Yewbarrow's position is prominent in Wasdale

Yewbarrow's position is prominent in Wasdale

A badly eroded path up a prominent Lakeland fell has been repaired thanks to a grant from a conservation charity.

Volunteers and staff from the Fix the Fells partnership carried out the work on Yewbarrow in Wasdale, where soil was eroding and affecting water quality in the valley’s rivers.

Friends of the Lake District provided £7,000 for the work, which included stabilising the sides of the path and installing drainage. Parts of the path have been stone pitched to provide a good walking surface and giving a chance for the surrounding scree to re-vegetate.

The repaired Yewbarrow path

The repaired Yewbarrow path

Judith Moore, Friends of the Lake District’s policy officer said: “We cannot sit back and watch erosion scars on the Lakeland fells get worse and worse.

“The Fix the Fells path work is of the highest quality using local materials and skilled people.

“Repairing the very prominent Yewbarrow path is a major plus for both walkers and the landscape.”

Tanya Oliver, programme manager for Fix the Fells, said: ‘The Friends’ grant helped us pay for the expensive helicopter lifting of the stone for the path works.

“We have received fantastic feedback from people using the newly restored Yewbarrow path.

The Fix the Fells programme is a partnership of the National Trust, Lake District National Park, Friends of the Lake District, Natural England, Cumbria County Council and Nurture Lakeland.

The Friends' grant helped pay for the helicopter airlift

The Friends' grant helped pay for the helicopter airlift

Its aim is to repair and maintain the upland paths to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

More than 200 paths have been repaired in the past 10 years with the help of Heritage Lottery funding and grants from Friends of the Lake District and other organisations.

The organisation said it aims to repair another 120 paths over the next 10 years, as well as maintaining those already repaired.

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