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Historic path has 20,000 repairs
The route from Force Crag Mine to Coledale Hause
A series of deep and wide gullies have been formed
A badly-eroded historic mine track has been given a 20,000 makeover.

The route from Force Crag Mine to Coledale Hause, in the Lake District, is thought to have been part of a medieval link.

The path had deteriorated so badly over the years that gullies up to three metres deep had formed.

The restoration work has been carried out by the National Trust with Lottery money and from a scheme set up to repair paths in the fells.

Wear and tear

The route was used by horse-drawn carts carrying barytes and zinc minerals and miners dubbed it the Burma Road in memory of mountainous routes built by British soldiers.

After ore ceased to be transported in the early 1960s, maintenance dwindled and it fell into disrepair.

Lake District National Park Authority upland paths adviser Richard Fox said: "Many people use this path and over the years have been forging alternative routes around the gullies which, in places, are up to several metres wide."

The Fix the Fells scheme was set up in July 2004 to raise money to replace worn out footpaths.

National Trust archaeologist Jamie Lund said: "Wear and tear by mining operations on the track led to a 10,000 aerial ropeway in 1941 to transport ore, but was abandoned six years later when the track swung into action again.

"Obviously we are all delighted by the restoration work, which signals another era for the old route."




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