Mend Our Mountains

Help us to conserve and repair the places you love

Help us repair Britain's paths and trails

Our paths, trails and bridleways form an iconic system that is the lifeblood of the Great British outdoors. Those honeypot routes that everyone walks – the paths most travelled – are at risk from the very same pairs of boots that love them.

And it’s not just about repairing paths. Our mission is to rethink the way the British public cares for rights of way and the delicate, beautiful landscapes they dissect. Through a diverse set of projects that cover the whole of the United Kingdom, from majestic wilderness in Scotland to outdoor education in the Cotswolds.

Make a real difference

Path repair is a surprisingly costly business. Working in remote locations with complex equipment and adverse weather conditions makes rebuilding trails an enormous and expensive challenge. £150 could buy protective clothing for path repairers. £250 is normally equivalent to fixing one metre of footpath. £1000 would pay to fly one bag of stone to an inaccessible mountain location.

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Support Mend Our Mountains

By supporting Mend Our Mountains, you’ll be directly helping paths and people around the UK. In 2024 we will be funding a range of projects that include:

  • Training volunteers and supporting wardens and rangers across the country so they can repair paths, help improve biodiversity and continue to teach / learn valuable rural skills
  • Restoring important access routes to some of our most iconic peaks and climbing areas

Our Projects

Learn more about the invaluable work we are supporting across England and Wales. The BMC has raised over £1.4 million so far for the Mend Our Mountains Project. That's 50 miles of fragile footpath restored for future generations. 544 miles of upland repaired - the equivalent to over 67,000 double decker buses so far!

  • Cotswolds AONB

    Mend Our Mountains will be funding a new role of an Access Officer to facilitate and unlock a wide range of work focused on access and removing barriers.

  • Fix The Fells

    Mend Our Mountains will fund a ranger service to support the work of the 'Fix the Fells' teams in the Lake District National Park for a year. Money raised will be used directly for path repair and would allow the teams the flexibility to use the money when and where it is most needed.

  • North York Moors

    Mend Our Mountains will be restoring the access routes on one of the North East’s most iconic peaks: Roseberry Topping. The Pathway Restoration project will focus on ten sections of path around and leading to the top of Roseberry Topping that need repair.

  • South Downs National Park

    The South Downs Way National Trail climbs Washington Bostal (a sunken chalk trackway) up towards Chanctonbury Ring. The surface of the bostal, which is a public bridleway, has deteriorated with deep ruts making it difficult for walkers, cyclists and equestrians to negotiate. Mend Our Mountains will fund the regrading and repair of the 800m trackway.

  • Peak District

    Mend Our Mountains is helping fund a new footbridge at Cressbrook Mill that provides a crucial link across the River Wye linking the concession footpath from Cressbrook to Litton, to the open access land and on to the Monsal Trail and linking to climbing opportunities in Water-Cum-Jolly. It will bring back a vital access route which has been closed for some time due to the degradation of the bridge, increasing access to walkers and climbers.

  • Get Stuck In!

    Working with the National Trust in the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Peak District, often over two days, the BMC is arranging to fund conservation projects where they’re most needed. Works involve path maintenance, drainage projects, stepping stones, vegetation clearance or cairn-scattering, led by the local National Trust Rangers.

Get Stuck In! Volunteer Days

'Get Stuck In!' is a key part of helping repair our paths, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. By signing up to a volunteer session you have an opportunity to get out on the hillside, learn new skills and meet like-minded people whilst making a real difference to our wild places. Take a look at the upcoming footpath repair volunteer days we have available this year on our Mend our Mountains projects.

Get stuck in!

VOLUNTEERING DATES

Past Projects

  • Essential path upgrades in Snowdonia

  • The Great Ridge restored in the Peak District

  • Nun's Cross Path in Dartmoor

  • Neuadd Path in the Brecon Beacons

  • Scafell Pike in the Lake District

  • South Downs Way

  • Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales

  • Mountain Mending in Scotland

What does it take to be a mountain path repairer?

An interview with mountain path repairer Ryan Hamilton to find out more about the highs and lows involved in this vital job

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