September 22, 2021

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The staycation boom has led to an increase in the erosion of the Lake District landscape, according to an organisation set up to protect the area.

Fix the Fells has carried out £10 million worth of work to repair paths and erosion scars in the national park since it was set up 20 years ago.

On the anniversary of its formation, those involved in the organisation said its work was needed now more than ever.

Programme manager Joanne Backshall said: “The pandemic has led to people really appreciating the outdoors and the benefits that can bring.

“That’s brought more people here and more people into the outdoors and that’s all great, we’re not about stopping that, we’re just about managing the impact that it has on the landscape.

Ranger Pete Entwistle said: “We have seen a huge increase in footfall on some of the more popular paths.

“If this was to continue with the numbers of visitors we’re getting now I can see us having an awful lot more work in the future.”

The organisation, which relies on fundraising and grants, spends £500,000 on repairs in a typical year, with every metre of path costing £150 to create.

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “Due to our changing climate and more erosion through intense rainfall, this vital maintenance work is needed on our high fells more than ever.”