The charity has to use traditional materials in the restoration of Greg's Hut

The charity has to use traditional materials in the restoration of Greg's Hut

A popular shelter on the slopes of the Pennines’ highest peak will be out of use for two months this summer.

Greg’s Hut will be closed while major refurbishment takes place on the building, the Mountain Bothies Association said.

The hut lies close to the summit of Cross Fell, on the route of the Pennine Way. It will be closed during June and July while work is undertaken.

The charity which, along with Greg’s Hut Association, cares for the shelter, said: “Winter storms have taken their toll on the fabric of the building, which is now in a very poor state and is in urgent need of repair.

“The work required is extensive. The roof, built using traditional Cumbrian heavyweight stone slabs, needs to be removed and replaced. Masonry walls, both internal and external, require to be rebuilt. Gutters and windows need replacing. Internal and external joinery work is required and drainage around the building needs to be improved.”

The MBA has launched an appeal for the estimated £100,000 cost of the refurbishment.

Donations can be made through the association’s website or by cheque or postal order payable to Mountain Bothies Association Greg’s Hut Appeal and sent to its registered office at Henderson, Black and Co, Edenbank House, 22 Crossgate, Cupar, KY15 5HW.

Greg’s Hut is a small stone cottage built in the 19th century and situated almost 700m (2,297ft) above sea level, close to the summit of Cross Fell. It was originally built to house workers from a nearby lead mine and was renovated in 1968 as an open shelter in memory of local climber John Gregory who died in a mountaineering accident.

The MBA currently maintains 103 bothies and two emergency shelters: 84 in Scotland, 12 in northern England and nine in Wales, which are free to use by outdoor enthusiasts seeking a night’s shelter.

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