Exmoor National Park Authority wants to raise £10,000 for a spectacular path in Exmoor, but they are a long way off target – and they need everyone’s help… so please share this story.
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has launched the ‘Mend our Mountains’ crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise money for urgent path repair projects in some of the most spectacular places in Britain.
Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott CBE and presenter Julia Bradbury are supporting it, along with eight National Park Authorities.
A badly eroded section of the path near Long Chains Combe in the Exmoor Forest is part of this project as Mend Exmoor, and in just over three weeks has raised £860. But if pledges continue at this rate, it simply won’t be enough.
Dr Nigel Stone, chief executive of Exmoor National Park Authority, says: “We are very pleased to be working with the British Mountaineering Council in this innovative way of encouraging people to help maintain some of the most important walking routes in the National Park.
“The project we have put forward is one of Exmoor’s most remote and rugged tracks – an ancient route over the moor which is part of the Two Moors Way. 2016 is the 40th anniversary of this famous trail and we hope that people will support the work that is needed as part of the year’s celebrations. We are very grateful to local Exmoor businesses XMAN Events and Encounter Walking Holidays for their help in providing some of the rewards on offer to donors.”
Sue Applegate, rights of way officer at Exmoor National Park says: “Our aim is to raise £10,000 in order to airlift approximately 30 tonnes of stone to repair the path near Long Chains Combe and bring it back to a good standard so that riders, cyclists and walkers don’t get stuck in the mire.
“We have less than five weeks left to get near this total, so you can appreciate the scale of the task facing us. We need to spread the word much more widely to get as many donations so possible so please help if you can.”
Not only do you get to support a really worthwhile cause, there are also some great rewards up for grabs for pledging your support, including:
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor (pledge £10)
- A Mend Our Mountains T-shirt and a huge range of BMC rewards (£50)
- Entry to the Exmoor-based ‘Tri The Goat’ extreme triathlon on 3rd September (£100)
- Encounter Walking Holiday voucher
- Exmoor Signposts – have your own single finger ‘Exmoor’ fingerpost made by the ENPA Field Services Team (£200)
- A day out with a ranger for up to three people discovering hidden Exmoor (£250)
If you’ve enjoyed the giant coastal cliffs, whale-backed hills and winding valleys of Exmoor before, now is the time to give something back.
Spread the word
Please pledge what you can spare and share the word among people you know. If everyone who used this path in a year gave just 50p, it would be sorted!