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Footpath repair teams hit target ahead of time

Posted 15 November 2011
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Footpath repair teams hit target ahead of time
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Lake District footpath repair volunteers have reached their 2011 target for days of work provided with over two months to spare.

The national park authority said the Fix the Fells lengthsmen - people who repair and maintain routes for the benefit of those heading to the hills with their walking boots and rucksacks - reached their target of 1,000 hours of work in 2011 in late October.

Volunteer co-ordinator for the national park authority Tim Duckmanton praised the work of the charity's path repairers, stating: "We could not achieve what we do without the outstanding enthusiasm and commitment constantly shown by our volunteers."

The National Trust works alongside Fix the Fells, with the paths not just being resurfaced but also enhanced through new drainage channels being established.

Last week, the national park authority revealed that over £1 million has now been spent restoring routes damaged by the severe floods that hit Cumbria in 2009.

Despite this, work remains to be done and is expected to continue until March 2013.