The Fix the Fells programme is more important now than ever with the Lake District fells busier than they have ever been. To keep protecting these fells from erosion through maintaining and repairing the paths, £300,000 is required and this is just for the next 2 year period.
Despite the Lake District ground level having some wonderful sights and activities to experience it is the fells that make up the landscape of this National Park and the biggest reason for visiting it. Whether it is a short up and down popular Loughrigg when staying in Ambleside or taking on the mighty Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, path erosion is problematic through walking on them and weather conditions is problematic. These fells have to be kept open for all to enjoy but repair and maintenance is a constant requirement.
So baring in mind the fells are why the majority of visitors come to the Lake District and naturally they will stay in the various types of accommodation on offer, surely these accommodation providers should each be doing their bit to help. A small donation from each Lake District tourism business would mean a huge amount to Fix the Fells and for the preservation of this special place in the UK.
But it is also the fell users that can help and this is at its most evident on Scafell Pike. The rise in popularity of the Three Peaks Challenge, and fell walking in general for those wanting to bag England’s highest mountain, is beginning to come at a price. The Western side of Scafell from Wasdale is the location of choice for those embarking up this fell and 3 paths in particular, Corridor, Hollowstones and Mickledore have succumbed to significant erosion. These paths are not just eroding but the fell to either side of them is too. £250,000 is required to repair these 3 mains routes over the next 8 years. Firstly, Three Peaks Challenges could donate however small an amount to this cause and as importantly, follow the codes of conduct which can be viewed here www.fixthefells.co.uk/index.php/download_file/view/333/487/ on how to conduct this walk minimising impact to the fell environment as well as the Wasdale locality.
The Lakeland Cottage Company, The Langdale Hotel and Lake District Guiding are just 3 different tourism businesses operating in the National Park that are raising funds or making donations to Fix the Fells.