2017-01-06   facebooktwitterrss

A Lasting Legacy that Helps the Landscape

One of the country’s best-loved walking trails has been added to a project that is improving access to the countryside while paying lasting tributes to a lost loved one.

The Friends of the North Pennines, a charity whose members are passionate about looking after the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (AONB), run the Donate-a-Gate scheme. This scheme aims to replace old stiles and other access points with new gates which include plaques commemorating the life of someone special or a memorable event.

Donate a gate

Donate a gate

Gates have already been placed in some areas of the AONB but the scheme will now focus on the 70-mile stretch of the popular Pennine Way in Cumbria, County Durham, and Northumberland between Tan Hill and Greenhead.

David Fruin, the Chair of the charity, said:
“If you have ever grumbled about having to negotiate some of the more awkward stiles on this route, the Donate-a-Gate scheme is a great way to improve things. Not only will the scheme improve countryside access, it can also be a perfect memorial to someone who loved the outdoors or to celebrate an event such as a birth, a wedding or a graduation.

“If you have a particular location in mind, either because it’s a favourite place or a specific stile that you really found awkward, then we will do our best to accommodate your requested location.

If you’re happy for us to choose a location, then we can do that, too.”

A new gate, complete with plaque, costs around £400. Negotiations with landowners and installation will be arranged by the local county council’s rights of way officers.

For further details and an application form click here

North Pennines

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