Fixing Friar's Crag

Published : 07 Oct 2016

Storm Desmond hurled violent waves at the lake shore of Derwent Water, turning floating trees into battering rams. The gabions that support the main path to one of our best-loved viewpoints were torn apart and the path could have been at risk of collapse in a future storm.

It's taken several months to secure the necessary legal consents and to find a contractor, but finally work is under way to repair the damage.

There will be some noise and disruption to walkers while the digger removes the debris and manoevers the new gabions into place, but the good news is that Friar's Crag will remain open while the work is ongoing.

The work is expected to take about two weeks, and will cost over £10,000

Love the Lakes, love running

This repair job is a bit extra-special for us, because it's been partly funded by the 450 people who took part in the Borrowdale Trail Race and the Scafell Mountain Marathon on Saturday 9 July 2016 as part of the National Trust’s Derwent Water Regatta.

The races were organised by High Terrain Events, and raised more than £700 in donations for the Fix Friar's Crag appeal. A further £257 was raised in donations and raffle ticket sales during weekend, which means the Derwent Water Regatta contributed almost £1,000 towards the cost of repairing storm damage at Friar’s Crag.

Working together to look after the Lakes

Event organiser Ian Mulvey said “We’re delighted to be able to support the work of the National Trust. People love running in Borrowdale because it’s so beautiful, and it would be less beautiful without the National Trust. They do a really important job caring for the landscape and repairing the trails which our customers love to run. We think it’s really important to donate and help to protect a place runners really love and want to keep on enjoying into the future.”

How the bank looked the morning after Storm Desmond
tree branches and stones scattered from the torn gabions
How the bank looked the morning after Storm Desmond

Penny Webb, Countryside Manager for the National Trust in the North Lakes said “We want people to enjoy the landscape we care for in their own way – whether that’s a quiet solitary walk or a running event competing against hundreds of other people. The simple fact is that as a charity we can’t foot the bill for repairing all the wear and tear that large sporting events inevitably cause to the fragile upland habitat. That’s why it’s great to work with responsible event organisers like High Terrain who work with us to choose routes that are less vulnerable to damage, and who donate towards conservation repairs.”

Why not join in a future High Terrain event and help raise funds for the National Trust? Click here to visit their website.