A record breaking weekend!
The weekend of 17th – 19th June was a record breaker for Fix the Fells, with the fourth annual Upland ‘Blitz’, hosted by the National Trust’s volunteer centre High Wray Basecamp.
These three days involve a big gang of Fix the Fells volunteer lengthsmen coming out to target and ‘blitz’ the work that needs doing on a particular stretch of path, along with invited guests who are involved in upland path work from other parts of the country.
This year’s path was the popular route from the top of the Wrynose pass towards Red Tarn. Two sections of the path (luckily, a short walk from the road) were chosen to tackle with a combination of stone pitching, drain work and landscaping. Along with the Fix the Fells lengthsmen we were also joined by two volunteers from the Nevis partnership, along with another 10 representing the Scottish National Trust and representatives from the Fix the Fells Partnership Board.
With the job led by a combination of staff from Basecamp, the National Trust’s Southern and Western valleys upland path teams and some of the more experienced lengthsmen we completed a huge amount of work, transforming the two sites and totalling an incredible 93 people days – surely a record!
But this is only half the story, with the weekend also being as much a social event as a working party. Basecamp provides free accommodation for those wishing to stay over and on the Saturday night it became the perfect place for a big get together BBQ. Stories and experiences were swapped and everyone took advantage of the networking opportunities for the select few involved in this specialized field.
All in all, a fantastic weekend which everyone pronounced a great success. We don’t know if we’ll top the numbers but the date is already set for next year’s Blitz – all we need do now is finalise a work site big enough for that many people!