Lake District (Scafell Pike)

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and a unique memorial to the fallen heroes of the First World War. But with weather worsening and visitor numbers at an all-time high, its paths are being eroded faster than they can be repaired.

The mountain

Scafell Pike is England’s highest peak, an iconic mountain – a magnet for walkers, climbers, challenge participants and tourists. And for almost a century it has been a unique war memorial for the nation – gifted to the National Trust after the end of the First World War as a special place to remember fallen heroes. The centenary of the end of the war in 2018 marks a poignant anniversary.

The mountain is a much-loved place. But the sheer numbers of visitors, along with severe weather events, are putting the mountain under increasing pressure. Erosion is a constant problem. As the path grows wider, soil washes away and the fragile mountain habitat is damaged.

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The problem

Work on Scafell Pike and other Lake District mountains has been ongoing since the devastating floods in 2015. By donating here you will help to continue and strengthen that work. It takes a long time, and a lot of money, to repair even small sections of path on Scafell Pike – airlifts, ranger costs, volunteer hours and hazardous access make even minor improvements a big undertaking.

To make matters more complicated, Scafell Pike is pounded by thousands of extra feet as a result of the National Three Peaks challenge, with 24 hour use throughout the summer months. This has led to an alarming situation where paths are being damaged and eroded significantly faster than they can be fixed.

The solution

The task of keeping the Lake District’s paths in good shape falls to footpath repair partnership Fix the Fells, who rely entirely on grants and donations to do their work. The money raised in this campaign will be used to stone-pitch new sections of various paths (e.g. Brown Tongue and Hollow Stones routes) on the way to the top of Scafell Pike, where the summit cairn will also be rebuilt.

The work will not only improve the quality of the path and the ease of access on Scafell Pike, it will also have a positive conservation and ecological impact, ensuring proper drainage and protecting vital ecosystems and habitats nearby. If we can raise the money needed, the path and its users will benefit for generations to come.

Photo: Terry Abraham

This is how you can help. Donate to Mend Our Mountains and help us preserve the beauty and serenity of Scafell Pike for the next 100 years. Your donations will help us to carry out much-needed repair work and restore the natural beauty of England’s highest mountain.

Donate here to help us raise £100,000 for Scafell Pike. You can make a donation of any size – choose ‘Donate what you want’ – or select one of the other amounts. If you want to donate directly to the National Appeal, you can do so here.

All online donations are currently via PayPal – if you would prefer not to use this method or would like to make a large donation (£500~), please contact the team directly on mendourmountains@thebmc.co.uk. All money raised goes via the BMC’s charity, the Access and Conservation Trust.

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Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a call to action to everyone who values the hills, mountains and landscapes of Britain. It aims to galvanise mass support for things we all use: the paths, bridleways and bridges which underpin our experiences in the great outdoors. Through a year-long appeal we aim to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks. Navigate our website to find out more.
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