Long Chains Combe Improvements
Carey Davies, The British Mountaineering Council’s Hill Walking Development Officer, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support restoration work near Long Chains Combe with proceeds from the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains campaign.
“This work is happening because thousands of walkers and lovers of the outdoor landscape of Britain came together to make it happen.
“Mend Our Mountains was a massive crowdfunding campaign which raised almost £104,000 in total for eight path repair projects in some of the most popular and iconic upland landscapes in Britain. It was a real 'community' effort, with lots of different elements of our 'outdoor world' pulling together for a cause and being involved in different ways.
“It is great to be able to include this beautiful Exmoor location as one of the supported projects. Exmoor contains some of the most awe-inspiring and entrancing landscapes in Britain.
“The Exmoor coastline is rightly famous among walkers and climbers, where picturesque villages nestle among breathtakingly huge coastal cliffs. But the inland landscapes are wonderful too, like The Chains, where the atmosphere of older eras is preserved among tightly-wound valleys and moors dotted with ancient stone circles like the ones at Long Chains Combe.
“Everyone should be free to explore the British outdoors, but the accumulated impact of walkers does take a toll, which you can see here. The Chains also gets a lot of rain, and in the past has experienced some of the highest daily rainfall Britain has ever seen, which exacerbates the problem of erosion.
“Our National Parks do a fantastic job of looking after the landscape but they are under increasing pressure, particularly after half a decade of budget cuts. This is why we ran Mend Our Mountains. There is no substitute for proper funding and support for National Parks, but if walkers, climbers and others are given the opportunity to give something back voluntarily to the landscapes they love, then they will.”
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