Following a fantastic fundraising effort two popular and heavily eroded routes in the Peak District National Park will be repaired thanks to £175,000 from the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign.
A kilometre-long stretch of the Great Ridge footpath, between Mam Tor and Lose Hill, and various boggy sections of Cut Gate, on the Derwent Moors will benefit.
The campaign was a collaboration between the BMC and UK National Parks to raise £1 million for vital path repairs across the nation’s best-loved upland routes. Carey Davies Mend Our Mountains campaign lead at the BMC, said: "The support for the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign has been phenomenal. This has been a collective effort and I can’t thank everyone enough for the support and enthusiasm that has been given to this ambitious, unprecedented project."
Here in the Peak District Mend Our Mountains has been a team effort and a perfect example of advocacy in action. User groups and advocacy organisations including Peak District MTB, Ride Sheffield, Peak Horse Power and Keeper of the Peak helped galvanise public support and demonstrate how we can all work together to protect the places we enjoy.
Large donations were received from the Oglesby Trust, South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers, and the British Horse Society’s Paths for Communities Fund. Partners including East Peak Innovation Partnership, the Sheffield Lakeland Partnership, and Sheffield Wildlife Trust have supplied key funding and a public vote secured a grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
Other significant funding was raised by mountain bikers, horse riders, and people who enjoy these routes who donated, organised events or took part in crowdfunding. We ran, cycled, rode and ate cake for our National Park. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to all our supporters who have donated and supported our Mend Our Mountains campaign. Including:
- The Oglesby Trust
- South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers (SYNED)
- Sheffield Wildlife Trust via Sheffield Lakeland Partnership
- Sheffield City Council
- East Peak Innovation Partnership
- Mrs Cubison in memory of Richard Cubison
- PDNPA staff
- MFF staff
- Riders at the 2018 Steel Valley Ride
- Jason Budd
- Richard Duckworth
- Jim Thomason and Mark Anderson
- Chrissy Francis
- British Horse Society's Paths for Communities Fund
- Derbyshire Horse and Pony Society in memory of Alf Harrop
- Matlock & District Bridleways and Access Group
- Losehill House Hotel & Spa
- Poole's Cavern Country Park
- Blueberry Foods
- Chatsworth House
- 18 Bikes
- Treak Cliff Cavern
- Trafford Walkers
- Many individual donors.
A special thanks to the following organisations who have given time, support, and expertise to help us to Mend Our Mountains:
- Peak District MTB
- Ride Sheffield
- Peak Horsepower
- Keeper of the Peak
- The Outdoor City