The Great Ridge Restoration: MPs and mountaineers discuss how to Mend Our Mountains and Ways

Posted by Estee Farrar on 27/09/2017
Mountaineering APPG at Mam Tor Summit - Photo: Estee Farrar

The Mountaineering All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) exists to promote the sporting and recreational interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers; to raise awareness of the physical and social benefits of mountaineering; and to campaign for sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside.

Mountaineering APPG Walk 2017

MPs took to the hills on Friday 8th September 2017, to walk the Great Ridge, in the Peak District with the BMC and Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) on the annual walk of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering (Mountaineering APPG).

The walk came ahead of the launch of Mend Our Mountains 2 campaign, which will get underway later this year.  This is an ambitious follow-up to the hugely successful Mend Our Mountains campaign which the BMC ran in 2016, to raise funds to help restore footpaths in eight National Parks across the UK. 

Visitor numbers are increasing hugely in National Parks.  Outdoor activities and walking are becoming much more popular, benefitting local communities where people visit.  However, funding cuts, flooding, increased pressure and erosion are taking their toll on footpaths in the National Parks. 

The BMC represents a growing membership of 85,000 keen hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers.  Mend Our Mountains was conceived to begin to fix some of the problems arising in National Parks, which needed repair but lacked the funding to do so effectively.  The BMC saw that it was time to put something back, restoring the paths and fixing the damage, as this cause is relevant to the outdoor public. Mend Our Mountains enables people to make a positive difference, to be part of the solution to issues that they may have contributed to, taking responsibility for the places they love and cherish; raising funds  and being part of the collective effort to provide solutions to visible problems.  The campaign allows the public to get involved with making outdoor activities sustain themselves.

 

The Walk

Four MPs, including John Mann (Bassetlaw); local MPs Ruth George (High Peak) and David Rutley (Macclesfield); and Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South) walked alongside key PDNPA staff, BMC and OIA representatives. 

The walk followed the route from Mam Tor to Back Tor, high above Edale, providing MPs the opportunity to walk this very popular pathway, gaining an understanding of the issues in the area and to discuss how the planned restoration work could benefit the area on eroding sections.  Mend Our Mountains 2 aims to raise £1 Million for 18 essential path repair projects across England, Scotland and Wales.  

Estée Farrar, BMC Access & Conservation policy officer said: “The Mountaineering APPG walk was a positive step to gaining political support for the essential work envisaged by Mend Our Mountains 2.  The meeting also enabled MPs to see problems on the ground and to discuss potential solutions, gaining an understanding of the work and costs involved.  It has helped build relationships between the BMC and PDNPA and gained political support from local MPs for the Mend Our Mountains 2 campaign”. 

 

 


JOIN THE BMC: 5 reasons hill walkers should join the BMC

Join online today by Direct Debit and save 25% on your first year's membership.

WATCH: What does the BMC do for hill walkers?

GET THE KNOWLEDGE: BMC resources for hill walkers

 


« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 1722 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

Exploring the intersection between winter mountaineering and environmental data collection
1
Exploring the intersection between winter mountaineering and environmental data collection

Robbie Blackhall-Miles, the Vascular Plants Officer for Wales at the wild plant and fungi conservation charity Plant Life, sat down with Tom Carrick, the BMC’s Welsh Access Officer, to discuss the significance of the BMC Winter Monitoring System.
Read more »

Taking Sustainable Steps: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living
0
Taking Sustainable Steps: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living

In an era where climate change has reached critical levels, organisations worldwide are stepping up to the challenge of addressing the climate crisis. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), representing climbers, hill walkers, and mountaineers in England and Wales, is taking significant steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a leading example in the fight against climate change.
Read more »

Thousands more embrace Hill Walking
6
Thousands more embrace Hill Walking

Thousands more people embrace hill and mountain walking, according to new Sport England figures.
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
2
25/01/2023
I was suffering from Lupus and Type 2 diabetes for over 8yrs. I tried many recommended drugs by our family medical Doctor. none was able to cure me , at last became dependent on saferoom and metformin due to the weakness and constant pains, i found that life was just sinking & there was no way of hope. i read about a herbalist from african Dr Ofua Ofure on his website, i decided to consult him through his contact i got from his website (+2347059497969) and (thegreatherbalhealinghome@gmail.com ) for herbal treatments, cause i have read testimonies of his herbal medicine curing several people from different disease and infections on his website: (https://dr-ofua-ofure-herbal-healing-home.business.site) , two days later, I make order for the herbal medicine and a week later i receive it at my house here in Manitoba CA, After some couple of days taking this herbal medicine, Things started to change, The symptoms started to decrease , a week later all symptoms were gone permanently .
At this point i was saying to myself i cant wait to complete the dosage as instructed by him, I became fully free from all the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and Lupus, at the completion of the dosage after 21 days. i feel healthy again and i rush down to the hospital for check up and the test result confirmed it that am now free from diabetes and Lupus, I told the medical Doctor how it was possible and gave him the herbalist Dr Ofua Ofure contact. am sharing this here for anyone who is having health issues either it been diabetes, lupus or any other disease/infections, should please contact Dr Ofua Ofure for lasting solution.
My life is totally different now. That’s why I decided to let everybody know about the wonderful healing of Dr Ofua Ofure,

RELATED ARTICLES

Exploring the intersection between winter mountaineering and environmental data collection
1

Robbie Blackhall-Miles, the Vascular Plants Officer for Wales at the wild plant and fungi conservation charity Plant Life, sat down with Tom Carrick, the BMC’s Welsh Access Officer, to discuss the significance of the BMC Winter Monitoring System.
Read more »

Taking Sustainable Steps: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living
0

In an era where climate change has reached critical levels, organisations worldwide are stepping up to the challenge of addressing the climate crisis. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), representing climbers, hill walkers, and mountaineers in England and Wales, is taking significant steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a leading example in the fight against climate change.
Read more »

Thousands more embrace Hill Walking
6

Thousands more people embrace hill and mountain walking, according to new Sport England figures.
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »