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'Fix the Fells'

'Fix the Fells' LogoGully erosion on Coledale Hause - it's easy to say don't 'Fix the Fells'!The work of 'Fix the Fells' is imperative for the preservation of the long established network of fell top footpaths.  Although sometimes controversial with the creation of artificial paths, the truth is, without these contributions the fells would be severely damaged.  Contrary to popular belief the Lake District is not a true wilderness area, but the product of thousands of years of human occupation, interaction and use.  Sadly with more and more people on the fells, not a problem in itself, the increased erosion on the fragile paths and thin upland soils needs to be kept in check.  10 million people use the Lake District National Park every year and with so many footfalls the cumulative effect has created huge open scars, visible from miles away.  It is here that your purchase of Tubular Fells comes in with £1 from every sale going to the project.  What are you waiting for, read more about 'Fix the Fells' and purchase your very own copy of 'Tubular Fells' to help out in the work.
The use we make of hills is more than just recreation. It represents the chance of recharging batteries in lives that are becoming more pressurised and technologically based. Reducing the numbers of people going into the hills must never be seen as a solution. Our need for them is too great. The challenge, therefore, is to find ways of enabling people to venture into the hills without spoiling them.
Chris Bonnington.
The use we make of hills is more than just recreation. It represents the chance of recharging batteries in lives that are becoming more pressurised and technologically based. Reducing the numbers of people going into the hills must never be seen as a solution. Our need for them is too great. The challenge, therefore, is to find
ways of enabling people to venture into the hills without spoiling them.

What is 'Fix the Fells'

Fix the Fells Logo'Fix the Fells' was set up in 2002 as part of the Upland Path Landscape Restoration Project.  Initially 180 paths were identified in need of repair as a result of a survey of the whole Lake District National Park.  In 1999 it was estimated that it would cost about £5 million to repair the paths first identified.  As a result of these investigations the 'Fix the Fells' project was instigated to raise the public profile and concerns about footpath erosion and to raise much needed funds from fellwalkers and other organisations.  The end of this article includes a case study and simple ways in which all of us can help reduce erosion when out on the fells.

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Tubular Fells on Tour

Fix the fells news logoAfter the encounter at ExCeL, Peter Burgess was invited to Cumbria at the start of March 2011 to discuss ways in which not only could his map be sold but how else it might be used to promote the cause of 'Fix the Fells'.  In a previous encounter, James Archer (NT Lead Ranger in Langdale) stated that the map was one of the most original Lakeland products seen in many years and could prove useful in the battle to win funds and promote preservation of upland environments in the Lake District.

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A Chance Meeting at The Outdoors Show

Exhibition Centre LondonAt the Outdoors Show at  ExCeL, Peter Burgess was fortunate enough to meet up with Neil Winder and some of the 'Fix the Fells' team who had stoically travelled south to present their cause to a whole new audience in the South-East of England.  Although far from their Lakeland homes, Peter brought along Tubular Fells in order to discuss the possibility of using the map to raise money for the project.

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