Fix the fells update 2020

Fix the fells update 2020

Fix the Fells!

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Below is the latest update from the Lake District Foundation.

In April the 16 fix the fells rangers were furloughed because of the COVID-19 lockdown, but were back in the fells repairing paths again in June. The 130 volunteers were also prevented from volunteering at the time but returned to the fells at the end of June. Since then both rangers and volunteers have been hard at work catching up on lost time and looking after the fell landscape and paths again.

The rangers managed to complete a heli-lift of much needed local stone in July and are busy using that stone to repair erosion across the lakes. They have already completed work on some very popular routes such as the path up Loughrigg Fell at Grasmere, the path from Stockley Bridge to Styhead Tarn in Borrowdale, and the route along Dovedale near Ullswater. They are now working on a high-level section of the Cumbria Way on Greenup Edge, on Castle Crag in Borrowdale, and of course, continuing the work needed on the busy path Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head. The volunteers have been out nearly every day somewhere in the Lakes, very happy to be back in their beloved fells, and clearing drains and keeping paths in good order again.

Joanne Backshall, Fix the Fells Program Manager says " I just wanted to say a very big thank you for your continued support for fix the fells, particularly during this unusual year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is greatly appreciated by the whole Fix the Fells team"

We have seen a huge surge in visitors this year as people have chosen to holiday in the UK and explore new areas. The Lake District National Park reports that two-thirds of visitors this year are new to the area and it is great that more people are appreciating and enjoying the beautiful Lake District landscape. However, this means extra wear and tear on the fell paths, so it is especially helpful for us this year to receive such generous support from you. We cannot thank you enough. It gives our rangers and volunteers a much-needed boost to know that people understand, value, and support their work.

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