We have been challenged by the BMC to raise over £200,000 as part of their Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million fundraising campaign. The money raised will help us to repair two iconic pathways – the Great Ridge at Castleton and Cut Gate bridleway. We’re well on the way to achieving this ambitious target, but we need your help. We have asked our staff, partners and supporters, in fact anyone who loves the Peak District National Park, to help by taking on their own fundraising challenge. We have been thrilled by the response.
Here are the stories of just a few of our Fundraising Heroes.
Amelie and Charlotte’s Ride London Challenge
Six year old Amelie and her cousin Charlotte raised a whopping £163 for Mend Our Mountains by cycling 24 miles on a triplet push bike as part of the London FreeCycle event.
Great Peak District Birthday Bake Off
Peak District National Park Authority staff raised £155 with a birthday bake off to celebrate the anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
A team from the Moors for the Future partnership braved this summer’s heatwave to take part in the Dambuster 10 mile run. They raised £180 from sponsorship and were thrilled to have this amount doubled by event organisers Peak Runners to donate £360 towards Cut Gate.
Steel Valley Ride
90 riders took part in the Steel Valley Ride, a 31 mile mountain bike challenge covering the dramatic landscape of the Peak District. They raised £468 for Cut Gate.
British Heart Foundation Peak District MTB Challenge 2018
Jason Budd’s Cut Gate Challenge
Jason cycled from the Dales Bike Centre in Reeth to Cafe Adventure in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire. He completed the route using as many bridleways as possible calling by the MTB advocacy areas of Hebden Bridge (Ride Calderdale), Marsden (Ride Kirklees) and finishing off in Hope (Peak District MTB). Jason had no accommodation booked en-route, no support vehicle, just him, his bike, and bikepacking kit. So far he has raised £600 towards repairs on the Cut Gate bridleway.
The Oglesby Charitable Trust
The Oglesby Charitable Trust has granted £40,000 to the Mend Our Mountains campaign for path repairs to the Great Ridge. The Trust supports projects which have a positive social and environmental impact in the north west of England. Chair of trustees Michael Oglesby CBE DL said: “The Oglesby Charitable Trust has a deep commitment to enhancing and protecting our environment for all communities to enjoy, now and in the future. I am delighted to support this project not only as part of our grant making commitment to environmental projects in the region, but also because of my own family's enjoyment of this area and desire to see the site preserved for future generations.”
Biking the Boundary
Jim Thomason and Mark Anderson completed an epic 380km bike ride around the entire Peak District National Park boundary. They raised a whopping £550 to help repair Cut Gate bridleway as part of the Mend Our Mountains campaign.
Organised by Peak Horsepower, 33 riders took to the bridleways and lanes around Tideswell, Litton and Wormhill on 16th September and raised a brilliant £250.00 for the Mend Our Mountains campaign to repair the Cut Gate bridleway. This bridleway across the moors between the Derwent and Langsett reservoirs, is part of Peak Horsepower's 70 mile long-distance horse ride the Kinder Loop.
Richard Duckworth's Dirty Dozen
Richard completed an epic challenge to walk the 13 Mend Our Mountains ‘primary project’ paths. This included the two Peak District National Park routes – Great Ridge and Cut Gate bridleway. So far he has raised nearly £2,000 for Mend Our Mountains. For more information visit his Just Giving site here.
Our local horse riding community has come together to help us reach our £70,000 target for repairs on the Cut Gate bridleway. Peak Horse Power has secured a grant of £7,500 from the British Horse Society's Paths for Communities Fund towards the project. A donation of £75 from the Matlock & District Bridleways and Access Group was warmly received.
Derbyshire Horse and Pony Society have also very kindly donated £750 in memory of Alf Harrop "who worked so long and hard to improve access and bridleways throughout the Peak District.”
Mark Weston, director of access for The British Horse Society, said: "Our Paths for Communities Scheme was designed to help provide safe off road opportunities for equestrians across the country. Access for riders is a vital part of the BHS’s work and allows for the continued growth of the equine industry and we’re delighted to have been able to grant £7500 to the Cut Gate bridleway, helping to secure future access for riders, cyclists and walkers within the Peak District National Park."