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30 May 2019, 08:14
A much-loved Lakes footpath will get fixed up, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
£13,000 has been raised by walkers and local businesses for repairs to the Ullswater Way.
The 20-mile route was only created in the wake of Storm Desmond - but it's so popular it needs a little TLC before the busy summer season.
Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are passionate about caring for this beautiful national park and are absolutely thrilled businesses, locals and visitors all share that passion with us. Together, we’ve raised nearly £13,000 for the ‘LDF Ullswater Way Fund’ over the last couple of months, thank you to all those who get involved and donated.”
Martin Jones, Ullwater Way Crowdfunder Donor said: “We enjoy walking the wonderful Ullswater way. It's great that those footpaths are available free of charge. It's good to have this opportunity to recognise their value to us.”
Chris Tomlin, Park Management Team Leader with the Lake District National Park, said: “We’re delighted that such a fantastic amount has been raised through the Lake District Foundation’s crowdfunding initiative and other fundraising activities. Each and every donation is very gratefully received and will go towards ensuring we keep beautiful Ullswater special.”
The money raised through this crowdfunding appeal will allow work to be carried out by the Lake District National Park ranger team and volunteers to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and to ensure the path is litter-free.