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Repairs for eroded mountain path

The fragile wildlife on Helvellyn has been put at risk

Repair work is to begin on one of the Lake District's most popular high-level paths which has been eroded by walkers.

The work, which starts on Monday on the rocky face leading from Striding Edge up to Helvellyn's summit, will also protect fragile arctic alpine wildlife.

The ascent is not being closed, but numbers on the route will be restricted during helicopter stone drops.

The path is one of the most popular in the Lake District, attracting tens of thousands of walkers a year.

The £10,000 work is expected to last up to five weeks, but stone drops are only likely to take place on a few occasions.

Marshals will be on hand during those times.

A spokesman for the Lake District Fix the Fells project, said every effort would be made to keep disruption to a minimum.

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