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National Walking Month

Working Together To Mend Our Mountains

The British Mountaineering Council’s projects funded by you

Last year, together we raised almost £35,000 for the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Mend Our Mountains campaign through the micro-donation charity Pennies.

Between April and June 2023, every Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock and Runners Need customer was given the chance to add a small donation to their purchase.


Now, the BMC have announced six new Mend Our Mountains projects across England and Wales for 2024, using this funding and more from the BMC’s Access and Conservation Trust charity (ACT).  


We'd like to thank all supporters and volunteers for making vital work like this possible. Keep reading to learn more about what's happening this year because of your donations, including volunteering events you can get involved with.  

What’s Mend Our Mountains?

Mend Our Mountains (MOM) is a campaign that's raised a total of £1.4 million since its creation in 2016 to repair Britain’s hills and mountains. Since then, over 50 miles of fragile footpath have been restored, allowing future generations to explore freely 544 miles of upland repaired – the equivalent length of over 67,000 double-decker buses!

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Senior Policy and Campaigns Manager Cath Flitcroft says,


We’re thrilled to announce the six recipients of this year’s Mend Our Mountains funding. All are incredibly important projects run by dedicated and highly-skilled staff members and volunteers. They include funding an Access Officer for the Cotswolds AONB; funding a Fix the Fells ranger in the Lake District; restoring paths on Roseberry Topping in the North York Moors; fixing and making the footpath to Chanctonbury Ring in the South Downs more accessible; the replacement of Cressbrook Mill footbridge in the Peak District and many Get Stuck In volunteering opportunities with the National Trust in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Peak District.

1. Chanctonbury Ring Path Improvements

Chanctonbury Ring is an incredible prehistoric fort steeped in local folklore at the top of Chanctonbury Hill on the South Downs, West Sussex.


Legend has it that if you run seven times around the Ring naked on a moonless night you summon the devil who will offer you a bowl of soup, milk or porridge. In reality, the only devilish thing is the track leading up to the Chanctonbury Ring which has been badly eroded into deep ruts, making it difficult for people to access this historical site.


This year MOM funding will go towards repairing 800m of track and drainage ditches using local chalk and flint, keeping in line with the surrounding character of the area.

A collage of people running in the city and on trails

Credit: Tim Kahane

2. Cressbrook Mill Footbridge Replacement

The 20m (60ft) footbridge across the River Wye connecting the hugely popular Monsal Trail with the charmingly named Water-Cum-Jolly Dale is in dire need of replacement.  


This picturesque hiking and climbing spot is where you’ll find Let the Tribe Increase on Rubicon Wall, BMC ambassador Steve McClure's 1000th 8a climb.  


The bridge was declared unsafe and closed in 2020. Along with Farming In Protected Landscapes (FiPL) funding, MOM will provide additional funds to replace the bridge to maintain this popular access point for local communities and visitors.

A picture of a broken bridge and a cliff

3. Fix The Fells

Fix the Fells is a path repair conservation programme created to protect paths in the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site from erosion through regular repair and maintenance work and donations.  


For 2024, MOM will fund a Fix the Fells ranger for a year. The rangers work for the National Trust and are highly skilled in path restoration in tune with the natural landscape. They lead teams of volunteers from Cumbria and beyond in all weathers up into the mountains to restore and improve damaged footpaths. Want to help out? Join them here.

A collage of people running in the city and on trails

Credit: Steve Charles

4. Roseberry Topping Pathway Restoration

This iconic, mini-Matterhorn-shaped hill in North Yorkshire is a much-loved landmark in the Tees Valley area. As such, the 320m summit sees plenty of footfall and suffers from significant path erosion. Currently, there are 10 areas of path around and to the top of Roseberry Topping that are in dire need of repair.


In 2024, MOM funding will go towards all of these sections of eroded footpath, so hill walkers can enjoy this miniature mountain safely.

A collage of people running in the city and on trails

Credit: Summonedbyfells_Flickr

5. Cotswolds AONB Access Officer

The 800 square mile Cotswolds AONB receives 37 million day visits a year, making MOM funding vital in ensuring safe passage for everyone who enjoys this protected area.  


For 2024, MOM will fund Nina Stubbington for one year in the role of Grants and Access Officer for Cotswold Natural Landscape. Originally from Bournemouth and with a background in retail, Nina has been their Grants and Outreach Officer for the past year thanks to the New to Nature scheme run by Groundwork.  


In her new role starting this April, Nina will be allocating the DEFRA ‘Removing Barriers’ funding of £254,000 for work that will improve access in the Cotswolds and make this protected landscape more accessible to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  


Other work coordinated by Nina’s line manager, Access and Volunteer Lead Becky Jones, will include widening and resurfacing paths for multi-user use, gate replacement, more seating, accessible signage and visitor information, and disabled toilet facilities.

A collage of people volunteering in the countryside

6. More Volunteering Opportunities With Get Stuck In

If you’d like to get involved directly in MOM projects, then Get Stuck In is the place for you! You'll work with the National Trust in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Peak District, often over 2 days with basic accommodation provided.  


Ten volunteering events have already happened and this year the 2024 MOM funding will enable the continuation of these conservation projects. Not only will you be doing vital footpath repair work, drainage ditch digging, cairn-scattering, clearing litter and removing invasive species, but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn new skills and meet like-minded people.



Sign up for a volunteer session to help out.

A collage of people working to repair a mountain path

Credit: Steve Charles

We’d like to say a huge thanks to our customers for helping us reach our Pennies milestone, allowing us to help fund the amazing projects led by the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains.


Whether you’re exploring the Peak District, Snowdonia, or any other location across the UK, having the right kit is essential for an enjoyable adventure. Discover our wide range of outdoor kit to equip you for every exploration; from winding coastal paths to mountain peaks.


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