When will spring arrive?
After one week of weather that seemed like spring was just around the corner, the rest of the month, has seen winter return.
Spring time (or should I say late winter) is always a busy time of year. Often bag filling for the years projects take up a lot of our time. This was the plan at the beginning of the month, however with the adverse weather conditions this has made it incredibly hard. One of our jobs in particular, which is putting in some much needed drains on the digger path that leads up to Red tarn, on the way to the summit of Helvellyn, has been covered in snow for the majority of the month. We tried to have a look at the path a couple of weeks ago, but had to turn back, because we where up to our knees in snow.
A snowy day on Helvellyn.
Luckily this project isn’t our only job for the year. We are also continuing work on Helm Crag, re-instating a path that has been lost to a bog on Gowbarrow in Ullswater and re-directing a path that is in danger of falling out at Miresbeck, also in Ullswater. These paths are all lower down from the Red tarn job, so we have been lucky enough to fill these bags between the snow storms.
The Miresbeck path almost falling out.
March has also seen our first Fix the Fells residential. This is a weekend work party where volunteers that may have to travel slightly further get the opportunity to come and do a full weekends work with the team, whilst having the chance to use the facilities and stay over at Basecamp on Saturday night.
Although the forecast was for snow and a bitterly cold easterly wind we had a good turn out on the Saturday. Our intrepid volunteers battled through the snow storms to continue the sub soil path on Helm Crag that had been started last year with our Acorn Camp.
Some excellent progress made on day one.
Unfortunately the second day fell on mothering Sunday so our numbers dropped of slightly, but we still managed to get a good amount completed. It was an excellent weekend and thoroughly rewarding for the volunteers to see their progress throughout the two days
Some hard graft going on even with the snow.
During March the footpath team have also been getting on with the woodland path at Allan Bank, which is now completed and open to the public, so feel free to drop in.
The path is now completed all the way around the woodland.
As well as this we have also been re-instating a revetment at Cockshott point in Bowness. The sun even managed to show its face a few times!!
Getting the levels right.