Keeping the great outdoors beautiful

Who has walked England’s highest peak Scafell
Pike? As one of the most hiked mountains in the UK, the chances are that many
thousands of you have made it to the 978m summit. But, like many popular trails
in the UK, Scafell suffers from the high footfall. Eroded trails and trampled
vegetation are just a couple of the issues.

Ftf_logoSupported by the British Mountaineering Council’s Access & Conservation Trust,
a Fix the Fells path project was recently working on Scafell Pike. The aim of
the £4,200 ACT-funded project was to carry out much-needed path and cairn maintenance.

A ranger team from West Lakes National Trust,
accompanied by a group of hard-working volunteers, worked over three days and
nights to remove a number of misleading cairns and landscape the path edge.
This will help to keep walkers on the right path to the summit and protect the
surrounding fragile landscape.

Tanya Oliver, Fix the Fells programme manager,
said: “We were delighted to receive this money from the BMC's Access &
Conservation Trust and to work with them on this project. Undertaking this type
of remedial work reduces erosion to ensure future generations can continue to
enjoy climbing England's highest mountain.”

Who are the BMC and ACT?

9229325940_b85cda9ef8_mThe BMC
is the national representative body for
climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales. Established by
the BMC, the Access &
Conservation Trust (ACT) is a charitable trust that works to promote
sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside through education
and conservation projects.

Other BMC backed projects

The Three Peaks Project: In
2010, the ACT teamed up with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to
support to help to maintain the important and popular footpath on the steep
slopes of Ingleborough. Repairs took
place to the steep stone steps at High Lot on the path up to the summit from
Chapel le Dale. The area is visited by about 250,000 people each year and heavy
use combined with the steepness had resulted in steps slumping over and the
path becoming difficult to use.

Chee Dale boardwalk:The
boardwalk constructed at Chee Dale Nature Reserve near Buxton in the Wye Valley
is proving useful for walkers and climbers alike. During 2011-12, ACT
awarded £860 to help fund materials for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust project
to improve access and protect vegetation.

Black Mountain path erosion
: In 2011, ACT put £3,000 towards a big project by the Brecon Beacons
National Park Authority to control erosion on the path at Bwlch Blaen Twrch on
the Black Mountain. This is a popular path that forms part of the Beacons Way.

Restoring Roaches routeways: Some of
the main paths at the Roaches in Staffordshire are next in line to benefit from
ACT funding. ACT has awarded £5,000 for the proposed restoration work by
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust who took on the Roaches Estate earlier this year.
Badly needed footpath repair work is set to be carried out around the popular
climbing areas.

BMC on Foot: This is an awareness campaign by BMC and part of the Britain on Foot campaign led by the Outdoor Industries Association
to encourage more people in Britain to access the health benefits of being
active outdoors. See or follow
@BritainonFoot on Twitter.

How to get involved with the ACT

The BMC Access & Conservation Trust (ACT) is a
charitable trust and relies on generous donations to carry out its work.

Tell us about any conservation volunteering work you have done in the great outdoors.

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