Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fix The Fells Path Re-Alignment on Cat Bells

Today we were volunteering again this time for The National Park. Our duty today was to erect 5 posts & notices on & around Cat Bells. The notices advise where the Fix The Fells work parties have put new paths in, not quite on the original legal line, but on the line that has been walked over the years. The Park then has to apply for the legal line to be changed to this new path & a bit like planning permission the public have the right over the next 28 days to lodge any objections. After that date the notice needs replacing for a further 42 days to state that no objections have been received & that the legal line is to be changed. As this is a legal requirement & the notices are going in the papers at the end of the week we had to do this task one day this week. We had been posted the paper notices but needed firstly to go to the Blencathra Centre to collect the posts, boards & equipment we needed. We were surprised by how big the posts were, we had thought they were more like stakes than fence posts. We had a hammer with us but that was not going to knock these posts into the ground so borrowed this maul. We had bought bigger rucksacks, there are three posts in one & the maul & other kit in the other. The first two were close to where we had parked so we set about these first We then began our climb up Cat Bells, Skiddaw in the distant haze. Hindscarth & Robinson
St Herberts Island on Derwent Water
It's quite a slog up the first section even without all the kit we were carrying
And a bit depressing when you see the summit in the distance for the first time (to the left of Skellgill Bank)
But we soon get to the top of Skellgill Bank & the summit doesn't look so difficult
As we approach the summit looking back at where we have walked
At last one of the posts can be put to use & lighten our load
Andy & the maul (we weighed it when we got home & it was a stone)
Who would be daft enough to volunteer to carry that up this high?
Karen was the lucky one who had it in her rucksack, another post has been put in place, just one more to go.
A launch on Derwent Water
The final one just off the summit where the new path starts
Downhill from here (Walla Crag in the background)
Looking back up the path, our sign is to the left of the path
Blencathra in the distance
We then walk around Cat Bells back to the car, looking up at the summit
The bench in the bottom right of the last picture is dedicated to the writer Sir Hugh Walpole who lived in a house below us
Crag has disappeared in the ferns here as he has found the first running water of the walk & he is trying to drink the stream dry.
Keswick & Derwent Water from a little further down
An enjoyable hard days work, at least when we come back in a month we will only have to change the notices, a staple gun should be the only tool we need to carry.

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