Re-Building Whelter Bridge

Last year Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 competitors raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. We made a £10,000 donation to the National Park who repair the Footpaths in the Lake District. The National Park identified two areas as being in need of urgent repair along the Lakeland route. As an acknowledgment of the fundraising efforts of the Lakeland competitors there is a small plaque placed at each site. The work at Whelter Bridge has now finished and the National Park have provided a short blog of their efforts.

Twelve volunteers turned up on the Wednesday work party in January to help replace a wooden footbridge on an inaccessible footpath on the back side of Haweswater.

To avoid the long walk in we decided to sail the materials in and out of the site across the reservoir using a boat loaned to us by the Coniston Boating Centre and very capably driven by Derek Tunstall one of our Ullswater Boat volunteers.

Volunteers were a great help with this particular task carrying all the materials up from the boat on the water edge across rough terrain to the work site.

Our own field team built the new bridge with the help of two new Flood Rangers who were keen to learn from the experts.

Once dismantled the old bridge had to be returned to the other side so yet more carrying was required – this time up to the road.

Everyone worked very hard in difficult conditions and by the following day the new bridge had been completed.

The bridge over Whelter Beck was kindly sponsored by Lakeland 100 and we managed to gain special consent from United Utilities to launch a boat on the reservoir.

A great team effort involving staff, volunteers, other colleagues, external funders and various partners – thanks to all involved.

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