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Helvellyn clear-up declared a success

Posted 5 October 2011
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Helvellyn clear-up declared a success
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A large-scale effort to clear litter away from popular spots on England's third highest mountain has been declared a major success, which may make the climb more pleasant for those heading up the 3,117 ft mountain in their hiking boots.

Friends of the Lake District said 14 bags of rubbish were filled on its Helvellyn Fell Care Day last week, when 120 volunteers and 50 schoolchildren helped out with the project.

One area of focus was the litter around Striding Edge, Swirral Edge and Red Tarn.

A number of groups were involved in the day, including footpath repair charity Fix the Fells, who helped unblock drains on 10.5 km of footpaths, while red squirrel conservation activities also took place.

There will be another Fell Care Day in Ennerdale on October 18th.

Other recent Fix the Fells activity that could benefit walkers climbing 3,000 ft mountains in the national park included repairing a path up Mickledore, a narrow ridge connecting England's two highest mountains, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell.