The end of the "summer" is nigh...

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 Another stretch of the Brown Tongue motorway has been succesfully widened, landscaped and improved, turning this...

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into this...

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Once again most of the small, hand collected river cobbles have been replaced by larger blocks, helicoptered in and laid in a wider, flatter arrangement.

 It is becoming noticeable that the "season" for three-peaks events is extending into September and October, with only a partial decrease in the numbers struggling up and down the hill, so the need to continue the yearly upgrade of the path, despite the limited supply of stone will continue for a few years yet.

 Not wishing to allow other causes of concern in our area to be neglected we found time in mid september to tackle a short stretch of path above Esk Hause which was in need of attention.

The route towards Scafell Pike at Calf Cove was becoming a wide sprawl of gravel and mud in places, so we spent a week rearranging gravel, soil and turf into a more contained and sustainable form...

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After a week of extreme gardening it now looks like this..

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 The process of disposing of excess gravel may look to the uninitiated as if we are burying someone, and inevitably we occasionally have to point out that we are not gravediggers...

 

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After finishing this sojourn to the very edge of our western range we returned to Wasdale to host another FTF volunteer residential weekend at the end of september, tackling problems of shortcutting on the path to Lingmell Col en route to Scafell Pike summit...

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here two FTFers are landscaping away the beginnings of a short cut at a corner of the gently zig-zagging path, rearranging soil and turf into a naturally hummocky looking hillside, removing the temptation to stray from the path.

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Looking from above on the nearly finished corner the "humps and hollows" technique has created a randomly uneven terrain, uninviting to walk on, and when completely turfed over blending with the naturally rough slopes of the hill.

 

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