News from Pete Entwistle for November 2016

  • Fixing the landslide at Seldom Seen

    11:48 30 November 2016
    By Ade Mills, Pete Entwistle, Leo Walmsley

    As part of our work on the path at Seldom Seen we have also recently repaired a substantial landslide, around ten metres in length, which was washed away during heavy rain.

     Landslide from below

    The first part of the job was to build the path up to it's original height. Using large stones (the same as we use for path building) a dry stone wall was built and the area behind the wall was filled in with material excavated from elsewhere on the path.

     Building up the revetment wall

    The top side of the path had also been badly eroded by walkers trying to find a new route around the landslip. This area was re-profiled and a trench dug into the bank to take water away from the revetment wall and send it through stone drains at either side.

     View of the landslide from the path

    Once the revetment wall was completed and back-filled we covered the path surface with pinnel. Pinnel is a type of gravelly soil that compacts down very well to form a hard surface. This was dug out from around the washout and from the path above. It's very labour intensive to dig but gave the path a really nice solid finish.

     Repaired path showing the drainage

    Finally the top of the wall was turfed and landscaped to discourage people from walking on the edge and potentially causing damage.

     Landslide from a slightly different angle

    The new section of path has made a huge difference and will help prevent the area becoming further eroded by people trying to pick a route around it.

     Repaired section of path

    Beyond the landslide a stone path was built incorporating stone drains to prevent water running down on to the area that had been washed out.

    Footpath beyond the landslide

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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.

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