During the recent talks at the Ambleside to Consiton recce day, the Lakeland 100 team handed over a cheque of £6000 to the National Trust for work to be carried out between Little Langdale and Tilberthwaite. Simon Hill the National Trust Area Ranger for this area ahs provided a brief summary of the progress that has been made to date.
Following the donation we recently received from the Lakeland 100, our Upland Rangers have begun the hard work of protecting the drystone walls alongside the Lakeland 100 route between Little Langdale and Tilberthwaite.
This route was once an important link between the two valleys. But over the last years increased erosion to the track and its surface has badly undermined the adjacent drystone walls, exposing their foundations and leaving them vulnerable to collapse.
Not only are these walls a defining characteristic of the farm that we want to protect, they are an important livestock boundary between the open fell and the adjacent quarries for our tenants whose flock of Herdwick sheep graze the land.
The first task for our upland rangers was to try and manage the constant flow of water down the track which was eroding away at the walls foundations through the construction of large stone ‘cut off’s’ to shed the water higher up the track.
Upland work is tough, the installation of one of these ‘cut-offs’ takes days with stone needing to be locally sourced even before the work can begin.
Management of water running off the fells can be hard to get right, but success is equally satisfying. The drains are now in and working well, so work is moving onto the wall itself which will be another 2-3 weeks of sustained effort.
If you are out recceing this part of the Lakeland 100, over the next few weeks, do look out for the work, and our upland rangers. They are passionate about their work and will always spare a minute to talk you about to the project which we hope will serve to protect the walls for another century.