Lake District Charity Challenge events
Lake District 24 Peaks Challenge team departing Gatesgarth Farm en route to Red Pike

Path erosion on the Coldale Fells

The path from Newlands to the Col between Crag Hill and Sail

Environmental Policy - Lake District Challenges

Most upland paths will have a visual impact on the landscape, whether there for traditional access for stalking, or for the simple pleasure of walking in an appealing mountain environment.

The paths that exist today are predominantly there for outdoor recreation, through the rise in popularity of hill walking, concentrated on particular mountains.

Increasing and excessive use has resulted in wear and serious erosion, with some very large and obtrusive scars causing unacceptable visual impact.

This has lead to the need to build or repair paths in a way that minimises the impact of use and erosion, and restores sites to an acceptable and durable state.

Only when this is done can access be sustained and environmental benefits seen.

  Path repair work in Snowdonia National Park

We believe that large scale challenge events can have a damaging impact on our mountain paths.

Therefore, we try to minimise this effect and also reduce the impact on local residents, by strictly controlling the number of participants per event.

Our small group policy is designed to minimise impact on the rural infrastructure - roads, footpaths & communities directly affected by our operations.

We put the environment and safety first and operate a strict policy on group size for our events providing professional support with a 1:8 instructor ratio per team.

This approach combined with high quality professional support and first class equipment consistently yields high success rates in all of our challenges.

  Lifting in repair materials by helicopter

There is always the risk that challenge events will impact on the community during anti-social hours.

However, with careful route planning and sensible programme schedules this impact and the disturbance on the local community can be greatly reduced.

Scheduling of start times especially at Wasdale Head is important and to avoid late night disturbance we aim to finish on the descent of Scafell Pike by 11.00pm.

We wish to develop a sustainable business with minimal impact on the local community and we limit numbers to  a manageable level on all our events.

Although many companies organize mass charity fundraisers with literally hundreds of entrants; we believe, in addition to the environmental impact, that this can lead to a compromise in safety standards due to ineffective group management.

  Eroded mountain footpath
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