1. ITV Report

Mend our Mountain campaign calls on public to back Wales' most popular peaks for 'future generations'

Walkers tackle the Pen y Fan mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park Credit: PA

The British Mountaineering Council are callings on the public to make a contribution towards maintaining some of Wales most picturesque landscapes by pledging towards their Mend our Mountain campaign.

The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are two of eight UK national parks which are to to supported by this campaign.

The money is needed so that 'urgent' upland repairs can be can be carried out on damaged paths on some of Britain's most popular peaks

Walkers making their way to the summit of Mount Snowdon. Credit: PA

An initial UK wide fund raising target of £100,000 has been set but the campaign aims to raise as much as £30,000 for Snowdonia and £10,000 for the Brecon Beacons alone.

Cost to repair a metre of path in most remote parts of Brecon Beacons.

The Brecon Beacons popular horseshoe path, which takes in Pen y Fan, has deteriorated badly over the last 20 years and is one of the paths that this campaign is hoping to maintain.

Pen y Fan in the highest peak in southern Britain. Credit: PA

Uplands are immensely important to the National Parks’ visitors and residents for both adventurous and quiet recreation but they offer some serious challenges in terms of managing the land -not only for conservation of the delicate but vitally important peat bogs but also the network of paths that cross them. This scheme presents an excellent opportunity for those that love the hills to put something back so that future generations can enjoy them.

– Melanie Doel, Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The response to Mend Our Mountains so far has shown that many walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts care strongly about looking after the mountain landscape. It is a challenging time for the bodies which ‘look after’ some of our most important landscapes. Booming visitor numbers and smaller budgets, compounded by the extensive damage of recent flooding, means that many national park authorities are struggling to keep up with the ongoing challenge of erosion. But we want to send as loud a signal as possible that we are prepared to do what we can to stop mountain erosion. These hills are ours to climb and ours to care for. The more we raise in this campaign the stronger this message will be.

– Carey Davies, BMC hill walking officer