|Rainbow seen from Glenamara Park|
The path is a popular route up to St. Sunday Crag and had stone pitching put in by volunteers about eight years ago. In most places the path is holding up well, but there were some places where it had become eroded, so we replaced stones and landscaped out the eroded places with the hope that people will continue to want to follow the path. The weather was a touch mixed, but as you can see from the photo, that just added a few rainbows to our already beautiful view. You can also see the pitching (step-like stone path) in the foreground.
> We have had a couple of scorchingly hot work days with the Fix the Fells volunteer lengthsmen. The first was on a popular route route up Coniston Old Man near the ruins of a former slate quarry. We were using a technique that was used to create a hard-wearing but smooth path surface for dragging massive pieces of slate down from the quarries on sledges! Slates are laid so that their narrowest edge forms the path surface. As you can imagine this is a long term project as you don't get many metres of path laid in a day.
|Creating a slate path on the Old Man|
The second lengthsmen work party was high on Helvellyn near Red Tarn. A subsoil path had been created using a digger about 12 years ago and some stone drains put in at the same time had collapsed and were no longer effectively shedding water from the path. Water erosion soon creates gullies and makes the surface unattractive for people to walk on, so our task was to fix the drains. The drains run across the path and have two parallel stone sides and should have a flat stone base. Many of the drains near Red Tarn had no bases at all and that's likely to be the reason why they collapsed as the base helps to hold the sides apart. We scavenged stone from the hillside to put new bases in. We had a great view of Striding Edge and the summit of Helvellyn and were grateful that there was some water around to help us keep cool!
|Lengthsmen repairing drains on Helvellyn|
|Helicopter flying sheep fleeces to Mart Crag moor|
|Panorama from Red Pike (Buttermere)|