Project information

Fix the Fells

Fix the Fells is a partnership programme that exists to protect the spectacular Lake District fells from erosion by maintaining and repairing upland paths


Charity information: Lake District Foundation

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  • Need


    The spectacular Lake District landscape is a paradise for walkers attracting 17 million visitors each year. But 17 million pairs of booted feet are not without their impact. In fact they leave a significant imprint on the magnificent, yet surprisingly fragile mountain environment.

    Erosion caused by feet (and rain!) leads to large scars developing in the landscape. Eroded paths are not only unsightly, they also lead to habitat loss, water pollution and damage to rare species in the area.


    Skilled craftsmen and hundreds of volunteers carry out essential repair work to rebuild and maintain the most badly eroded footpaths. These teams work tirelessly, in all weather conditions, to re-pitch paths, encourage vegetation growth and re-landscape erosion.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Repair damaged footpaths in the Lake District to halt erosion and prevent further damage


    » Employ team of highly-skilled specialist footpath workers. These specialists have developed world-renowned techniques for creating sustainable paths.
    » Source naturally occurring stone and transport to footpath repair sites. Our staff are experts in the sensitive collection of local materials.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the stabilisation of erosion and completion of repairs of 100s of paths

    Aim 2

    Train and support a team of volunteers to carry out vital ongoing path maintenance work.


    » Provide volunteer co-ordination and support including technical training.
    » Provide and maintain equipment and oversee health and safety so that volunteers can carry out regular drain checks and respond to incidents.

    What success will look like

    Success will be repaired and maintained paths protecting local habitats and improving access for walkers.

  • Impact


    We hope to bring long term changes by reduction in soil erosion and protection of upland habitats, and reducing sedimentation in lakes and rivers and improving water quality. There will be improved landscape access for the wider public and while creating sustainable uplands on which the tourism economy of the area relies.

    We will demonstrate success by creating an improved path network, sustainably repaired to enhance our spectacular Lakeland fells and maintained by our volunteers.


    A risk to the project is that we are unable to raise sufficient funds, leading to a reduction in the amount of work achievable or extended timescales. We aim to mitigate this risk by retaining a variety of funding sources, increasing public engagement and awareness, and developing our private sector and public fundraising opportunities.


    We will report to donors through quarterly monitoring reports, e-newsletters and project updates on our blog and website. We will report to the public through our website and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £350,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250,000 Specialist lengthmen Annual staffing and training of skilled and experienced craftsmen to carry out path repairs.
      £50,000 Helicopter lift Annual cost of helicopter hire to airlift stone onto sites.
      £20,000 Volunteer support Annual cost to coordinate and support a team of dedicated volunteers including tools and expenses.
      £30,000 Staff tools and equiment Including materials and grass seed.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donations and legacies £140,000 Guaranteed
    Lake District Foundation Fundraising Activity £32,500 Guaranteed
    Lake District National Park Authority £35,000 Guaranteed
    Other grants £122,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Fix the Fells operates in the Lake District, which has a population of just 40,000 but 17 million visitors every year come to enjoy the spectacular landscape, heritage and culture of the area. These visitors are vital to the local economy and it is essential that we protect and maintain the resource (the landscape) which supports the livelihoods of rural communities in the Lake District


    Beneficiaries of the project include all those who live, work in or visit the Lake District. By stabilising erosion on the fells the project will have a positive impact on wider landscape and environment, and will support the tourism economy on which local communities rely.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Lake District Foundation is a unique, award-winning organisation inspiring people to care for and contribute to the natural environment of the Lake District and Cumbria. We fundraise for landscape and environmental projects that contribute towards maintaining a prosperous economy, vibrant communities and a spectacular landscape.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Fox And All The Rangers

    The Fix the Fells Rangers have a wealth of experience in upland footpath repair management.

    The Lake District Foundation

    The Lake District Foundation help to fundraise for and raise awareness of Fix the Fells within the tourism industry.

    Barry Capp And All Volunteer Lengthsmen

    Barry has 7 years experience working with, inspiring others and coordinating delivery of Fix the Fells work on the ground work.


will help maintain the tools for a team of 10 volunteers for a year.