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Lake District paths 'largely intact'

Posted 8 January 2010
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Lake District paths 'largely intact'
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Most of the paths on the Lake District fells are in good shape, a volunteer organisation has stated.

Hikers studying the routes on behalf of the Fix the Fells project said that although some areas have suffered significant damage, most are perfectly sound for those who want to go walking there, Grough reports.

John Atkinson, the project manager for Fix the Fells, which used volunteers from the Lake District National Park Authority and the National Trust to carry out the inspections, praised the actions of those who keep paths in good order.

He said: "The paths we build are designed to withstand heavy rainfall, but the work the volunteer lengthsmen carry out to maintain the paths is absolutely essential."

The news means those who want to don men's hiking boots or women's hiking boots and take to the hills can do so in the knowledge that they have good tracks in place.

Earlier this week, Fix the Fells issued an appeal for volunteers to get involved in path repair projects.

Posted by Brandon Egley