mountain artist Tessa Lyons + 15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

MOM T-shirt + Invitation to celebration event + Great value discounted BMC membership (for non-members) + Desktop background by mountain artist Tessa Lyons + 15% Cotswolds Outdoor discount (6 months) + 50% Steep Edge adventure films discount (6 months)

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£60 Reward

50% off voucher for a full DMM nut set (full set of wallnuts, torque nuts and alloy offset nuts)

£70 or more

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£70 Reward

50% off voucher for a DMM Highball bouldering pad

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£70 Reward

50% off voucher for a DMM Dragon cam set sizes 2-4

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£100 Reward

Signed boxset of Terry Abraham DVDs featuring ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’, ‘Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson’, and ‘Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend’

£155 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£155 Reward

50% off voucher for a pair of DMM Apex ice axes

£250 or more

£250 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

A thank you for making a difference to the mountains!

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