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Lakes path restoration fund

A fund has been launched to help raise money for the restoration of footpaths across the Lake District.

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Path repairs cost £160 per metre

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.”

– Sir Chris Bonnington

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