Project information

Fix the Fells

Fix the Fells is a partnership between the Lake District National Park, National Trust, Natural England, Nurture Lakeland, Friends of the Lake District & Cumbria County Council - repairing & maintaining upland paths in the stunning Lake District, to improve access, promote education & understanding.


Charity information

Nurture Lakeland

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  • Need


    The spectacular Lake District landscape is a paradise for walkers attracting 10 million visitors each year. But 10 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. Community engagement and education of those who use the upland fells is also a vital strand of the project to ensure long-term sustainability of uplands promoting access for all.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Repair serious erosion on Old Man of Coniston, a hugely popular fell in the Lake District.


    » Employ team of skilled footpath workers.
    » Source naturally occurring stone and fly to site.

    Success will be...stabilisation of erosion and completion of repairs with ongoing maintenance work undertaken by volunteers.

    Aim 2

    Support the work of a team of 60 trained volunteer lengthsmen to work alongside the path teams.


    » Provide volunteer co-ordination and support.
    » Provide equipment and oversee health and safety.

    Success will be... a repaired path protecting the peat soils and improving access for walkers.

  • Impact


    Reduction in erosion, sedimentation to lakes & rivers and protection of biodiversity. Improved landscape access for the wider public. More sustainable uplands on which the tourism economy of the area relies .

    We will demonstrate success by repairing these popular but seriously eroded path leading to improved access. We will work with partner organisiations to monitor the reduction in levels of soil erosion and sedimentation in to our lakes.


    Risk: Management causing delays in project. Mitigation: Good communications & shared knowledge Risk: Unable to raise sufficient funds leading to reduction in the amount of work achievable or extended timescale. Mitigation: Retain variety of funding sources to spread risk, greater public engagement & awareness of project for private sector & public fundraising opportunity.


    We will report to major donors through quarterly monitoring reports and to smaller donors through monthly e-newsletters and quarterly project updates. We will report to the public through our website and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £41,250

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      Amount Heading Description
      £33,250 Craftsmen & volunteer costs Employment of local skilled craftsmen to carry out specialised path repairs
      £8,000 Helicopter lift Cost of helicopter time to airlift stone onto site

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    National Trust £23,250 Guaranteed
    Lake District National Park £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Lake District has a population of just 40,000 but 15 million visitors come to the area every year to enjoy the spectacular landscape, heritage and culture of the area. These visitors are vital to the local economy and it is therefore 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 environmental issues and will support the tourism economy on which local communities rely.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Nurture Lakeland is a unique, award-winning organisation inspiring people to care for Cumbria’s natural environment through responsible tourism. We fundraise for landscape & environmental projects, & support & promote sustainable tourism practices. We have a proven track-record in delivering innovative projects supporting sustainable & responsible tourism initiatives that contribute towards maintaining a prosperous economy, vibrant communities and a spectacular landscape.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Fox

    Fix the Fells Ranger for Lake District National Park - wealth of experience in project management.

    Karen Mitchell

    Director Nurture Lakeland

    Barry Capp

    Volunteer lengsthman - 6 years experience & dedication working with, inspiring others & co-ordinating delivery of on the ground work with the project

Fix the Fells


will pay for one metre of footpath to be repaired.