Case Study - Mickledore

Location: 
On the approach up to Scafell Pike. Grid ref: NY205071

Legal status: 
Public footpath

Path use: 
Very busy path providing access to Scafell Pike and crags popular with climbers

Historic interest:
The path has been a popular route to Scafell Pike for many years and is mentioned in many of the early guide books

The problem:
The area is naturally very wet with high rainfall and occasional flash floods. The path is on the North side of the col between Scafell and Scafell Pike and so is often shaded. This, combined with large numbers of people using the path over the years, has led to a 300m long erosion scar. Repair work was carried out in the early 1990s but has now been buried under mobile scree.

Repair techniques:
Re-align the path on a more user-friendly route using stone pitching. Carry out extensive work to improve drainage. Re-vegetate the erosion scar.

Materials needed:
300 bags of stone. The majority of this will be recycled from the previous pitched path. Some additional stone may be helicoptered in from nearby. The scar will be revegetated using material from the line of the new path and some seed.

Path workers: 
Western team

Estimated man days: 
500

Cost: 
£75,000

Timescales: 
The work will took place between 2011 and 2012

Photo Gallery:

Mickledore fixed path

Photo: Mickledore path

Mickledore path
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