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Ponies used to fix Lake District footpaths

Posted 29 April 2010
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Ponies used to fix Lake District footpaths
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The Fix the Fells project has turned to horsepower to help repair footpaths in the Lake District.

Five Cumbrian fell ponies were used by a team on a job this month that saw repairs carried out to a path from Ennerdale to Starling Dodd.

The creatures helped carry 150 bags of stone up the 1,411 ft of ascent in one trip, something that would have taken humans five journeys to accomplish.

Paul Delaney, the upland path supervisor for the National Trust, which provided the ponies, said: "So much was achieved in such a small period of time. Cracker, Thor, Prince, Solo and Serenade did a brilliant job and very obviously enjoyed every minute".

Those planning to grab a trekking pole and go walking in the area may soon benefit from the work of the ponies, as well as other repair jobs carried out by Fix the Fells, such as an upcoming project around the Scale Force waterfall above Buttermere.

Visitors to Ennerdale can enjoy climbing mountains such as High Stile, Pillar, Kirk Fell and Great Gable, with places to stay including the famous Black Sail Hut near the top of the valley, a former bothy that is now a youth hostel.

Posted by Brandon Egley