Friends Grant Helps Fix Yewbarrow Path
The heavily eroded, popular walkers path up the nose of Yewbarrow Fell in the iconic Wasdale valley has just been restored by the Fix the Fells path staff and volunteers.
With the help of the Friends of the Lake District £7,000 environmental grant the sides of the path have been stabilised by sensitive landscaping and drainage, and parts of the path has been stone pitched to provide a good walking surface and giving a chance for the surrounding scree to re-vegetate. This will then protect the soil from eroding and reduce the impact on the water quality of Wastwater and the valley’s river network.
Judith Moore, Friends of the Lake District’s policy officer said: ‘We cannot sit back and watch erosion scars on the Lakeland fells get worse and worse. The Fix the Fells path work is of the highest quality using local materials and skilled people. Repairing the very prominent Yewbarrow path is a major plus for both walkers and the landscape.’
The Fix the Fells Programme is a partnership of the National Trust, Lake District National Park, Friends of the Lake District, Natural England, Cumbria County Council and Nurture Lakeland. Its aim is to repair and maintain the upland paths to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Over 200 paths have been repaired in the last 10 years with the help of Heritage Lottery funding and grants from Friends of the Lake District and other organisations. There is work still to do and over the next 10 years we aim to repair another 120 paths, in addition to maintaining those already repaired.
Tanya Oliver, Programme Manager for the Fix the Fells Programme, said: ‘The Friends grant helped us pay for the expensive helicopter lifting of the stone for the path works. We have received fantastic feedback from people using the newly restored Yewbarrow path. With so much more work to do on the Lake District paths I’d encourage everyone of enjoys the fells support Fix the Fells – www.fixthefells.co.uk’