News from Pete Entwistle for July 2015

  • Pitching the path at Millbeck Farm

    14:28 24 July 2015
    By Ade Mills, Pete Entwistle, Leo Walmsley

    We've recently been working on a section of path next to Millbeck Farm in Great Langdale. The path had some old pitching around the gate but this was in need of replacing and much of the rest of the path had been disturbed during excavations for the new hydro project.

     Before starting work

    The repairs were relatively straightforward except for a small section underneath a veteran Yew tree. To cause as little disturbance as possible to the tree we moved some large boulders into position to form the edge of the path. This meant we could raise the path over the roots and not have to dig through them. Luckily there was still a digger on site after the hydro work so we had the rocks in place much more quickly than if we'd had to move them by hand.

     Section under the old Yew

    In time as the Yew grows it's likely that we may have to reset some of the stones, so we'll keep a close watch on things.

     Pitching under the Yew

    After a couple of weeks we'd replaced the path from beneath the Yew tree and up through the new gate.

     Repairing the path near the gate

    We brought in some extra topsoil that was being used for landscaping around the intake of the hydro-electric scheme and put some grass seed down, to give the path a good chance to recover.

     Most of the landscaping completed

    After just a few weeks time the new section of path was looking much improved.

    Finished path

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Ranger Supervisor - responsible for supervising upland path repairs and maintenance for the National Trust in the Central and Eastern Fells.

My interest in the outdoors and walking in the Lakes goes back to spending every weekend as a child walking with my parents up one mountain or another, by the time I was 10 I'd probably been up every mountain in the Lakes.

I've also have a keen interest in the environment and spend many hours photographing wildlife.

Blog:
http://fellrangers.blogspot.co.uk