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Walkers urged to vote for £8,000 Scafell Pike footpath repair boost in online poll

The Scafells - winter dawn ©Terry Abraham
The Scafells – winter dawn ©Terry Abraham

[S]cafell Pike is in line for an £8,000 funding boost for vital upland path repair work – if it wins a community vote.

A project to repair the Brown Tongue path on England’s highest mountain has been named as a finalist in the Cumbria-based Community Choices funding competition.

The ‘Save Scafell Pike’ project, submitted by conservation charity Nurture Lakeland in partnership with Fix the Fells, is appealing to walkers for their votes.

Sarah Dale, acting director of Nurture Lakeland, said: “Scafell Pike is one of England’s most iconic mountains and it is much-loved by locals and tourists alike.

“But sadly the pounding of thousands of pairs of hiking boots every year has eroded the mountain, leaving behind ugly scars and deep gullies. It is in dire need of repair.

“We are calling on all hillwalkers and lovers of the Lake District to back our project and vote for us now – we need your help to make a positive difference to this stunning mountain landscape.”

Members of the public can vote up to 10 times at www.decidingtogether.org until Sunday, March 26, after which the winning projects will be announced.

The ‘Save Scafell Pike’ project, if successful, will use the £8,000 grant to transport stone materials to the site by helicopter and then rebuild the path, fix drains and re-landscape erosion.

For more details visit www.nurturelakeland.org or www.fixthefells.co.uk.

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