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Lake paths appeal raises 327,000
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More than 50 paths have already been restored
An appeal to raise cash for repairs to worn-out footpaths in the Lake District has raised 327,000 in its first year.

However, organisers say the fight to combat wear and tear by 24 million feet a year is far from over.

A website was set up to tell people about the damage to the paths and how they can help fund repair work.

It is hoped the Fix the Fells appeal will eventually raise 5m and the Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged to give 2 for every 1 donated.

Pop star turned award-winning gardener Kim Wilde has backed the campaign and has praised donors who have already helped restore 54 of the Lake District National Park's renowned mountain routes.

Damaged routes

But national park officials say 91 others are seriously eroded and in need of repair.

Ms Wilde said: "Once paths have been destroyed, there is no going back. We have to fix the paths now.

"It is so easy to take them for granted, until one day they will be gone. We have to look after them and keep them safe for our children and grandchildren.

"It is important to keep the momentum up, so the 5m appeal goal can ultimately be reached and all the damaged routes restored."

The Fix the Fells project is a joint initiative between the Lake District Tourism and Conservation Partnership, National Trust, Lake District National Park Authority, English Nature and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Lake District National Park Authority's uplands paths adviser Richard Fox added: "We have had a great start, but there's still a great deal to be done and a lot of money needed to do it."

1m to repair worn out footpaths
05 Mar 03 |  England

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