Mend the New Forest

by Mend Our Mountains in Exbury, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £2,375 with 57 supporters in 281 days

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

by Mend Our Mountains in Exbury, England, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £1,775 with 52 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 Lepe Loop appeal. 

We're trying to raise £3,000 for The Lepe Loop; a trail gives thousands of people ever year an accessible taste of coastline, forest and natural beauty. But it needs your help. You can help us repair it by pledging today - the £3,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to replace signs, mend bridges and fix sections of the path.

The trail

The Lepe Loop is a five mile circular walk from Lepe Country Park that takes you along the stunning coastline of the New Forest National Park, through ancient woodland and into wide open farmland. It boasts panoramic views out over the Solent to the Isle of Wight, a gorgeous new lighthouse built in 2000 to commemorate the Millennium, and a deep historical connection with World War Two and the D-Day landings – many of the troops bound for the Normandy beaches departed from this area. The Lepe Loop deserves a route that does justice to its magnificent surroundings.


The problem

Though this is a much loved and well used walking route, in places that use has started to show. There are three big areas that could benefit from improvement – the signage (interpretation), a series of bridges, and some sections of the path where surface improvements would encourage more use.

The solution - and what your pledge will do

By improving the surface of the route and its signage, the walk will be more accessible and easier to follow. Improved interpretation will ensure more people learn about the route as they walk, helping to develop their love for this special area. The work will be undertaken with help from volunteer groups and local youth groups like the Princes Trust, which represents an exciting opportunity to get members of the community and young people involved in helping with the work and promote a sense of ownership of the route.

Providing a robust, accessible and useable route to a high standard all year round encourages local users and visitors to walk the Lepe Loop and relieves some pressure on the more sensitive areas of the Open Forest – the sensitive heathland habitats the New Forest National Park is famed for and important habitats for ground nesting birds and other rare wildlife.

It’s great work with a real community benefit, in an area which has a reputation for being an accessible and easy outdoors environment close to major population centres – but it will only happen if the New Forest National Park are able to raise the cash needed.


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.


1536234736_new%20forest%20banner.jpgIt means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these, some of which are exclusive to the New Forest project, 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 New Forest. 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 Lepe Loop for the future.


Reward Images

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


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Limited Edition 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

1 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

Mend Our Mountains Mug

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

£15 or more

50% off Tent Meals voucher

£15 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Watch Cap II'

"Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. A year-round staple fashioned in classic sailor-cap style, featuring a cozy acrylic-nylon blend with vertical ribs for fit and comfort."

£20 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Clif Bar (caddy - 12 units)

A delicious 'caddy' of 12 Clif Bars - Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures!

£25 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Walk the Lepe Loop

Join Alison Steele , creator of the Lepe Loop, for a walk along this beautiful trail we are desperately trying to raise funds to protect. The Lepe Loop is a fantastic walk along the beach, combining coastal and countryside paths. The Loop starts and finishes at Lepe Country Park, so why not pop into the Lookout afterwards to sample their delicious range of cakes!

£25 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Sea dogs and salty tales

Discover the history of Lymington’s coast, salt industry and smuggling, led by a National Park Archaeologist. Learn how salt was worth its weight in gold and how it turned Lymington into a thriving town, with cargo regularly shipped to Europe and the Americas. Explore the UK’s last sea salt boiling houses, and the salt marshes which were perfect hideaways for smugglers’ contraband.

£25 or more

0 of 15 claimed

The Huff-Duff and the Secret Bunker

Join a National Park Archaeologist to take in breathtaking views from Ibsley Common, an area steeped in military history. Visit the Huff Duff (an old directional station) and don a hard hat to explore the secret bunker!

£25 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Countryside Rights of Way

Join National Park Access officer Adam Vasey as we inspect and explore the rights of way network within the New Forest. We’ll talk about the history of Rights of Way, the creation of national parks and the threats and challenges facing the New Forest.

£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)

£50 or more

MOM Hoodie

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

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A weekend supply of Tent Meals

2x main meal, 2x breakfast, 2x snack

£60 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Explorer' 20l bag in Red

"Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. This unisex backpack is a top choice for days on the hills, with well thought out features that improve every aspect of your hike. Roll top closure provides easy access, while the multi-point lash down system keeps everything in place."

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Vango 'Photon' headtorch

This is a simple, versatile headtorch from Vango that can be easily stored and used in a variety of situations.

£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.

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