It is estimated that over 12 million people visit the Lake District every year, and 10 million of these people use the National Park's footpaths.
The huge number of visitors means that the footpaths are put under a lot of strain and have been eroding for many years.
A number of factors can contribute to the erosion of footpaths, including:
Levels of use
Angle of slope
Proximity of facilities
Type of activity undertaken
The Lake District National Park authority are looking into various techniques to help reverse the effect of erosion on popular paths. Some of these techniques include:
Stone-pitching. This is a traditional method for surfacing the paths with stone. It uses larges, locally-sourced stones put into the ground to create small, irregular steps that blend into the surrounding landscape.
Sheep fleecing. This is an old technique that rangers have revived in recent years. It is used in areas where the paths are boggy or peaty. Sheep fleeces are folded and rolled to create a 'floating path' that is then layered with stones to protect the peat but also allow water to drain more easily.
A fund has been launched to help raise money for the restoration of footpaths in the Lake District.
The National Trust say that 1.25 miles of routes across the Lakes, including popular paths up Scafell Pike, need replaced over the next two years.
It is estimated that the cost of the repairs will be around £160 per metre, totalling £250,000 per mile.
Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonnington told the Lake District National Park that reducing visit numbers is not the answer to the problem:
“The use we make of hills is more than just recreation. It represents the chance of recharging batteries in lives that are becoming more pressurised and technologically based. Reducing the numbers of people going intothe hills must never be seen as a solution.
"Our need for them is too great. The challenge, therefore, is to find ways of enabling people to venture into the hills without spoiling them.”