£15k Raised To Fix Up Scafell Pike

1 November 2018, 10:44 | Updated: 1 November 2018, 10:46

Erosion up Scafell Pike

£15,000 has been raised to help fix up the paths on England's highest mountain.

It's been crowdfunded and will be used to future-proof the well-trodden routes up and down Scafell Pike.

The campaign won the support of world-renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, who said: “Everybody should be able to enjoy the stunning fells of the Lake District, but it’s vital that enjoyment doesn’t come at a cost to the fells themselves. Scafell Pike stands proudly as England’s highest mountain and understandably attracts thousands of people every year who want to add it to their list of outdoor achievements. While erosion makes getting to the top of any mountain more problematic, it can also result in people leaving the pathways and causing further damage. It is therefore correct for charities like the Lake District Foundation to raise the profile of the issue.”

Lake District Foundation Director Sarah Swindley said: “We’ve been blown away with the total amount raised for the Mend the Lake District Scafell Pike Crowdfunding campaign, part of the Mend our Mountain initiative. It’s absolutely fantastic to see so much support from those who pledged and businesses who provided rewards, thank you! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with BMC and the other National Parks for a superb cause.”