Hundreds of volunteers are needed to ‘light up’ the Peak District’s Great Ridge, joining TV presenter Julia Bradbury to create a spectacular show of support for Mend Our Mountains. Here’s how you can be one of them.
The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign continues to gather pace with plans for a spectacular event – lighting up one of the most popular walking routes in the country to celebrate Britain’s landscapes and raise awareness of the urgent challenges they face. The event is run in partnership with The Camping and Caravanning Club.
On Tuesday May 22, TV presenter and Camping and Caravanning Club President Julia Bradbury and another mystery celebrity will be leading hundreds of volunteers on a night-time adventure dubbed the ‘Great Ridge Light Night’. The aim is to illuminate the whole length of the sweeping Great Ridge, one of the most treasured natural landmarks in the Peak District.
The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign aims to raise £1 million to tackle runaway footpath erosion in all 15 of the UK’s National Parks. It is coordinated by the BMC, run in conjunction with a coalition of National Park authorities, outdoor enthusiast groups and charitable trusts, and headline sponsorship is provided by Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock.
The BMC has joined forces with The Camping and Caravanning Club, one of the BMC’s founder bodies and fellow membership organisations, to run the Great Ridge Light Night alongside National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW). This year NCCW runs from May 28 to June 3 and aims to get the nation out both camping and walking – campers’ number one pastime. We are appealing for enthusiastic and experienced walkers from all over to take part in the event, both as volunteers and marshals.
The event is inspired by events like the Lakeland Festival of Light (coming up on May 5) and the lighting up of the Matterhorn.
To fully illuminate the Great Ridge, we need hundreds of volunteers to turn out on the night and pack the length of the route, from Mam Tor (the ‘Shivering Mountain’) on the western end of the ridge, all the way across to Lose Hill at the eastern end. Headline sponsors Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock will be helping us drum up support in-store and online.
A combination of head torches worn by the volunteers and high-powered lanterns will create a snaking line of light across the route which will then be captured on camera. The resulting publicity will give a big boost to the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal, as well as highlighting National Camping and Caravanning Week.
The Lakeland Festival of Light last year. Can we do the same on the Great Ridge? Photo: Carmen Norman
You can sign up to be a part of this exciting event and find out more about it on Eventbrite.
As a thank you, all marshals will receive a free headtorch donated by Robens and Vango.
There is important information about safety, equipment, weather and responsible behaviour on the Eventbrite page – please make sure you read all this before signing up.
Looking after our landscapes
The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal features some of Britain’s most popular hills, mountains and walking routes, including Scafell Pike, Cader Idris, Whernside, Beinn a’ Ghlo and the South Downs Way.
By any measure the Great Ridge is one of the most popular walking destinations in Britain, not to mention one of the most heavily filmed and photographed – recently it has featured as the stomping ground of the giant Channel 4 robot.
This popularity has taken its toll, resulting in a wide and spreading scar along its middle section, which will cost around £140,000 to fix – as much as £200 per metre of path.
But the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal is about more than tidying up a few muddy paths; it aims to galvanise a sense of pride and responsibility for looking after places that play an important role in many of our lives. Lighting up the Great Ridge will symbolise this collective determination to give something back to the landscapes we care about.
Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million
The hugely popular Mend Our Mountains campaign returns in 2018 with a target 10 times higher than before. That's right, we're aiming to raise £1 million to repair paths in the UK's 15 National Parks.
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