Funding boost from Mockerkin Mob
A walking group in west Cumbria has raised money to repair some of the paths its members love in the Lake District.
The group, known as the Mockerkin Mob, handed over a cheque for £450 to the Fix the Fells project while on its latest walk around Crummock Water. The Mockerkin Mob was started by local resident and walking guide author, Alan Gane MBE, in 1989. Originally it was made up of a group of local friends but has expanded over the years to include people from a wider area, although most still live in west Cumbria.
It raised the money for Fix the Fells by hosting a coffee morning at Loweswater Village Hall last month. That included an exhibition of photographs by John and Rosamund Macfarlane, who live at Loweswater, with prints and Christmas cards being sold to add to the funds. Members of the group also provided cakes for the occasion.
Joanne Backshall, Fix the Fells Programme Manager, said she was delighted to receive the money and thanked the group for its support. "Fix the Fells relies on donations from groups like the Mockerkin Mob to carry out its vital work in protecting the Lake District fells. We are so grateful to its members for their fundraising and will use every penny to repair paths for everyone to enjoy."
Fix the Fells is a partnership project between the National Trust, the Lake District National Park Authority, Nurture Lakeland, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria County Council. It aims to protect the spectacular Lakeland fells from erosion and damage by repairing the upland paths.
It costs £150 to repair just one metre of path and stop it from deteriorating further. Without the work the paths can spread out further, leading to more erosion and unsightly scars appearing on the landscape. Since its formation in 2001 Fix the Fells has repaired more than 200 popular routes. It had already identified a further 120 paths that need to be improved before Storm Desmond caused widespread damage to dozens more.
The work currently costs £350,000 per year, with one of the biggest expenses being the hire of helicopters to fly in the large stones needed to repair paths to remote parts of the Lake District. It is highly skilled work with traditional techniques of stone pitching and sub-soiling being used by teams of National Trust rangers and an army of volunteers.