Volunteers help with the Three Peaks Clean-up
24 Fix the Fells volunteers headed up to Scafell Pike as part of a 3-Peak clean-up challenge in April. In total they cleared 25 miles of path from all the routes from Borrowdale and Wasdale to the summit of Scafell Pike.
Other volunteer were doing the same on Ben Nevis and Snowdon as part of a united 3-Peaks effort. Here is what happened from the persepctive of one of our volunteers.....
Sometimes, the day, the work and the weather come together in just the right way. It was mid-April and we were heading for our highest peak – Scafell Pike. Plans had been made to do drain runs on all the footpaths leading to the summit in readiness for the 3 peaks challenge season. Others would be working on Ben Nevis and Snowdon.
Staff and volunteers started the day either in Borrowdale or Wasdale. A slight frost turned quickly to a warm and sunny day as we headed out of the valleys. With shovels and brushes my group left Seathwaite and went up Grains Gill to Esk Hause. Drains that had been cleared about a month ago were not too bad but higher up on a section we had not done recently they were full and small stones were rapidly covering the pitching.
Into Calf Cove, we collected rubbish from around the cross shaped shelter. Nearby a few patches of snow were left after the winter, a great attraction to children – and those not so young. It was then over the boulders and up the last steep and rough slope to the top. It was a welcome sight but buzzing with crowds of visitors.
Groups arrived from routes up Piers Gill, Sty Head, Brown Tongue, Hollowstones and the Corridor route. Amazingly there were over 40 of us up there but we hardly stood out from the crowds there who - like us- were happily having lunch in the sun, chatting and taking photos.
On the summit
A great day, and masses of work done on miles of footpaths.