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Hill walkers light the way on the Great Ridge for Mend Our Mountains appeal

Thursday 24 May 2018

The Great Ridge between Castleton and Edale, lit by 600 head torches to raise funds for path repairs. Photo credit: Tim McNally.Hill walkers wearing head torches have taken part in a special event this week that lit up the Hope Valley skyline along the Great Ridge in the Peak District National Park.

Some 600 volunteers formed a continuous two mile-long trail and the effect of all the head torches illuminated the sweeping curve of the Great Ridge.

The Great Ridge Light Night was organised by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and the Camping and Caravanning Club, supported by staff from the Peak District National Park Authority, to promote the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal which is raising £1million to repair routes in Britain’s National Parks.

Two of the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million projects are in the Peak District National Park – these are the Great Ridge, where the event took place, and the Cut Gate bridleway between Langsett and Howden Reservoirs.

Photographs of this unique event are now for sale to boost the appeal and are available on the BMC’s online shop.

The photographs help highlight the importance of protecting routes and aim to encourage more people to discover amazing outdoor places during National Camping and Caravanning Week (May 28 to June 3).

Find out more about the Mend our Mountains : Make One Million campaign by visiting http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/

Picture caption: The Great Ridge between Castleton and Edale, lit by 600 head torches to raise funds for path repairs. Photo credit: Tim McNally.

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