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Recently the Fix the Fells team started evaluating paths with the help of their committed volunteers.  Above is Steve, the National Trust West Valleys Upland Footpath Team Supervisor, who is evaluting the path on the Helvellyn summit.

May from our team has been working with the Fix the Fells team and their path volunteers to develop an evaluation criteria for assessing their paths.  Working together they created a set of points against which they can go out and assess the paths.

We’ve been told that in this photo above you can see how the path on the righthand side was spreading outwards with no containment.

In the photo below, looking up the path to where Steve was evaluating, you can see the lefthand side has been recovered.

For the last week our fab team – Kate and Ellie – have been up mountains in the Lake District interviewing people for our Fix the Fells work.  They have also been in Keswick speaking to people in the town, and have been sending us updates and great photos of what they’ve been up to.

This is undoubtedly our highest consultation ever!  And check out the beautiful banner Ellie made for the consultation…

We thought it would be nice to include a few of the reports from Kate and Ellie:

Thursday 16th June 2011

We were heading for the top of Helvellyn this morning but it was pouring with rain, so we headed to the Moot Hall in Keswick.  We enjoyed a trickled of interviewees there, but as soon as it brightened up we headed back out up to Catbells where we had a steady flow of people who all thought it was a good idea us being up there.  Let’s hope the weather is better than forecast tomorrow!  Best wishes, Kate

Saturday 18th June 2011

The cloud was down and the rain light though persistent, but many a hardy walker passed our little base at the entrance to Seathwaite Farm.  Nearly all we stopped were happy to chat, despite either being keen to get on with their five-hour hikes or absolutely exhausted after returning from such exertions!