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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.


Discussing Tubular Fells at ExCeLWith hindsight, meeting up with the 'Fix the Fells' team proved massively fortuitous.  As a resident of East Ham, London, Peter Burgess ventured to the show on three occasions, but was disappointed to see Cumbria represented on only three stalls including KE Travel of Keswick, Cicerone of Milnthorpe and of course the 'Fix the Fells' team.

After talking about the problems of  soil erosion on the fells, Peter then presented his map to Neil Winder who was immediately enthralled by what he saw.  Neil saw potential in the map and a short discussion ensued to see how sales of the map could help the project and provide some much needed support to the valuable work that 'Fix the Fells' carry out on the Lakeland fells.

On return to Cumbria Neil became a great advocate for Tubular Fells, showing people at the National Trust offices in Grasmere a copy of the new map.  With one copy on the wall next to his desk, Neil showed the other to people, telling them that the map is something that could be used to generate much needed funding for the upland paths project. As a result of this chance meeting at ExCeL and Neil's enthusiasm, about 6 weeks later Peter found himself in Grasmere discussing the next stages of how his map could be used to support the much needed work.