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Lengthsmen required for Lakes path project

Posted 14 January 2011
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Lengthsmen required for Lakes path project
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Good walking boots could be the most important equipment for volunteers wanted for a new project to help with footpath maintenance in the Lake District.

The national park authority has published an appeal from charity group Fix the Fells for lengthsmen - a local term for people who look after local rights of way.

Such volunteers would help with work such as clearing away debris and gravel, reporting on areas of damage and repairing eroded patches as they maintain paths that are walked on by some of the ten million visitors the national park gets each year.

Volunteer Tim Duckmanton said: "A lot of the volunteers I work with see it as an opportunity to 'give something back' to a landscape which has afforded them so much pleasure."

Work is undertaken by parties of between two and five people.

Fix the Fells has also been busy publicising its work in London this week, as it is at the Outdoors Show in the Excel centre.