Mend the South Downs Way

by Mend Our Mountains in Midhurst, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £10,370 with 217 supporters in 281 days

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

by Mend Our Mountains in Midhurst, England, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £10,230 with 214 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 South Downs appeal. 

We're trying to raise £15,000 for 'Mend Our Way' - the appeal to stop increasing levels of damage to sensitive chalk grassland on the Downs. You can help us by pledging today - the £15,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.

The trail

From rolling hills to bustling market towns and the world-famous Seven Sisters white cliffs, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of beautiful and breath-taking views, rare and diverse habitats and quintessentially English scenery. 

The South Downs Way is a stunning National Trail running entirely within the South Downs National Park. You can feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but be only a few minutes from civilization. Close to big population centres like Winchester, Portsmouth and Brighton, it is one of the UK's most-visited National Parks - and this has a big impact.

Whether you’re walking, on a mountain bike or on horseback, you’ll discover rich chalk grassland, crystal clear rivers, beautiful woodland and a wealth of cultural heritage.

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The thin soils of the South Downs Way can be quickly eroded and the exposed soft chalk is then easily cut by fast flowing water coming off the hills. This means the route requires constant repair and now more than ever, as thousands of people seek the physical, mental and benefits of getting close to nature.

Three areas of the South Downs Way in particular need attention right now:

  • Millpond Bottom (Pen Hill, West Sussex)
  • Plumpton Plain (East Sussex)
  • Old Winchester Hill (Hampshire)

These areas are spread out across a big area - and each will need a different approach, with changing techniques and levels of intervention. 

The solution - and what your pledge will do

The sheer length of the South Downs Way makes caring for it a massive task. Volunteers work alongside professionals year round to try and make sure the surface of the trail is the best it can be, but there is only so much they can do.

While the South Downs National Park Authority receive some funding to carry out repairs to the trail, there are a number of significant repairs which cannot currently be delivered. The areas above are continuing to erode, meaning if they’re not resolved, the costs will only increase in years to come. Through this campaign we hope to restore the most critical areas, safeguarding the South Downs Way for the future.

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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 totally exclusive to the South Downs, 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 South Downs. 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 South Downs Way for the future.

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Reward images

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

A selection of rewards from the South Downs Way. Clockwise from top left: the candle holder, the pin badge, the finger post and the poster.


The Mend Our Mountains 'Beaten Track' merchandise.

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

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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

15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors & 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.

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

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

£15 or more

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South Downs Way Pin Badge

Premium quality enamel badge from Waymarker Designs to commemorate the South Downs Way National Trail. Wear with pride!

£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)

£40 or more

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Montane Prism Glove

Get 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.

£40 or more

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Signed South Downs Way Poster Prints

Specially commissioned signed print of the South Downs Way by Sussex-based artist Kelly Hall. Size: 40 x 50cm View it here: https://shop.nationaltrail.co.uk/collections/south-downs-way/products/vintage-south-downs-way-signed-print?variant=20525550533

£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.

£75 or more

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South Downs Way Candle Holder - MOM Edition

This special edition Candle Holder, made for Mend Our Mountains, makes a perfect gift.

£500 or more

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Day out with Andy and Ben - South Downs Officers

Two top South Downs Officers will take you out on a backstage tour of the South Downs. Travel with them by Land Rover to see some of the best bits of the trail, enjoy a spot of lunch at a hidden gem and top it off by making your mark on the South Downs, helping install one of our new finger posts - there to be seen for years to come.

£500 or more

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Day out with Andy and Ben - South Downs Officers

Two top South Downs Officers will take you out on a backstage tour of the South Downs. Travel with them by Land Rover to see some of the best bits of the trail, enjoy a spot of lunch at a hidden gem and top it off by making your mark on the South Downs, helping install one of our new finger posts - there to be seen for years to come.

£950 or more

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Eastbourne End Marker

With a new finger post being installed at the end of the South Downs Way, you can now own a piece of its history. The current post has marked journey's end for millions of walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and now you can own it. Made of aged oak, it will make a talking point for any garden.


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