Path erosion in the Lake District
The Lake District bears testimony to the effects of increased traffic and the need for restraint by event organisers

Descending Snowdon via the Pyg Track near Pen-y-Pass

Environmental Policy

Most upland paths will have a visual impact on the landscape, whether there for traditional access for stalking, or for the simple pleasure of walking in an appealing mountain environment.

The paths that exist today are predominantly there for outdoor recreation, through the rise in popularity of hill walking, concentrated on particular mountains.

Increasing and excessive use has resulted in wear and serious erosion, with some very large and obtrusive scars causing unacceptable visual impact.

This has lead to the need to build or repair paths in a way that minimises the impact of use and erosion, and restores sites to an acceptable and durable state.

Only when this is done can access be sustained and environmental benefits seen.

  Path repair work in Snowdonia National Park

We believe that large scale challenge events can have a damaging impact on our mountain paths.

Therefore, we try to minimise this effect and also reduce the impact on local residents, by strictly controlling the number of participants per event.

Our small group policy is designed to minimise impact on the rural infrastructure - roads, footpaths & communities directly affected by our operations.

We put the environment and safety first and operate a strict policy on group size for our events providing professional support with a 1:8 instructor ratio per team.

Click here to see our article in the Jan 09 issue of TGO magazine where we feature in ‘The Big Debate’.

  Lifting in repair materials by helicopter

The increasingly popular 3 Peak Challenge will always impact on the local community during anti-social hours.

However, with careful route planning and sensible programme schedules this impact and the disturbance on the local community can be greatly reduced.

Scheduling of start times especially at Wasdale Head is important and to avoid late night disturbance we aim to finish on the descent of Scafell Pike by 11.00pm.

We wish to develop a sustainable business with minimal impact on the local community and we limit numbers to  a manageable level on our most popular events.

Although many companies organize mass charity fundraisers with literally hundreds of entrants; we believe, in addition to the environmental impact, that this can lead to a compromise in safety standards due to ineffective group management.

  Eroded mountain footpath
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