Wainwright calendar cash for Fix the Fells

Date: Friday 23rd March 2018
Caroline Nichol and Nick Holmes, from the Wainwright Society, present the cheque to Richard Fox (left), of Fix the Fells.
Caroline Nichol and Nick Holmes, from the Wainwright Society, present the cheque to Richard Fox (left), of Fix the Fells.

THE Wainwright Society was delighted that sales of its 2018 calendar raised a total of £9,100, and this money together with donations from the society’s challenge brings the total raised for its beneficiary, Fix the Fells, to £10,600.

The donation was presented at the society’s annual meeting on Saturday and will be used during 2018 to repair Long Stile, the final ascent on to the summit of High Street in the Far Eastern Fells, between Ullswater and Haweswater.

Alfred Wainwright, who wrote seven pictorial guides to the Lake District fells, considered this ascent from Mardale to be the finest way to the summit.

Speaking on behalf of the charity, Fix the Fells programme manager Joanne Backshall said: “The Wainwright Society has raised a fantastic amount for Fix the Fells and we can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work and contributions.

“The money will be spent on repairs to the path on the Long Stile ridge, where it steepens towards the summit plateau of High Street, because this has eroded into a loose, unpleasant gully.

“A helicopter lift is required to bring in stone to stabilise the gully and discourage use of the vegetated sides. The site is particularly remote and will require a long journey and walk to site for the rangers each day.

“The National Trust north lakes upland rangers will first find and bag the stone to be flown to site, and then work for an anticipated 130 days on the repairs to this path. We hope all those enjoying this lovely part of the Lakes will appreciate the more resilient route created.”

The society will be producing a 2019 calendar, which will go on sale later this year. The profits from its sales will be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, the society’s main beneficiary for this year.