Up to 800 volunteers are going 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.
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.
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.
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.