Our crowdfunding campaign is now finished but we are still accepting donations. If you would like to donate please contact Alistair Lockett at the North Pennines AONB Partnership on 01388 528801 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!
For further information on the project visit http://www.northpennines.org.uk/our-work/peatland-programme/raising-the-standard/
MASSIVE THANK YOU!!
We have hit our £15,000 target! Thank you to everyone who has supported our Raising The Standard project so far. But why stop there??
This is what the ground looks like on the border between Cumbria and North Yorkshire. We need another £10,000 to continue to lay stone flags across the county boundary into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Wainwright's Coast to Coast was once voted the second best walk in the world by the readers of Country Walking Magazine. The route, between St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hoods Bay in Yorkshire, attracts thousands of walkers each year. The route from Kirby Stephen, via Nine Standards Rigg, to Keld in the Yorkshire Dales National Park crosses large areas of blanket bog and takes in some of the most beautiful places in England.
This is a fantastic route however parts of the route is suffering. The high amount of foot traffic along certain parts of the route is exacerbating the peat erosion and damaging the structive of the peat.
The ground near Nine Standards Rigg is extremely boggy with very little vegetation. With no clear route to follow, walkers have found themselves lost and some have even become stuck in the bog! Last year a walker became immersed in the peat resulting in a team of five volunteers from Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue being called out to free him. Alistair Lockett, a Field Officer with our Peatland Programme helped a walker from Australia dig out both his walking pole and then his foot as they had become buried in the peat. This was only at the start of the walking season in April.
Why stop there?
£15,000 will allow us to flag section 1 with is mainly in Cumbria. An extra £10,000 will allow us to flag more of the damaged route and part of section 2 on the map which goes into North Yorkshire.
Please, please keep sharing this campaign with friends, family, work colleagues and any else in your contact list. The more people we can reach the more funds we can raise, which will allow us to flag more of the route.
A stunning photographic print of Nine Standards Rigg, from shortlisted Guardian World Photographer 2014, Paul Kingston.
An A3 limited edition, unmounted print from local artist AnnSandell. There are five images to choose from consisting of Nine Standards Rigg and the surrounding landscape. Prints will be available on a first come first served basis as there are only 2 prints per image.
A Coast to Coast Challenge book, published by The Wainwright's Society.
A beautiful limited edition print of Nine Standards Rigg, by local artist Anne Mason. Anne is a fine artist based in Teesdale, North Pennines, she paints northern landscapes, animals and natural history.
A stunning limited edition print of Nine Standards Rigg, by local artist Simon Wilson. Or the original piece of artwork is also available. Simon is a contemporary landscape artist who lives and works inthe North Pennines. We seeks to convey the beauty of the places he studies and record the emotions we feel in wild places.
'Boots' an amazing double mounted print from local artist Lesley Rowe. Lesley is a contemporary artist, living and working in Kirkby Stephen. Print measures 18" x 10".
Supporters of the project