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Experts called in to help with path repairs

Posted 3 February 2011
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Experts called in to help with path repairs
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Repairs to the Lake District path almost destroyed in the 2009 floods should stand the test of time thanks to the input of expert environmental engineers, the national park authority has said.

The team examined the area between Gategarth and Scarth Gap - an old packhorse route between Wasdale and Buttermere - with one conclusion being severe damage had happened before because of drainage issues.

Resolving these will be essential to ensuring the repaired path is built to last, the experts concluded.

Independent funding helped pay for the study and paths and public projects co-ordinator for the authority Dylan Jackman said this information "will be used to help supplement more traditional path repair techniques used by the national park".

The route is often used by walkers climbing fells such as Red Pike and Haystacks.

Fellwalking author Alfred Wainwright regarded Haystacks as his favourite summit in the national park and his ashes were scattered there after he died in 1991.