After some consideration on what would be the best method to repair the path we decided we needed additional materials as there was little suitable rock on site. So earlier this year several tonnes of gravel and rock was delivered to a nearby site and we filled the bags.
With the bags all filled, the next job was to get it up to Gowbarrow. A helicopter was used to fly it in, with the bags dropped near to the most eroded areas.
The next group to help us was from the Environment Agency's North West team. Once again we struck lucky with the weather and by the end of the day we'd completed another good section of path.
So we set to work. Although it always seems wrong putting a path through an untouched area, given a bit of time the original path will green over and, in this instance, eventually the heather will return and nobody will be any the wiser.
Due to the close proximity of the crag, the bags had to be dropped a fair distance away from the new path.
To help make the path more durable we used a whacker-plate to compress the surface.
Though only with us for a few hours they managed to get another decent section of path completed and also seemed to have great fun doing it.
Word had obviously spread from the Environment Agency about our work up on Gowbarrow, and later on in the year we were joined by another group, again from the North West.
Even though the weather had noticeably started to deteriorate since earlier in the year, we completed another good section of path.
Over the course of the year we clocked up an amazing 162 volunteer days. Although we said it at the time we'd really like to reiterate how thankful we are for everybody's help. The work on Gowbarrow is incredibly labour intensive and there's no way we could have completed it without all the additional help. Thank you.
A few more photographs from our time on Gowbarrow can also be seen here... Gowbarrow photographs.